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Editorial: Reason to celebrate since 1776

Friday, July 3, 2015

Today we get to celebrate the Fourth of July, an observance that should be near and dear to every American. After all, it was on this day in 1776 that the Continental Congress accepted the Declaration of Independence, the document that helped light the fuse for the American Revolution and so much more in the creation of the United States … 0

Editorial: Baker sets right tone on opioid response

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker during his first six months in office has declared war on the scourge of opioid and opiate addiction in Massachusetts, and reducing the epidemic of related deaths is a top priority for his administration. The recommendations issued last week by the governor are a forward-looking, comprehensive blend of approaches, combining prevention, education, prescription monitoring reforms, increased access to treatment, and … 0

Editorial: Olympic allure comes with costs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Having Massachusetts serve as host for the Olympic games is truly alluring. Although many of the events would be centered in and around the immediate Boston area, Franklin County could be the site for whitewater slaloms in canoeing and kayaking. Boston 2024, the organization that is trying to bring the Olympics here thinks … 0

Editorial: Meehan has plenty of work to do

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Marty Meehan, the new president of the University of Massachusetts system, says he plans to be more of a presence on the flagship campus in Amherst. That’s good to hear … 0

Editorial: Watch Bernie run

Friday, May 8, 2015

Fellow Americans, please join us in putting down the hammer, setting aside that big work project and telling those dirty dishes they can wait. Together, let’s climb to the nearest mountaintop, drink in the latest news from the presidential race and shout: Bernie! All right, all right, we … 0

Editorial: DCF struggles continue

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Eighteen months ago, the disappearance and death of Jeremiah Oliver revealed the holes in the state’s safety net as put together by the Department of Children and Families. What Massachusetts residents saw this week is that the issues plaguing DCF are bigger than first thought, with money and … 0

Editorial: Tsarnaev deserves a lifetime punishment

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Life or death? Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has already admitted guilt in the Boston Marathon bombing that left three dead and 264 injured, awaits his fate. A federal jury must now decide if Tsarnaev will be executed for his … 0

Editorial: Leave ‘birthright’ alone

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Anti-immigration fervor consumes too much energy, especially in Congress. Having seen legislative efforts stumble or fall short in either keeping undocumented immigrants out or sending home those already here, sights are now set on a higher goal: denying United States birthright citizenship by changing the Constitution’s 14th Amendment. … 2

Zinan/My Turn: A crowded Republican presidential field

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

With the first presidential primary a mere nine months away, Republican contenders are lining up in droves in their quest for the highest political office. The Democratic Party has chosen to live or die with Hillary Rodham Clinton, though Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is running for the nomination, … 1

Editorial: Call for help with EMT shortage

Monday, May 4, 2015

Eighty square miles, about 2,050 people, narrow winding roads — and too few EMTs. That’s the bind that Charlemont, Rowe and Hawley find themselves in as the 21st century unfolds with all its mobile medical marvels. Because the three towns served by Charlemont Ambulance Service can’t muster enough … 0

Editorial: House has to keep eye on SNAP

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re sorry to see the state House of Representatives did not act on a proposed amendment aimed at solving some recent problems with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly … 0

Editorial: Gay marriage ruling about kids, too

Friday, May 1, 2015

The gay marriage cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court make the clearest argument yet that the right to marry should be extended coast to coast. Why? It’s not just about adults and their rights; it’s about the kids. In a case that promises to be a turning … 0

Editorial: Pipeline talk lacked tact

Thursday, April 30, 2015

“Public relations,” according to the Public Relations Society of America, “helps our complex, pluralistic society to reach decisions and function more effectively by contributing to mutual understanding among groups and institutions. It serves to bring private and public policies into harmony.” The opposite may have happened at Friday’s … 3