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Editorials

Editorial: Virtual school, state remain at odds

Friday, October 24, 2014

Learning that state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester is not happy with how the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is performing doesn’t come as a shock. The backstory on the relationship between the online school and the state has been complicated from the very beginning. Just how much those past disagreements are playing into the present is anyone’s guess. Chester has recommended that the GCVS be placed on a 20-month probation, … 0

Editorial: No reverse on casinos

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Casinos will never be the financial golden goose for Massachusetts that some supporters contend. No, allowing the state to become host to this expansion of legalized gambling is a much more complex proposition. From the health of the overall casino market across the country to Massachusetts’ stops and starts in creating the framework and requirements for the awarding of the licenses for the … 0

Editorial: Warm the Children

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As Tom Bevacqua pointed out in his usual weekly column in Monday’s Recorder, we’re in a period of seasonal transition, one where we have to say goodbye to any lingering summer days and be prepared for what late fall tends to bring to us here in Franklin County. In other words, it’s time to get ready for the cold. As residents of the … 0

Editorial: Head to the primary polls

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Massachusetts voters have the opportunity to influence the way their government works next Tuesday. That’s when the Democrats and Republicans are holding their respective primaries, which will put the top candidates in the running for the November election. Voters should make their voices heard at this time, including … 0

Editorial: Proud of the new GHS

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The new Greenfield High School is now open for business and the first thing that comes to mind is “wow!” As good-looking as the exterior of the building may be, what’s inside is something else — a modern, spacious school that should serve well the students, staff and … 0

Editorial: Stupidity leads to fatal accident

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The accidental shooting death of a gun-range instructor in Arizona has stupidity written all over it. What makes the incident even more senseless is just how easily this entire tragedy could have been avoided, had the adults in the story used just a little common sense. Instead, we … 0

Editorial: Get ready for the county fair

Monday, September 1, 2014

An early Labor Day and a late Thanksgiving, combined with a cooler-than-usual summer and it’s easy to get confused where we are with the calendar. Is it really summer? Some days it’s hard to tell. So mark your calendar for Thursday through Sunday. That way you won’t miss … 0

Editorial: Clearing up bridge ownership

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: As the continuing story that is the Schell Memorial Bridge continues to be written, Northfield residents have to like the … 0

Editorial: Teens need more sleep

Friday, August 29, 2014

Teenagers like — and need — to sleep ... a lot. That’s not exactly earth-shattering news to parents who may have seen their child head off to bed at a seemingly reasonable time on a Friday only to see them emerge sometime Saturday afternoon. But what many adults … 0

Editorial: Mass. missteps with REAL ID

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nine years ago, Congress passed the Real ID Act and it became law ... but then things started to unravel. The idea was to make sure that when a person presented a driver’s license anywhere in the country, it confirmed their identity. But that hasn’t happened. Both the … 0

Editorial: Colrain should move on sewer system

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some old-fashioned advice for Colrain: Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. A significant opportunity has been presented by the state in the form of a $2.5 million grant that would go toward the building of a town center sewer system. That money, while not necessarily covering … 0

Editorial: Evil finds a new face

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Another extremist group has surfaced from the cauldron of the Middle East, a ruthless locust horde that leaves death and destruction in its wake. If Americans and other Westerners find the militants under the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq to be the latest personification of modern-day evil, … 1

Editorial: A new school year begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

Despite August’s last gasp of warm breath, people know that summer is on the wane. And if you need more proof, j ust ask the students. All across the county, school building doors are being flung open as … 0