Editorial: Right message, wrong place

Monday, December 22, 2014

As the protesters filed into the annual Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast their eyes were shining with delight at their daring. After all, they were venturing into the heart of the county’s establishment to deliver their message: Black Lives Matter. And, as one of their members stridently denounced racism, the others spread out through Deerfield Academy’s dining hall, passing out literature to the startled audience. It was a message … 0

Editorial: County steps up

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: GREENFIELD — Across Franklin County, despite the increased need, residents have been working hard through a variety of means to make sure their less fortunate neighbors have a happy holiday season. A recent Recorder story detailed the myriad of ways those needs are being met, … 0

Editorial: Saluting Orange’s plans

Friday, December 19, 2014

We’re glad to see that a group of nonprofit planners in Orange are working on the town’s waterfront, seeing it as one way to renewed regional prosperity. They envision an area paved with bike paths, boat launches and fully accessible public fishing piers — and are in the final stages of a deal with Erving Paper CEO Morris Housen for a low-cost lease … 0

Editorial: Any choice tied to finances

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re glad to hear that the effort to find a solution that works for the former First National Bank building on Bank Row in Greenfield is underway. Just as important, however, … 0

Editorial: It’s not art in the parks

Friday, October 31, 2014

Art can be provocative and challenging, leading to all kinds of emotions in the eye of the beholder. However, when she began using our national parks as a canvas, the graffiti artist who goes by “Creepytings” not only brought public attention to her art but in doing so … 0

Editorial: Taking on domestic violence

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Recorder series that has run this week has focused attention on domestic violence and recently passed laws addressing the issue, as well as area efforts to confront this abusive behavior. It’s not an easy problem to solve nor a subject we find pleasant to report upon. Yet … 0

Editorial: Make Coakley next governor

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Politically, Massachusetts is a much more complex place than the usual labels would have you believe. Sure, the state is seen as deeply blue, one of the nation’s Democratic strongholds. And it’s true that Democrats comfortably control both the House and Senate up on Beacon Hill. And the … 0

Editorial: Free speech? Hardly

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If anyone needed convincing that the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision equating corporations with individuals when it comes to political speech was a true mistake, this campaign season’s advertising reinforces just how terrible it has all become. In … 0

Editorial: Q 4 too far a reach

Monday, October 27, 2014

Massachusetts voters will decide on Nov. 4 whether the state should join two others in the country — Connecticut and California — in creating a sick time law. Ballot Question 4 seems straightforward in what it requires: Businesses with 11 or more employees will be eligible for earned … 0

Editorial: Pipeline fight comes with costs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: As individual communities mobilize to try to stop the building of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline, it’s likely to be a long, drawn out and expensive fight. … 1

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 … 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 … 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. … 0