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Editorial: Virtual school, state remain at odds

Friday, October 24, 2014

Learning that state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester is not happy with how the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is performing doesn’t come as a shock. The backstory on the relationship between the online school and the state has been complicated from the very beginning. Just how much those past disagreements are playing into the present is anyone’s guess. Chester has recommended that the GCVS be placed on a 20-month probation, … 0

Letter: Orwell sums it up

Friday, October 24, 2014

Citizens of Greenfield, MA, USA: Congratulations on your new, 24/7 surveillance cameras overlooking the village square. You are well on your way to becoming a safe community. Thank goodness you had the foresight to build a constabulary far from the town center, lest all that expensive homeland security gear might be vulnerable to graffiti, broken lights and other assorted acts of vandalism. That … 0

Letter: Fossil fuels divestment

Friday, October 24, 2014

Climate activist and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy counsels that it is imperative to celebrate any step we make in contributing to the well-being of our world. Certainly many steps were taken by the over 400,000 people, including many from the Greenfield area, who participated in the Peoples’ Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21 very quickly that the steps they took mattered. … 0

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Letter: Ebola politics

Friday, October 24, 2014

Well. Today’s word (10/18) from the Associated Press is that the World Health Organization has decided it “bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa.” Then they state “the agency’s own bureaucracy was part of the problem ... it pointed out that the heads of … 0

Letter: We need Kulik

Friday, October 24, 2014

On Nov. 4, I hope voters in the 1st Franklin District will vote for Steve Kulik. He has been working hard for those 19 towns since 1993 and I have known him since 1994. I spoke with him most recently at Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield a couple … 0

Letter: Our ‘unwavering voice’

Friday, October 24, 2014

In January of 2014, some residents of Ashfield were notified of a large gas transmission pipeline construction project targeting their town and their properties. I am one of the many impacted landowners in that town and I along with many of my neighbors formed Hilltown Community Rights to … 0

Letter: Vote ‘yes’ on 1

Friday, October 24, 2014

Why should you vote Yes on 1? Last year, the Legislature linked the gas tax to inflation, which means our gas taxes will increase every year without a vote. Our taxes are going to automatically increase year after year after year with no elected official being held accountable. … 0

Editorial: No reverse on casinos

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Casinos will never be the financial golden goose for Massachusetts that some supporters contend. No, allowing the state to become host to this expansion of legalized gambling is a much more complex proposition. From the health of the overall casino market across the country to Massachusetts’ stops and … 0

In the Arena: Turned off by attack ads

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Not long after taking the oath of office, President John F. Kennedy, an avid consumer of daily newspapers, was asked if he still read as much as he used to, especially given the amount of criticism he received … 0

Letter: Energy leadership

Thursday, October 23, 2014

As Massachusetts shifts from fossil fuels like coal to low-carbon, community-owned energy, we need policymakers willing to embrace the nuanced and difficult challenge of transition. Thank you to Congressman Jim McGovern and state Rep. Denise Andrews for their tireless service on behalf of Massachusetts residents and in building … 0

Letter: Climate legislation

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Many people who participated in the Climate March in New York City last month came back convinced that now is the time for our nation and the world to end the burning of fossil fuels. Yet the scope of the problem seems to defy solution. Citizens’ Climate Lobby … 0

Editorial: Warm the Children

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As Tom Bevacqua pointed out in his usual weekly column in Monday’s Recorder, we’re in a period of seasonal transition, one where we have to say goodbye to any lingering summer days and be prepared for what late fall tends to bring to us here in Franklin County. … 0

Andrews/My Turn: Making my record clear

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Another week, another misleading attack mailing is sent on behalf of the Republican Party. It appears that after the accuracy of claims presented in its first mailing was quickly discredited, MassFiscal.org is now back at it, with seemingly unlimited financial resources to spend on their partisan political agenda. … 0