Opinion

Editorial: Eyes on the road, not your phone

Friday, February 27, 2015

Just drive. That should be ingrained in the mind of anyone who has a cell phone when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Once that vehicle is moving, their focus has to be on the road. The consequences are just too dangerous otherwise — to anyone else on the road as well as to the car’s passengers. A … 0

Letter: Information changes

Friday, February 27, 2015

Schooled in the 1940s and ’50s (Bement, Deerfield Academy and Yale University), young people were not bombarded, day and night, by TV and the Internet. Papers like yours and radio were the source of news. Today, I hold the “blurring” between information and “entertainment” (designed solely to build viewers and ratings) responsible for the growing public ignorance of factual, science-based data on the … 0

Letter: Response to barbarity

Friday, February 27, 2015

Egypt’s decisive response to the recent episode of barbarism by ISIL (aka. ISIS) terrorists, provides a good example of how this war must be fought, as well as sending a powerful message. When militants from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State”, (a title I would call a gross mischaracterization), brutally beheaded over 20 Coptic Christians, who were also Egyptian nationals, in Libya, Egypt unwaveringly and … 0

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Editorial: Food Bank shift a problem

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has long been on the front line of fighting hunger in a region that includes Franklin County. That battle that has been going on for more than three decades, and we can’t imagine coming close to easing hunger’s grip on the local … 0

In the Arena: Catching up with Warren

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I don’t know if Sen. Elizabeth Warren is going to be a candidate for president, but she sure sounded like it during last week’s visit to Greenfield Community College. “There was a time when our government viewed helping people pay for college as an investment,” Warren said during … 0

Letter: Please immunize

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It is generally true that parents want what’s best for their children, and they want their children to be healthy and happy. How is it, then, that parents think they know more about achieving that than the doctors whom they entrust with their children’s care? To not immunize … 0

Letter: Doughnuts are calling

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dear Everyone: Go have an Adams Donuts — go buy some for friends, or the ER nurses, or your town clerk. Buy a dozen for a night at home, no, two dozen! Greenfield, Turners, Hilltowns — get thee to helping your neighbor! Ms. Brown has done a wonderful … 0

Letter: Meter shoveling

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I would like to know who is in charge of shoveling the snow around the parking meters and along the edge of the street as well as emptying the parking meters? I was on Main Street today and the snow was too deep for this old lady. I … 0

Editorial: Fourth-graders and GMS

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Greenfield public schools are once again looking for the right grade configuration for the Greenfield Middle School building. A special ad-hoc committee is expected to make a recommendation on what to do with the fourth grade. At issue is the question of whether fourth-graders should be housed in … 0

Gran/My Turn: Hot under the blanket

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

“It’s now official, 2014 was the warmest year on record.” Most of you have probably heard this by now. Those who understand the reality of global warming will not be surprised. Those who deny the reality of global … 0

Letter: History lessons

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I am sure not too many readers have read my “History 101” contribution. History is one of the least popular subject in American high schools. But ... here I go again. The recent meeting of the American and European politicians with Mr. Putin brought memories of Mr. Chamberlain’s … 0

Letter: Entergy transparency

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Entergy has and continues to fully comply with radiological and nonradiological monitoring programs with transparency and an unwavering commitment to public health and safety. Since 2007, Vermont Yankee has regularly sampled its wells and has them analyzed by a certified and independent laboratory in accordance with its Nuclear … 0

Editorial: Community at heart of response

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

While there are plenty of feelings and interests that motivate the average person, one driving factor is often a sense of community. And it’s that sense of belonging to a group that we think is at the heart — we use that term deliberately — of the effort … 0