Editorial: Baker jumps in on homelessness

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Give Gov. Charlie Baker credit for quickly wading into how the state handles homelessness. It’s an increasing problem here in Massachusetts for the families feeling the direct impact of their situation, and as Greenfield knows better than most towns, that effect extends to communities that find themselves as the new hometown for those now living in motels in what is supposed to be transitional housing. While the previous administration tried … 0

Editorial: Tied up in the courts

Monday, March 2, 2015

If anyone was ever seeking a real-life definition for the term “tied up in the courts,” they can turn to case involving the proposed retail development off the French King Highway. Greenfield is now into its fourth year waiting for a resolution of the case — one way or another — with little, if any, light on the horizon. Yes, there was a … 0

Editorial: Several benefits to sharing Olympics

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We appreciate U.S. Rep. Richard Neal’s thoughts about the chance that western Massachusetts could get a piece of the action should Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics Summer Games come to fruition. Neal, who joined others from the state’s congressional delegation in talks with the … 0

Editorial: Sen. Rosenberg at the helm

Monday, January 12, 2015

Stan Rosenberg has long been a voice of advocacy — in the Legislature and in politics — for western Massachusetts. His election as Senate president doesn’t — nor should it — change that. That’s not to say there won’t be conflicting priorities as he assumes the leadership role … 0

Editorial: Value with body cameras

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The recent Recorder story examining the testing of body cameras by the Gill Police Department raised interesting questions of privacy as well as the need for the officers wearing such … 0

Editorial: The flow of downtown Greenfield

Friday, January 9, 2015

Communities are used to a certain amount of surge and ebb of businesses in their downtowns. New stores arrive, old businesses depart. People notice the storefronts that are inventive or inviting. They pay attention to cleanliness and upkeep, both inside and outside the building. And, while empty storefronts … 1

Editorial: Republicans take congressional wheel

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Another session of the United States Congress has gotten underway — the 114th — with the Republicans in charge of both chambers. A new Senate majority leader, Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, joins his counterpart in the House of Representatives, … 0

Editorial: Standing up to a tragedy in Paris

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Masked gunmen stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly newspaper in Paris this week, and fled after killing at least 12, 10 said to be from the publication’s staff and two police officers, with another dozen … 0

Editorial: A war ends quietly

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Our war in Afghanistan has officially come to an end. The post script, though, is far from written. We doubt that the United States, Afghanistan and the rest of the world could have envisioned how this story would unfold. The decision to send our military into that far … 0

Editorial: Brooke’s legacy of service

Monday, January 5, 2015

Given his resume, it is clear that Edward W. Brooke III, who died during the weekend, provided many footnotes to our illustrious political history. Brooke was the first black American to be elected to the United States Senate by popular vote (in past, Senators were elected by state … 0

Editorial: Slow wheels of justice for Greenfield

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: A decision regarding the retail development of a piece of property off French King Highway seems no closer today than it did when a lawsuit blocking the Greenfield Planning Board’s … 0

Editorial: Polish these Greenfield gems

Friday, January 2, 2015

Mayor William Martin is to be applauded for seeing that it is well past time to polish two jewels in Greenfield — Veterans Memorial Field and Highland Pond. These two sites have long been fixtures in Greenfield’s recreational picture but have lost a bit of their luster as … 0

Editorial: The year for new Whately offices?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

What will the new year bring for Whately? With any sort of luck, a plan for its town offices that will satisfy a majority of its residents. In looking back at 2014, one would think the issue of expanding and renovating Town Hall made everyone’s list of contentious … 0