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Editorial: Thanksgiving Day can serve up some hope

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Thanksgiving holiday means many things to many Americans. It’s a holiday steeped in history and traditions. The day has evolved over time to kick off the holiday season that stretches through December and comes to a conclusion on Jan. 1, New Year’s Day. Most important, it’s a day that is supposed to give us pause to think about how … 0

Editorial: As promised, an independent energy study

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Attorney General Maura Healey promised Massachusetts that she would deliver an independent examination of the state’s future energy needs. She did so in part because of the scenario painted by Kinder Morgan, the company behind plans for the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline: Massachusetts and the rest of the region would continue to experience outrageous spikes in electricity costs just as it … 0

Editorial: Probe casts pall on district

Monday, November 23, 2015

Anytime an arm of the federal government steps in to investigate a local matter, it can’t be good. That’s not to say the FBI probe of how federal money for Greenfield school meals was handled will turn up wrongdoing of any kind. But until the public knows the results of the inquiry, it casts an unwanted pall on the district. And it’s not … 0

Editorial: Rosenberg’s give and take with FERC holds hope

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg of Amherst delivered a message to federal regulators when he visited Washington, D.C., last week — there is deeply rooted opposition to the Northeast Energy Direct project that would send a natural gas pipeline through western Massachusetts. Just as significant for pipeline … 0

Editorial: Our volunteer fire departments need you

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Volunteers are at the heart of any community — this is especially true in the small communities that dot the Pioneer Valley. We don’t want to imagine what life would be like without the men, women and children willing to pitch in, not for fame or anything close … 0

Editorial: Lighting a fire over wood stoves

Monday, October 5, 2015

Call it “informational and educational.” Talk about “best practices.” Make the point that this was just a discussion and that it’s too early to determine where such talks might lead. But when wood stoves become a topic for a meeting of a Greenfield Town Council subcommittee where the … 5

Editorial: Unity Park living up to its name

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: When thinking about public parks, many of us don’t often think about accessibility and how people with disabilities might not be able to enjoy what’s available. That certainly can’t be … 0

Editorial: Keep increasing composting

Friday, October 2, 2015

You don’t have to convince us about the benefits of composting. Getting food waste, soiled paper plates, cups and napkins out of the stream that would otherwise be headed to some incinerator or landfill makes sound economic sense for any number of Franklin County communities. According to the … 0

Editorial: Greenfield election on horizon

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Greenfield’s voters will have a unique opportunity next month. On Nov. 3, residents head to the polls at Greenfield High School to essentially make over their local government. A change in the town’s charter has put every seat on every elected board before the voters this fall. Voters … 0

Editorial: State stepping in on teens, tanning booths

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Our state Legislature has a full menu to choose from in trying to serve the public interests here in Massachusetts. Looking out for the welfare of its citizens, however is tricky business. What may be the Legislature’s idea of watching out for the welfare of its constituents may … 0

Editorial: Clothing kids for cooler days ahead

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The weekend’s bright sunshine was accompanied by cooler temperatures, a subtle hint that the season is changing. And while October holds the promise of similar glorious days in the sun, the fact remains that people are putting away the shorts and summer wear for apparel better suited for … 0

Editorial: Battle of bands turns to battle of words

Monday, September 28, 2015

Down at the Three County Fair in Northampton, and in social media comments ricocheting around the globe, people got passionate about “sultry.” That’s the word a female judge wrote on a comment form — actually, it was “use the sultry” — after a Sept. 5 performance by three … 0

Editorial: In keeping with Church Street Home’s mission

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: It seems quite appropriate that while the Church Street Home in Greenfield may no longer be providing independent senior women physically with a place to call home, it will continue … 0