Opinion

Editorial: Olympic bid too risky a financial gamble

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It might have been fun. But oh, the sticker shock. The demise of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics shows that people can love the spirit of the games and want great things for their state without losing their sanity. When it came time for Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to place a bet on behalf of his city before … 0

Letter: Share the road

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I was disheartened and saddened to read the recent news of the fatal collision on Routes 5 & 10. Bicyclists, runners, and pedestrians have a right to utilize roadways and should act responsibly when doing so. However, too many vehicle drivers do not seem to take care when sharing the road. I reside in Greenfield and run frequently in town and in Deerfield. … 0

Letter: FERC, grow a backbone

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dear FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission): Will you ever become a responsible, responsive regulatory agency? By which we mean regulate? As opposed caving in to corporate profiteering? Fracking has already been deemed dangerous to the point of being declared illegal in three states. More statewide bans are sure to follow. Why? Resulting earthquakes, for one. Witness Oklahoma. Pipeline leaks. Witness coastal California. High-density … 0

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Letter: Step up, Stan

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

An Open Letter to Sen. Stanley Rosenberg: It’s been just about a full year now since Sen. Rosenberg’s last written release regarding the planed Northeast Energy Direct Project (NED); today a letter to FERC requesting a delay for the scheduled scoping hearing in Greenfield. Your words (and Letterhead) … 0

Letter: God’s natural handiwork

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I have been on three continents, sailed two oceans and three seas and as I observed these portions of the earth that God created. I am still amazed of His handiwork. Each area has its own flora and fauna, but they have one thing in common: They have … 0

Editorial: Necessary 3-state response for jobs

Monday, July 27, 2015

Ending the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s run as a power producer came with strings attached. Beyond the obvious concerns over the dismantling of the reactor and the on-site storage of nuclear materials, shuttering the plant means a significant economic hit to the region. Many well-paying jobs are lost. … 0

Magee and Pike/My Turn: Senator, hear us, join us

Monday, July 27, 2015

Dear Sen. Stan Rosenberg: Now is not the time to postpone next Wednesday’s FERC meeting at Greenfield Middle School. We invite thousands of citizens to be at the school at 195 Federal St. at 5 p.m., before the hearing at 6:30 p.m., to show support against the pipeline … 0

Letter: Olympic boondoggle

Monday, July 27, 2015

I am upset with the double talk coming from Beacon Hill. Our tax dollars should not go to fund the Olympics! I don’t agree to paying a MULTI-BILLION dollar bailout for the Olympics! Unfortunately, the Legislature put a phony gimmick within the state budget to try to fool … 0

Letter: Pipeline protest

Monday, July 27, 2015

I frequently hold a sign at the proposed pipeline compressor station site on Gulf Road in Northfield, and others are joining me. Currently, most of our protests against Kinder Morgan’s plans are appropriately focused on legal processes. Should our representatives and courts fail us, it is imperative that … 1

Letter: Rowe’s support

Monday, July 27, 2015

On behalf of Massachusetts Fair Share, I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the Town of Rowe Board of Selectmen. Earlier this month, the board unanimously approved a resolution affirming their support for increasing Massachusetts investment in early education. We know early learning is critical to … 0

Editorial: Community shows its support of GCC

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The Greenfield Community College Foundation is obviously quite pleased with the results of this year’s annual fundraising campaign, and who wouldn’t be? Through contributions big and small, representing both businesses … 0

Letter: Silverstorne Theater

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I recently attended a play performed by the Silverthorne Theater at GCC called “Aidan’s Gift.” It was a new play written by Elizabeth Orndorff and performed by Steve Henderson, Dan Popovich, and Julian Findlay. It was a beautifully crafted play, skillfully staged and acted, and I felt so … 0

Letter: McCain and war

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Donald Trump caused a big stir when he said John McCain was not a war hero. John McCain’s father and grandfather were both four-star admirals and McCain graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. In 1967, flying from an aircraft carrier, he was part of a massive … 0