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Proceed with Caution on the Riverfront

Springfield Mayor Charles Ryan was asked to gauge the still very preliminary plans for development of Springfield’s riverfront. He was cautious in his response, which is understandable given how little is actually known about the plans and the people behind them. But he told BusinessWest that, at the very least, it’s good to have some […]

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The Time Has Come for Health Reform

On Beacon Hill, legislators are debating ways to increase the number of people with health insurance coverage. The outcome of that debate will reshape the health insurance landscape, protect the health of more of your friends and neighbors, and affect your medical costs. Change is coming, and it is needed. Though they differ on specifics, […]

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Another Blow to the Region’s Psyche

Disappointment. That was our first, and most lingering, reaction to the news that Chicopee Mayor Richard Goyette was arrested earlier this month and charged with extorting campaign contributions from two city business people in exchange for favors from City Hall. These are merely allegations and, as always, there is a presumption of innocence. But at […]

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Celebrating Proposition 2 1/2

Proposition 2 1/2 was passed by voters on Nov. 4, 1980. It was a revolution, a passionate and controversial ballot campaign; now, 25 years later, it is an institution. Yes, once upon a time the property tax burden was the second-highest in the nation, which called us Taxachusetts. Over the decades, taxpayers had been promised […]

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