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Editorial: Navigating dangers, counting blessings

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dangers loom large in the world. This is true now in 2014 as it was in 1620 when this land was a new world being explored by newcomers from Europe. Yet despite those dangers, there are still people who have faith, courage and a desire to make the best of their lives. Those qualities serve them well today, as they … 0

Editorial: Graham’s blind to Benghazi facts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

If there’s anything that illustrates the current “take no prisoners” mood in the Congress, it’s Sen. Lindsey Graham’s reaction to a long-awaited report by the House Intelligence Committee on the attack on Sept. 11, 2012, on our diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. An attack there killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. … 0

Editorial: A neighbor changes in Orange

Monday, November 24, 2014

Some 21/ 2 years ago, there seemed to be plenty of reasons to feel good about what was happening with Rodney Hunt Co. and its relationship with the Town of Orange. Hunt, a manufacturer of water control systems, and the community had over the years weathered the good times and bad together. In fact, the company has proudly called Orange its home for … 0

Editorial: Join the earthquake drill

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

“This is only a test ...” Many readers may recognize these words as signaling that a radio or television station is taking part in the Emergency Broadcast System. Massachusetts residents, as well as others across the country, will soon have a chance to send a signal of their … 1

Editorial: Bridge program proves to work

Monday, October 6, 2014

Six years ago, Gov. Deval Patrick and his administration initiated a program to address the deteriorating condition of bridges in Massachusetts. Since then, the program — backed by some $3 billion in financing — has been able to make a dent in the number of bridges under its … 0

Editorial: GCC does it again

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Kudos, again, to the folks at Greenfield Community College. Franklin County’s only college was one of five community colleges, out of 1,200 nationwide, to be recognized for its continual pursuit … 0

Editorial: Fix the Secret Service

Friday, October 3, 2014

When you’re the chief of an important federal agency, and you’re thrust into the spotlight before Congress and country because of problems, you’d better have your act together. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, who has headed agents who protect the president since March of 2013, couldn’t provide the … 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