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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. Ratified in 1868, the 14th amendment has its roots in the Civil War and Reconstruction and the status of the freed slaves. … 0

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, too. Meanwhile, the potential GOP candidate pool is in the teens. In no particular order … 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 volunteer EMTs to answer more than 40 percent of its calls, the service is in … 0

Editorial: Curbing tobacco use

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Passage of an ordinance in Greenfield that raises the age at which people can buy tobacco products is an understandable step. The goal is obviously to find a way to keep tobacco out of the hands of youngsters of any age with the hope that, at the age … 0

Editorial: Their heads in the Florida sand

Monday, March 16, 2015

It’s nearly irresistible to compare Florida’s governor and his administration to the mythical ostrich — the bird that is said to bury its head in the sand to avoid unpleasant realities. After all, the Sunshine State is one … 1

Editorial: Regional approach to sewer plant makes sense

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We have to think that a regional approach to sewer systems has to make sense for Deerfield and Sunderland. Both towns are looking at what would be costly improvements to … 0

Editorial: Open door the best policy

Friday, March 13, 2015

This week, members of the Greenfield School Committee learned what we hope is a valuable lesson: to err on the side of openness. Adhering to that principle will, we think, save one and all from problems ranging from simple embarrassment to something much worse, such as getting caught … 0

Editorial: Still marching from Selma

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Seeing thousands of Americans, representing different races, ages and backgrounds, march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., on Sunday brought to mind how many steps have been taken since that terrible day in 1965 — and … 0

Editorial: Film tax credits play to mixed reviews

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker has proposed abolishing the tax credits Massachusetts has been handing out to the film industry in order to attract more production companies here. His plan is couched in terms of redirecting the money toward the Earned Income Tax Credit, the state’s program that helps low-income … 0

Editorial: Juanita Nelson had quite a life

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

“Your life is your action” could be said to have been Juanita Nelson’s credo. Nelson, who died at 91 earlier this week and who spoke those words some 35 years ago, had a life full of action, much of it spent in demonstration and defense of her beliefs. … 0

Editorial: Invite them to ride the school bus

Monday, March 9, 2015

The old saw that you can’t understand a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes often holds true. In much of western Massachusetts, however, we might want to rephrase that to: you can’t understand a school district until you’ve ridden its school bus routes. Perhaps that … 0

Editorial: Moving on at the Shea Theater

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Recent developments in the running of the Shea Theater do more than indicate a change coming in running the building. They also signal that it may be in the best … 0

Editorial: MBTA woes keep piling up

Friday, March 6, 2015

As Boston and surrounding communities continue to dig out from all the snow — prompting plenty of talk about record amounts, the dumping of snow and subsequent digging out, have been eclipsed by a real issue: trouble for the region’s mass transit system. With plenty of eyes — … 0