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Editorial: Lighting a fire over wood stoves

Monday, October 5, 2015

Call it “informational and educational.” Talk about “best practices.” Make the point that this was just a discussion and that it’s too early to determine where such talks might lead. But when wood stoves become a topic for a meeting of a Greenfield Town Council subcommittee where the talk wasn’t just about the potential health dangers of wood smoke, but also what the town can do about it — as … 1

Barnett/My Turn: Here’s the Hampshire Council of Government’s explanation

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Recorder recently editorialized that the Hampshire Council of Governments has “plenty of explaining to do” with regard to the recent decision of the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to deny 35 western Massachusetts municipal electricity aggregation petitions. The council sponsored the petitions in question. Our explanations follow. The council is both disappointed and disturbed by the DPU decision, issued roughly three weeks … 0

Letter: Light up the sign

Monday, October 5, 2015

Re.: Recent Factory Hollow crashes. Maybe the large green overhead sign on Route 2 should be illuminated after dark and in bad weather (e.g., fog, rain, etc.). BILL KILPATRICK Northfield … 0

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Letter: Mental illness awareness

Monday, October 5, 2015

Mental Illness Awareness Week is, Oct. 4 through Oct. 10. We at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass) want people to be aware of the fact that mental health conditions affect one in four adults. We want people to know that these disorders are … 0

Editorial: Unity Park living up to its name

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: When thinking about public parks, many of us don’t often think about accessibility and how people with disabilities might not be able to enjoy what’s available. That certainly can’t be … 0

Gran/My Turn: Continuing to feel the heat

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A recent study concludes 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the current internationally accepted “safe” limit for global warming above preindustrial temperature, is “highly dangerous” and requires “emergency cooperation among nations” to avoid. Lead author James Hansen, formerly … 2

Letter: The Mohawk team

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Mohawk Trail School Regional School District recently elected me, Kirby (Lark) Thwing, as its new chair and Martha Thurber as vice chair. I replace Robert Aeschback, chair for the last 10 years, who has moved from the district. As I assume this post, I think it’s appropriate … 0

Letter: Pope got me thinking

Sunday, October 4, 2015

As I watched Pope Francis on his way to the festival of families, I wrote down these thoughts: It seems to me there are so many different opinions in this world of ours that it is difficult to come to agreement on almost any issue. We must learn … 0

Letter: Nunez fits the bill

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Like Chris Collins (In the Arena, Sept. 24), I am dismayed to see that two of the candidates running for the School Committee seats decided not to participate in the scheduled debate. The job of School Committee member takes tenacity, eloquence, curiosity and courage. I want to highlight … 0

Editorial: Keep increasing composting

Friday, October 2, 2015

You don’t have to convince us about the benefits of composting. Getting food waste, soiled paper plates, cups and napkins out of the stream that would otherwise be headed to some incinerator or landfill makes sound economic sense for any number of Franklin County communities. According to the … 0

Letter: Backing McMillan

Friday, October 2, 2015

I strongly support Jesse McMillan as a candidate for Greenfield School Committee. This energetic young professional is a graduate of the Greenfield school system and is now a public school teacher in Pittsfield. Even when he was a young teen, Jesse showed obvious potential and a willingness to … 0

Editorial: Greenfield election on horizon

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Greenfield’s voters will have a unique opportunity next month. On Nov. 3, residents head to the polls at Greenfield High School to essentially make over their local government. A change in the town’s charter has put every seat on every elected board before the voters this fall. Voters … 0

In the Arena: Clearing the air

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It always amazes me how people can attend the same meeting and come out with a completely different version of what happened. The latest example occurred this week following a Greenfield Town Council subcommittee forum on home wood stoves and chimneys. The Monday night gathering was billed as … 0