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Opinion

Editorial: Mohawk’s dealing with 3 Cs

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A midterm report card of sorts for Mohawk Trail Regional School District came in recently that has residents talking about three Cs — as in China, Charter and Choice. Even if you’re grading on a curve, these marks are the kind that are troubling given their financial implications for the district. China played into Superintendent Michael Buoniconti’s attempts to find additional revenue that would relieve monetary pressure on the district. … 0

In the Arena: Rethinking a Senate run

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Don’t call him “Sen. Mark.” At least, not yet. After initially taking himself out of the running, 2nd Berkshire state Rep. Paul Mark now says he’s pondering a run for the state Senate seat being vacated by Ben Downing, after 4th Berkshire Rep. Smitty Pignatelli took himself out of the race last week. “I’m thinking about it. That’s all at this point,” Mark … 0

Letter: Medical emergency miracle

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Jan. 16 at 8:45 p.m., my wife of 48 years had a major stroke. Slurred speech, crooked smile, no left side movement, even vision problems — a classic stroke. The 911 operator was very helpful in giving directions and helping to encourage calm. The ambulance arrived while I was still on the phone with 911. The ambulance crew efficiently wrapped my wife warmly … 0

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Editorial: Markey, others connect the dots on pipeline plan

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Editorial: Markey, others connect the dots on pipeline plan

Editorial: Markey, others connect the dots on pipeline plan

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

If the calls are growing for greater transparency — let’s make that honesty — regarding the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposal and who will benefit from an enlarged natural gas supply, it’s because more and more people are connecting the dots as the companies involved race to get … 2

Letter: Decision with health costs

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

On Feb. 1, a Mohawk school board subcommittee heard from a regulator, an engineer, a health agent, an environmental specialist and concerned citizens about relegating two almost-new high efficiency, low-emissions gas boilers at the high school to backup heaters for five wood-pellet boilers. Based on what I heard, … 0

Letter: Signaling intentions

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Many years ago, knights would defend their friends and oppose their enemies. When they met a friend with all their body armor in the middle centuries, they would raise their visor to see better and announce they were friends. This salute or signal continues today, by people looking … 0

Down To Earth: Life after plastic (bags)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A friend of mine recently forgot his reusable bags when he dropped in at Stop and Shop. To make matters worse, he’d also forgotten about Northampton’s new plastic bag ban, which started January 1st. Then the person in … 0

Editorial: Rattlesnakes have a place in Mass.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Since Colonial times, it’s been people versus timber rattlesnakes in Massachusetts. Today, as the state moves anew to preserve this endangered species in the face of public opposition, it’s science versus emotion. At a forum Feb. 23 in … 0

Brown/My Turn: Courting the U.S. electorate

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Say what you will about those placid Canadians, they’re a smart bunch when it comes to their national election cycle. It takes a mere two and half months. An independent, nonpartisan agency called “Elections Canada” sets the amount … 0

Letter: Make it multi-use

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

By all accounts, the current senior center is mostly unusable. A senior center is certainly a nice thing for a town to provide. BUT as was noted when the teen center was closed and the teen director fired, a teen center or senior center is NOT a mandated … 0

Letter: Healing powers

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Our Mother Earth is ailing. Human action can heal the sickness — evil is a disease of the soul. Loving thought force, the power of prayer can heal twisted minds, too. Let’s try it. DOE BROUSSEAU Wendell … 0

Editorial: Safety complex plan: more questions than answers

Monday, February 8, 2016

Greenfield residents should be glad to hear the municipality is working on plans for a safety complex — especially in light of the public library’s expansion plans. But before anyone gets too excited, it would pay to listen closely to what Mayor William Martin is saying: “There are … 0

Wicks/My Turn: A welcome that’s no act

Monday, February 8, 2016

In late summer, I came to the Greenfield Community College campus to ask a few questions about an online course I was planning to take. But something changed during that visit. Surrounded by banners and posters proclaiming, “You Belong Here,” I felt myself say “yes, I do want … 0