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Editorial: Preventing copycat killers requires several steps

Monday, October 12, 2015

After a 26-year-old man killed nine people at the Oregon community college he attended, people alarmed by the prospect of copycat killers called on the media to minimize — or eliminate altogether — use of the killer’s name and image. They make a point. But let’s take care not to let it obscure other measures — particularly making it harder for mentally unstable people to get firearms — that could … 0

Editorial: Glad he stayed in state Senate

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: With the focus of state officials squarely on the troubles that the state Department of Children and Families faces now, it was nevertheless and interesting to learn about a request from the administration of former Gov. Paul Cellucci of state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg. As the … 0

Editorial: Verbal screening plan lacks details

Friday, October 9, 2015

Untangling the opioid crisis in Massachusetts requires an ability to see the many different strands that compose this troubling situation. The public knows that the crisis fueled by heroin and opioid abuse is a multilayered health issue, one that calls for treatment, including more facilities with more beds as well as programs and services to help individuals remain on sobriety’s path. The public … 0

Editorial: Take advantage of the waning summer

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We have now entered the last week of August, which is likely to have more than one person lamenting the passing of another summer. Our advice: get out and enjoy … 0

Editorial: Berkshire Gas should lift its moratorium

Friday, August 21, 2015

If you find yourself questioning the moratorium Berkshire Gas has in place forbidding new customers or expanded uses in parts of Franklin and Hampshire counties, including Amherst, Deerfield, Greenfield and Hadley, you’re not alone. Only the most naive would accept at face value the company’s explanation that it … 1

Editorial: Shifting approach to heroin epidemic

Thursday, August 20, 2015

People on the front line of the addiction epidemic in the Pioneer Valley see the kind of destructive power heroin and painkillers have on the community. Individuals in the health field, social services and law enforcement also know that to overcome this deadly scourge, it’s going to take … 0

Editorial: Heath deserves better from state

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Heath has to date done what’s been expected of the community to make a new safety complex a reality. It applied for and received a state grant toward the long overdue project. The state government, however, has since withdrawn its $2 million grant, because of last-minute deficit-cutting. But … 0

Editorial: Let’s get more details about ‘GreenLight’ costs

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

An infrastructure to match the readily available technology: that’s the equation that so many Franklin County communities are trying to solve. As many towns try simply to get wired for high-speed broadband Internet service, Greenfield is planning to take a different step — a townwide municipally controlled broadband … 0

Editorial: Obama pushes U.S. to act on climate change

Monday, August 17, 2015

President Barack Obama announced one of the most significant efforts to control pollution in the nation’s history, with his Clean Power Plan calling for major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to help curb global warming. The new federal … 0

Editorial: School schedule will require watching

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Readers in the Frontier Regional/Union 38 districts were reminded last week that not only is the opening of another school year rapidly approaching, but there will be a wrinkle this … 0

Editorial: The attack on Planned Parenthood

Friday, August 14, 2015

The recent attempt in the United States Senate to defund Planned Parenthood, failing though it did, is likely to be just a pause in the action. The fight over abortion, it seems, will never end. While the battle lines in the ongoing fight over a legal medical procedure … 0

Editorial: Warwick gun ban

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Think of Warwick nestled in the North Quabbin area, and its rugged natural landscape comes to mind, as does its village center with historic buildings and town common. But who would think of Warwick as the setting for debate and concern over concealed firearms in town government meetings? … 0

Editorial: Celebrate community health centers

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

When it comes to health care access, we’re in the midst of a week worth noting and celebrating. Officially, this week is National Health Center Week, a time set aside to focus the public’s attention on community health centers and their role in providing Americans, particularly the poor, … 0