Opinion

Editorial: Quick replacement should move Greenfield forward

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Greenfield moved quickly to replace Robert Pyers as economic development director after he was placed on paid administrative leave in January and subsequently retired in early February. Larry Jutras, the owner of Lake Hitchcock Development, will be working part-time until June 30, the end of the fiscal year. At that time, it will … 0

Letter: Man’s impact

Sunday, March 29, 2015

This letter is not about climate change. There are over 7 billion people living on earth and living off earth’s resources. The world’s population produces almost 3 trillion pounds of garbage each year. One year. Approximately 280 million tons in the U.S. alone. About 140 million cell phones in the U.S. will end up in a landfill this year. 80 to 85 percent … 0

Letter: Token victory

Sunday, March 29, 2015

This ain’t your father’s bud. Interesting article on medical marijuana in The Recorder. Back in the ’70s, I studied under a psychologist that helped to set the program up in Mississippi. Originally, it was instituted for studies on marijuana, including psychological effects and medical use. Indeed, the medical marijuana program has been in effect since the early ’70s, however has not been widely … 0

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Letter: Don’t be fooled

Sunday, March 29, 2015

With April Fools’ Day just around the corner, it appears that the meat, egg and dairy industries have been playing us for fools all year-round. Their more remarkable hoaxes include “California’s happy cows,” “Free-range chickens,” “Humane slaughter.” All lies. Less fun is the stuff they never talk about. … 0

Editorial: State doesn’t want to get burned by marijuana

Friday, March 27, 2015

When it comes to budding prospects of marijuana becoming legal in Massachusetts, there is one question that state officials have to answer: Do they want to be ahead or behind the curve? Given the state’s experience so far with medical marijuana, advance preparations for what is surely on … 0

Letter: Let diplomacy work

Friday, March 27, 2015

Diplomacy is an important tool for our country in these trying times. Forty-seven Republican senators recently sent a warning letter to Iranian leaders threatening to blow up any diplomatic deal negotiated by President Obama. This letter wasn’t just bad politics — it was a dangerous attempt to undermine … 0

Letter: Trail blazer

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sunderland Elementary School might just be the trend-setter and pioneer in promoting cross-country skiing in which other schools hopefully will adopt. Each winter the school’s cafeteria is transformed into a cross-country ski base lodge. The kids can munch on snacks and then venture out on the playground for … 0

Editorial: Senate holds AG nominee hostage

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Over the past couple of years, Americans have witnessed the U.S. House of Representatives being turned into something that often resembles a Saturday Night Live skit rather than a serious group of public officials trying to reach reasonable compromises. Recently, we’ve heard members make statements so full of … 0

In the Arena: It gets hot in Montague

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I’ve experienced some tense moments covering local government, but few to rival what occurred at Monday’s Montague selectmen’s meeting. The topic was whether the board would sign a new contract with current cable access television provider, Montague Community Cable Incorporated, or issue a “request for proposals” for a … 0

Cahillane/My Turn: Caught with their pants down

Thursday, March 26, 2015

“PADDY PANTSDOWN!” Is one of my all-time favorite tabloid headlines. It ran in the Sun newspaper when a member of Parliament, Paddy Ashdown, admitted a five-year affair with his secretary. He was afterward knighted then named to the House of Lords as Baron Ashdown of Norton Sub-Hamdon. Ashdown … 0

Editorial: Conway neighbors show the way

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Right neighborly. That may seem some sort of quaint phrase to someone coming to western Massachusetts from outside the region — from the eastern part of the state or even one of the more urban areas south of here. But when you call one of the 26 communities … 0

Wyatt/My Turn: In Warwick, we’ve got answers on broadband project

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I am writing in reply to “Costly cable venture,” the March 20 letter to the editor regarding the Fiber-To-The-Home project that will be coming before the Warwick annual Town Meeting this May. The Warwick Broadband Committee has been meeting regularly and is working hard to answer all the … 0

Letter: Corporate bullying

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Recently, there were these two articles: “Pipeline pledge Deerfield vows legal action against state if survey permission granted” by Tom Relihan and “Gas pipeline foes parse draft impact report” by Richie Davis. These articles underscore the lack of transparency by both FERC and TGP concerning the potential invasion … 0