Editorial: State doesn’t want to get burned by marijuana

Friday, March 27, 2015

When it comes to budding prospects of marijuana becoming legal in Massachusetts, there is one question that state officials have to answer: Do they want to be ahead or behind the curve? Given the state’s experience so far with medical marijuana, advance preparations for what is surely on the horizon makes sense. One such step has been a group of legislators putting together a bill that would pave the way … 0

Editorial: Senate holds AG nominee hostage

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Over the past couple of years, Americans have witnessed the U.S. House of Representatives being turned into something that often resembles a Saturday Night Live skit rather than a serious group of public officials trying to reach reasonable compromises. Recently, we’ve heard members make statements so full of errors and exaggerations as to be laughable. And now it seems that the other chamber … 0

Editorial: Conway neighbors show the way

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Right neighborly. That may seem some sort of quaint phrase to someone coming to western Massachusetts from outside the region — from the eastern part of the state or even one of the more urban areas south of here. But when you call one of the 26 communities that make up Franklin County your home, you understand how good neighbors can make such … 0

Editorial: Politicizing vaccines a sick act

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Some things that should never be mixed together: bleach and ammonia, drinking and driving, even, say many people, business and pleasure. We can add to that list: politicians and public health. In recent weeks it’s become clear that … 0

Editorial: Move the school offices

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Letting go of an attachment is never easy, even if it’s the right thing to do. In some quarters around Greenfield, there has been a heartfelt desire to keep the former Davis Street School ... the current home of the public schools department. The subject of moving the … 0

Editorial: A new emperor for Mass.?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

One upon a time, the Legislature — and by extension the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts — was ruled by an emperor. Yes, there existed a Senate president and governor, and there was the judicial branch, too, but the true seat of power seemed to rest with the man … 0

Editorial: Mohawk signals need to be heeded

Monday, February 2, 2015

Mohawk Trail Regional School District is sending out signals that are either a warning or an S.O.S. In either case, district residents — and the state — need to heed the call and act. What’s happening is that the nine-town regional school district is caught in an economic … 0

Editorial: Erving tries to find life for old factory

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Brief thoughts on some events taking place around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We would like to think that there can be new uses and new life for buildings like the former International Paper Co. mill in Erving. We’re glad to see that the community continues … 0

Editorial: Finally, the focus will be on the game

Friday, January 30, 2015

Super Bowl weekend. The world won’t necessarily stop on Sunday as the National Football League season reaches its climax with its championship game, but ... We know that much of Franklin County will join the rest of New … 0

Editorial: State should keep hands off this gift

Thursday, January 29, 2015

One of the feel-good stories around Massachusetts lately has been Nicole Bollerman. She’s the third-grade teacher at an elementary school in Dorchester who won prize money from Capital One’s “Wish For Others” campaign back in December. Her submission in part said, “My #wishforothers is that my voracious, adorable, … 0

Editorial: Glad this storm wasn’t historic

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If you live in Franklin County and woke up Tuesday morning and wondered where all the snow was, you weren’t alone: A winter storm for the ages? How about a bust? To be fair, the weather predictions of … 0

Editorial: An early challenge for Gov. Baker

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has determined that the budget deficit Massachusetts faces today stands at $765 million. That there was a budget deficit isn’t exactly news. Former Gov. Deval Patrick let the state know back before the November election that the commonwealth was running in the red, thus … 0

Editorial: Free to move the nation forward

Monday, January 26, 2015

Two more years with no elections ... can be freeing. During the State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama broached the subject when he said, “I have no more campaigns to run,” it was met by applause … 0