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Editorial: We must address our gun problem

Friday, August 28, 2015

What began as a routine television interview became, in seconds, gruesome evidence of the intersection of narcissism, social media and the American gun culture. If any good is to come of Wednesday’s fatal shooting of two young journalists in Virginia, it will be for the nation — and those who lead it — to say, “Enough!” Vester Lee Flanagan II, … 1

Editorial: Creative economy building in Greenfield

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Greenfield and its downtown have long been a hub of activity for the community and its neighbors in Franklin County. Much of it is activity of an economic nature, given the different types of business that attract people to the area. The traditional economic engines — retail establishments, restaurants, tourist sights and other services — that help power the community seem poised to … 0

Editorial: Clean slate to a new school year

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The rock known as slate was commonly used instead of paper in schools during the Victorian age because it could be erased and used again and again. But “wiping the slate clean” took on a dual meaning for school children and others as erasing the slate also meant a chance to start fresh. … 0

Editorial: Bicycle tourism can help power our economy

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Many residents of the Pioneer Valley and the rest of western Massachusetts recognize that the region’s economic health isn’t a single lane. Rather, it’s a number of different routes combining to move the region forward. And bicycle tourism is seen as a significant cog in the region’s economic … 0

Editorial: Cosby testimony clears the haze

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The allegations of sexual assault surrounding Bill Cosby were obscured by the haze of time. The events took place so many years, if not decades, ago. And one of Shelburne’s most famous residents was steadfast in his denials. … 0

Editorial: Let’s fix Nashs Mill Bridge

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Summertime, that paradoxical time for motorists in New England. The season is an invitation to head out on the highways and byways, whether it’s a trip to Cape Cod, Hampton Beach or some other coastline destination or northern climes with the lakes, forests and mountains. It’s also the … 0

Editorial: Improving voter registration

Monday, July 6, 2015

Over the course of this year’s annual town meeting season, many Franklin County residents once again experienced our version of grass-roots democracy and the power of the ballot box. The vote is a powerful tool for making decisions that influence the shape of our government as well as … 0

Editorial: Stepping up for Harvest Supper

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: A tip of the hat to the volunteers who stepped forward so that the Free Harvest Supper will happen for the 11th time on the Greenfield Town Common. Earlier this … 0

Editorial: Reason to celebrate since 1776

Friday, July 3, 2015

Today we get to celebrate the Fourth of July, an observance that should be near and dear to every American. After all, it was on this day in 1776 that the Continental Congress accepted the Declaration of Independence, … 1

Editorial: Baker sets right tone on opioid response

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker during his first six months in office has declared war on the scourge of opioid and opiate addiction in Massachusetts, and reducing the epidemic of related deaths is a top priority for his administration. The recommendations issued last week by the governor are a forward-looking, … 0

Editorial: Olympic allure comes with costs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Having Massachusetts serve as host for the Olympic games is truly alluring. Although many of the events would be centered in and around the immediate Boston area, Franklin County could be the site for whitewater slaloms in canoeing … 0

Editorial: DPU falling short in protecting public interests

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

There are no lawyers in The Recorder’s newsroom to assess the state Department of Public Utilities’ review of Berkshire Gas Co.’s request to buy 20 years of natural gas from the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline through Franklin County. But that’s OK, because you only need a bit of … 0

Editorial: Dare to create

Monday, June 29, 2015

Imagine, for a moment, getting out of one play that really knocked your socks off and then running and laughing through the rain, to find first one and then two restaurants full, and then being delighted to get slices from Village Pizza and drinks at Seymour, before running … 1