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 hear much about where they stand on statewide issues such as taxes, jobs, crime, governmental reforms. What we would suggest is that … 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 that have been very much a part of the church for more than 100 years. … 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 have a job or that they have make choices between being able to afford medicine … 1

Editorial: To everything there is a season...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Scorecard! Get yer scorecard! Ya can’t tell the players without a scorecard! The familiar chant is particularly pertinent these days for anyone watching a Boston Red Sox game. Mookie Betts? … 0

Editorial: A moribund GOP?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Is the Republican party becoming a minority that represents fewer and fewer Americans? Some political analysts, looking at recent numbers, are arguing that’s the case. Aside from members of Congress, party stalwarts, birth control opponents and Obama haters, they say, mainstream Republican numbers are dwindling. Add to that … 0

Editorial: Impermissible

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The other day, a man walking into Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport bought a cup of coffee and then strolled over to the passenger gate area. Perfectly normal behavior — except this airport visitor was carrying an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle slung over his shoulder. Needless to say, passengers … 0

Editorial: Greenfield plans

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

As was the case with most Greenfield residents, we were pleased to see Mayor William Martin’s list of planned projects for the town in Tuesday’s Recorder. Even if all of them don’t come to fruition, just the fact that they’re being considered is good news. He said that … 0

Editorial: A new nation?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

As the world’s attention is turned to Gaza and the bloody battles between Israel and Hamas, a chilling series of events is developing just a few hundred miles to the northeast. Islamic radicals known as ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, have spread from … 0

Editorial: Love thy neighbor?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Religious freedom was a core tenet of the creation of the United States. Despite the fact that the early settlers of New England — the Puritans — did not practice tolerance in their first years here, the men who crafted the Constitution were imbued with the principles of … 0

Editorial: Kudos to Sen. Stan Rosenberg

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We applaud state Sen. Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, for his courage in refusing to jump on the current anti-pipeline bandwagon, as so many of his peers have done. Rosenberg has not … 1

Editorial: Casino catastrophe

Friday, August 1, 2014

Is anybody in the common-wealth paying attention to what’s going on down in Atlantic City, N.J.? Back in 1976, when the first casino was built in the famous boardwalk city, developers told officials that they’d hit solid gold. And at first, it seemed to be true. Tens of … 2

Editorial: Patriotic psychopaths?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The other day, President Obama delivered a stinging rebuke to the steadily increasing number of U.S. companies that are avoiding federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas in deals known as “inversions.” Without much hope of a response, he called on Congress to pass laws to curb … 1

Editorial: How best to kill someone

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The recent, prolonged execution of an Arizona death row inmate has raised, once again, the question of how best to kill a human being condemned by his or her state’s court system. First of all, let us reiterate our own position on the death penalty. We don’t believe, … 0