Editorials

The American Customer Satisfaction Index recently released its annual report on customer satisfaction with federal government agencies and a CBS story about the results says it all: “Americans hate the U.S. government more than ever.” Though perhaps a bit melodramatic, it is true that the...
The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia presents President Barack Obama with a rare opportunity to shape the high court’s direction for years, if not decades, to come. Our hope is that he fights the temptation to shift the court’s balance markedly leftward and, instead, selects a nominee...
Despite the colloquialization of the holiday to Presidents Day, today officially remains Washington’s Birthday. Thanks to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, however, the day we honor the father of his country and first president will never actually fall on his birthday, Feb. 22. Perhaps, as a...
The decision to use deadly force shouldn’t depend on municipal boundaries. Police agencies here can and should lead the way by coming together around a common set of standards and practices that protect both police officers and the citizens they serve. On Aug. 19, 2014, 10 days after Michael...
When President Obama submitted his proposed budget one year ago, he claimed that he wanted to do away with the “mindless austerity” of the sequestration, which had provided some measure of limitation on government spending. Then in December, aided and abetted by a Republican-controlled Congress,...
We have a crisis on our hands as it goes to the education of our youth. And it’s not about the quality of the education served up in our schools. It’s about the number of students who don’t even show up to the table for a taste, and the breakdown in our society that has produced parents who can’...
Beware of do-gooders with dollar signs in their eyes. People donate their hard-earned money because they want to support a worthy cause. The fastest way for a charity to lose the public’s trust is for its administrators to treat donated money as their personal stash. We’ve watched tough-guy...
Not everyone embraces the idea of women serving in military combat roles, particularly some Republican lawmakers as well as commanders of the nation’s most elite special operations units. The skeptics continue to question whether women are up to the task. They seem determined to squelch...
Maybe they’re looking for leprechauns. More U.S. corporations are moving their headquarters overseas, in particular, to Ireland. The latest to depart is car parts supplier Johnson Controls, a global company whose Johnson Controls Cypress office in Orange County offers services including fire...
Betting on sports is illegal in most states. Oh, those NCAA Tournament pools exist among friends and co-workers. And on Super Bowl week with a Carolinas team in the big game, well, all bets, ahem, are off. But Super Bowl week and all the hoopla it entails seems also a fitting time to talk about...

Pages

Athol Daily News

PO Box 1000
225 Exchange Street
Athol, MA 01331
Phone: (978) 249-3535

 

Comment Here