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Editorial: 50,000 residents stuck in the middle

Friday, November 21, 2014

Massachusetts has seemingly been able to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to providing health care to its residents. Even with some of the issues associated with the federal Affordable Care Act, the pronouncements coming from Beacon Hill have been that the state continues to move in the right direction when it comes to coverage, innovation and controlling costs. That’s why we find the recent development affecting 50,000 … 0

Editorial: Can’t succumb to Siren’s call

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It was another video-taped beheading carried out by the so-called Islamic State, this time of Peter Kassig, an American aid worker, and it again left the United States and much of the rest of the world horrified and scrambling for a proper response. But the answer, despite the sorrow and outrage these killings … 0

Editorial: Making it all first class

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If you happened to join the other local people who toured Greenfield’s new high school Saturday, you probably agree that what’s been completed so far is fabulous. From modern classrooms that provide the right kind of wiring for today’s technology and the changing tools that teachers and students use, to loads of natural light for a more comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, it’s a … 0

Editorial: A rate shock for New England

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Most Franklin County residents are probably aware of the plans being made by at least one company, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., to bring a natural gas pipeline through our region. The public is being told that this pipeline is an effort to increase fuel availability here in New … 2

Editorial: Holder’s career a mixed bag

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

There are several attributes you want from the person filling the job of Attorney General of the United States: legal smarts, moral standing and, yes, an interest in serving those citizens without power. After six years in the Obama administration, Eric Holder proved to have all of those … 0

Editorial: Fall fits perfect with New England

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

We don’t remember such an incredible stretch of weather as we’ve seen over the last week or so. Sunshine and warmth, with nary a cloud floating in the blue sky. You couldn’t ask for any better weather just as autumn begins to pull out its pallette before painting … 0

Editorial: What’s the plan for western Mass.?

Monday, September 29, 2014

We have a little more than a month to go until the state’s general election, and the candidates for governor are all busy campaigning, trying to round up enough support to carry them to victory in November. As they stump around the state, the public is likely to … 1

Editorial: Charlemont window work

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The restoration of the stained glass windows at the Charlemont Federated Church is undoubtedly a source of pride for the congregation. The work brought back to life the Tiffany-style windows … 0

Editorial: Growing hunger crisis

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September is a month during which the public is supposed to be focusing greater awareness about hunger here in America. At its simplest, the issue of hunger here is driven by economics, too many citizens just don’t have enough money to buy food. It may be they don’t … 1

Editorial: Keep waterways a source of pride

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Autumn arrived this week, which means that many people are beginning to think about fall cleanup. For the homeowner that generally means raking leaves or getting the house ready for the cold and snow. But there’s another cleanup today and Saturday, one that based upon another type of … 0

Editorial: Arts Block, Pushkin direction hits snag

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

News that the owner of the Arts Block and the Pushkin buildings in Greenfield, Edward Wierzbowski, has filed for bankruptcy protection was a development that wasn’t supposed to be in the cards ... not when you think about the progress toward revitalization downtown Greenfield has been making over … 0

Editorial: Deciphering the latest MCAS

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

People with much more at stake — and greater expertise — regarding the latest Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores are undoubtedly going over the latest round of results at this moment to better understand what’s happening. They’re looking for good news, as well as any possible trends that … 0

Editorial: Lots of questions with tires

Monday, September 22, 2014

The discovery of a blanket of tires along a river embankment off Colorado Avenue in Greenfield presents more questions than answers at this time. Some of those questions are part of the past and may not lend themselves easily to answers, but others are very much part of … 0