From New England Public Media, a rotating panel of journalists from western New England discuss the big stories of the week.
'Abysmal' Turnout In Holyoke, But 'Very Good Set Of Options' For Voters In November
Tuesday was preliminary election day in a few western Massachusetts communities. In the race for Holyoke mayor, City Councilor Michael Sullivan and Joshua Garcia, who's the town administrator in Blandford, advanced to November's general election.
An 'Alarming And Scary' COVID Rise, And A Huge 'Gap' In Hospital Staffing
Calling the spike "alarming and scary," Mayor Domenic Sarno said there were more then 250 new cases of COVID-19 in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Tuesday and Wednesday combined.
'Probably The Right Call' For Sheriff To Keep Incarcerated People From Troubled Courthouse
Despite what officials have called extensive mold cleanup and environmental testing at the Roderick Ireland Courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts, Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi this week said he believes the courthouse still isn't safe. He's refusing to send people in his department's custody there .
A Call For 'Clarity' On Mask Rules, And A Plea For The Unvaccinated To Get The Shots
This week, some health officials in western Massachusetts issued mask mandates or advisories amid rising COVID-19 rates.
'The Governor Has To Be The One To Step Up' As Massachusetts Shifts Mask Guidelines
This week, the Centers for Disease Control recommended people go back to wearing masks indoors in places where the delta variant of COVID-19 is surging — including those who have been vaccinated.
A 'Holding Pattern' For Many Amid Rising COVID-19 Case Rates
COVID-19 case rates have been on the rise over the last few weeks in Massachusetts and elsewhere.