Opinion

Editorial: United Way helps make it happen

Friday, April 17, 2015

Area residents will see plenty of familiar names in scanning the list of the 26 partner agencies that are supported by the United Way of Franklin County. These local nonprofits provide programs and services where the goal is to help those struggling when it comes to food, literacy, education, physical and mental health or the law. They are local organizations that are made up of paid staff and volunteers who, … 0

Letter: He deserves better

Friday, April 17, 2015

I was going to write an article about a month ago praising Dr. Alan Graichen of Baystate Deerfield Adult Medicine but time got away from me. I have been a patient of Dr. Alan Graichen’s for over 20 years. He is knowledgeable, compassionate, a good listener and has a great sense of humor. He treats me with respect and I feel that the … 0

Letter: Support a senior center

Friday, April 17, 2015

Are you a senior? If not, I hope you will be some day. Around 4,000 Greenfield residents have already reached that milestone. We are asking the community to support our wish for a much-needed new senior center. We’ve heard promises of a new center for years. We still have a facility that has poor air quality, lack of space, leaking ceilings and many … 0

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Letter: Short-changing input

Friday, April 17, 2015

Frontier Regional School District now has a new schedule for the school year beginning in the fall, voted on by the joint School Committee April 9. The plan calls for early dismissal on most Fridays by 1½ hours, with a 10-minute extension to the other days. The idea … 0

Letter: Shocking? Shouldn’t be

Friday, April 17, 2015

Why is everyone so incredulous at the dramatic price increase of their electric bills this past winter? Why are you shocked when natural gas moratoriums on new hookups were decreed in western Massachusetts? My answer, “you reap what you sow.” According to a U.S. Energy Information Administration (www.eia.gov) … 0

Letter Federal guinea pigs

Friday, April 17, 2015

This week is the anniversary week for the introduction of the Salk Polio Vaccine into our public schools. My father objected to my being inoculated with a live virus refused to sign a permission slip allowing the public school to conduct an experiment on his son. As his … 0

Letter: New ‘Captain Planet’

Friday, April 17, 2015

New ‘Captain Planet’ Al Gore seems to be MIA and we have a new “Captain Planet” making the rounds in the news circuit his name is Barack Obama. He recently stated that global warming “can induce greater incidence of asthma” and it became personal to him because his … 0

Editorial: Lessons await with school budget

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Deciding how much to increase spending for Greenfield’s public schools should be an interesting learning experience this year. The town’s new superintendent, Jordana Harper, with her School Committee’s almost unanimous support, has asked the Town Council for a $1 million increase. But Mayor William Martin, the lone dissenting … 0

In the Arena: Building a reputation

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I no longer live in Greenfield, but if I did, Town Councilor Mark Maloni would get my vote every time. I don’t think I’ve ever said that about any elected town official before, but it’s a claim I make unabashedly, one that was reinforced after seeing and hearing … 0

Letter: War profiteering

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Regarding the story of waste in defense spending as exemplified by the high-altitude enhanced radar platform that has to date cost the U.S. taxpayers more money than a couple of dozen cutting-edge regional technical high schools, I’d like to point out that it, and many other programs, the … 0

Letter: Our valuable volunteers

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Even when you’re dying, there can be a lot of living to do. Hospice Volunteers make more special moments possible for the patients and families they serve every day. Across the U.S., more than 355,000 hospice volunteers give 16 million hours of service every year. Right here in … 0

Letter: School volunteers

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Greenfield Public Schools are fortunate to have both parents and community volunteers who share their time, skills and interests throughout the school year. Our volunteers provide students and teachers support as reading mentors, library assistants, pen pals, sports assistants, math tutors and much more. We have dedicated … 0

Editorial: Gov. Baker takes aim at regulations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A badge of honor or an unnecessary constraint? When the question involves state regulations that are tougher than corresponding federal rules, the answer depends on how you view regulations to begin with. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, like many Republicans, isn’t a fan of regulation, especially if those regulations … 0