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Editorial: Debt dispute gets out of hand

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It was supposed to be a routine matter — a dispute over a repair bill that landed in small claims court. What was unexpected was that an individual in the case wound up being sentenced to 30 days in jail because he couldn’t pay $508 — an outcome that evokes images of Charles Dickens and the dreary debtors’ prisons he wrote about. Yet this came out of a Hampshire County … 0

Editorial: Let the buyer beware

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Despite the centuries separating us from the days when Latin was not only the language of ancient Rome but provided a common means of communication around the known world, there are words and phrases that still hold value today. For example, caveat emptor — Latin for “let the buyer beware ” — is as true today as when savvy Romans checked to make … 0

Editorial: A tragedy that demands a response

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

We inhabit a world where all kinds of tragedies take place. Some of these events — derailed trains, bus crashes, fires — get little attention, save from those directly involved. Others catch the world’s attention and demand a collective response. The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over a part of eastern Ukraine, which killed all 298 passengers and crew members on … 0

Editorial: EPA moves needle on greenhouse gases

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

We have been talking and talking about what we can and cannot do when it comes to reducing greenhouse gases over the past few years. Unfortunately, much of the talk about reducing carbon emissions — a major source of these gases — has been not much more than … 0

Editorial: Resignation won’t fix VA

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki will not heal the broken Veterans Affairs hospital system — a system whose shortcomings were well documented long before Shinseki, or for that matter, President Obama, took office. The … 0

Editorial: We are passionate for local politics

Monday, June 2, 2014

We’re not surprised that Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr., the U.S. speaker of the House who died 20 years ago, was continually credited with saying “all politics is local.” He was, after all, from Massachusetts. From the dumping of tea into Boston’s harbor back before this was an … 0

Editorial: Anti-drug energy

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We were pleased to hear Town Council President Mark Wisnewski speaking forcefully about the need for a more proactive role for the town in facing the current opioid crisis in … 0

Editorial: How can we tell?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes. Sandy Hook school attacker Adam Lanza. And now Elliot Rodger, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who killed six and wounded 13. Is there any way, any way at all, to predict such terrible events ... and prevent them? Those listed … 0

Editorial: Grads, practice kindness

Monday, May 26, 2014

Charles Dickens, in a “Tale of Two Cities” was about to delve into his story of the family, love set in the London and Paris of the late 1700s, when he wrote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age … 0

Editorial: Those who gave their life for country

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Today, across the nation, Americans are honoring those who have served their country in time of war, sometimes paying for that service with their lives. Memorial Day, an observance with … 0

Editorial: Uncap liquor license numbers

Friday, May 23, 2014

Being proud of its heritage and history is one thing, but Massachusetts needs to finally let go of a vestige from its Puritan Blue Law past: the state-mandated cap on the number of liquor licenses in a given community. That’s why the state Legislature should go along with … 0

Editorial: Land protection comes with a price

Thursday, May 22, 2014

It’s hard to argue against preservation of our forests for their ecological value and beauty, as well as their history. But there should be an understanding that such protection does come with a price, one that can put a significant squeeze on some communities. That appreciation seems to … 0

Editorial: School Choice gets cold shoulder

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

School Choice is a policy that deserves careful consideration and review by the administration and board that runs a potential host school. The intent when the policy was promulgated at the state level was to provide students and their families with a sort of “safety valve” when it … 0