Editorial: More power for community

Friday, August 22, 2014

Greenfield Mayor William Martin’s push to create a municipal conduit for electrical power may not be unique — there are plenty of communities that have their own municipal electric utility — but it’s important nevertheless. That’s because it’s about the power of community. “This will be a great economic development tool for us,” Martin told The Recorder’s Anita Fritz. “Large companies use a lot of electricity and we will be … 0

Editorial: It is the county’s hospital

Thursday, August 21, 2014

During the process of taking over the reins as president of Baystate Franklin Medical Center, we’re pretty sure that Steven Bradley had some long talks with his predecessor, Chuck Gijanto. We can well imagine, too, that Gijanto made a point of saying the people of Franklin County not only care about their hospital, but they pay close attention to what its officials say … 0

Editorial: New chapter for Lamson & Goodnow

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A business does not stick around for 177 years without hitting a few troublesome patches. That’s not to say that the news coming from Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. isn’t something to worry about. The nation’s oldest cutlery business filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week. That filing, according to the United States Courts website, usually means a debtor is proposing “... a … 0

Editorial: Born on the Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Born on the Fourth of July. That’s the most basic fact about the United States that Americans quickly learn, that the decision to break from Britain made by 13 colonies took place on this day in 1776. We know that leading up to July 4, visions and thoughts … 0

Editorial: Corporations get religion

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

First political speech rights and now religious viewpoints — what’s next for this edition of the U.S. Supreme Court to bestow on corporations? We shudder to think. The decision in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. … 0

Editorial: Reducing buffer zones

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Too restrictive. In two words, the U.S. Supreme Court said loudly and clearly that the Massachusetts law creating a buffer zone outside abortion clinics violated the First Amendment of the Constitution when it came to free speech. In this case, the unanimous court found that a distance of … 0

Editorial: Putting gambling on the ballot

Monday, June 30, 2014

Now it’s going to be up to Massachusetts voters to roll the dice when it comes to destination casinos in the state. If you’re a fan of having the voting public be the vehicle for decisions in Massachusetts, then you have to be cheering a Supreme Judicial Court … 0

Editorial: Good news for UMass students

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The decision by the University of Massachusetts to freeze tuition and mandatory fees for the second year running has to be seen as a plus for students and their families. Look … 0

Editorial: Free speech includes criticism

Friday, June 27, 2014

We were glad to see a recent decision by a U.S. District Court judge that stopped local officials in New Mexico from banning residents from saying anything negative at council meetings. Judge James O. Browning issued an injunction finding that the village of Ruidoso’s policy barring speakers from … 0

Editorial: Driver’s license not answer for illegal immigrants

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Handling illegal immigration in the United States calls for a pragmatic, just and humane approach by the federal government. What Americans don’t need is some sort of piecemeal answer put together by individual states — and that includes the issuance of drivers’ licenses currently being considered by the … 0

Editorial: Reading aloud gives boost to babies

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

You’ll get no argument from The Recorder about the importance of reading. After all, as a newspaper, we are in the business of the printed word and depend upon our readers to buy our product. Wanting people to … 0

Editorial: Newest wave of illegal immigrants

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Border security has been a prominent concern for more than a decade, spurred from various threats — some serious and others imagined — ranging from terrorists slipping into the country to the illegal drug and gun trade to … 0

Editorial: GCC continues to respond to the call

Monday, June 23, 2014

Call-and-response, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “a statement quickly followed by an answering statement.” The phrase, we think, is an apt description of the continual evolution of Greenfield Community College. At its base, GCC is the two-year institute of higher education serving Franklin County and beyond. But for … 0