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Opinion

Editorial: Observing Memorial Day

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The nation observes Memorial Day today, a day for remembering and honoring the men and women who gave their lives in the service of their country. Rooted in the Civil War, the holiday was first known as Decoration Day, whereby the graves of the war dead were supposed to be decorated with … 0

Hynes/My Turn: War’s many victims

Sunday, May 24, 2015

May closes with Memorial Day, also called Decoration Day for the tradition of placing and planting flowers at the graves of war veterans. Freed slaves began this tradition, gathering on May 1, 1865, in Charleston, Va., to commemorate the death of Union soldiers. It was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, and observed … 0

Letter: Losing old soldiers

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Once again, it is Memorial Day here in picturesque upper Buckland. Glancing from side to side, I take note of the stately old maple trees that line this route. As a boy, I used to crouch beneath these same trees while waiting for the school bus. Unfortunately youth is fleeting. I see that they are old and bent now, very much like me. … 0

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Letter: Move Charlemont forward

Sunday, May 24, 2015

There is new life in the town of Charlemont. We have a major construction project at the site of the old drive-in. We have two new eating establishments and a sport shop in the village. Berkshire East has a Mountain Coaster. Our school’s agricultural focus has created enthusiasm … 0

Editorial: The buzz surrounding pollinators in peril

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Our Pioneer Valley, a region dotted with farms, orchards and fields, makes an idyllic vision, one that conjures up “the land of milk and honey,” words from the Old Testament. Those words can be taken quite literally since … 0

Healey/My Turn: Wrong direction with our forestry assets

Sunday, May 24, 2015

If you head south in western Massachusetts on Interstate 91, every day, all day long, you will see hundreds of trucks filled with local logs going north, many to Canada and some to Europe and China. The trucks take thousands of jobs and economic opportunities for rural Massachusetts … 0

Wilson/My Turn: To build a fire

Sunday, May 24, 2015

What to do to honor the Earth? Burn brush. Why? According to my aesthetic, I like the woods around our house to be open and clear, like a park, but branches fall down every winter and picking them up takes quite a while. Sometimes trees fall and I … 0

Letter: New Salem broadband vote

Friday, May 22, 2015

I am writing to encourage the residents of New Salem to authorize funding for the last mile broadband project at the June 1 town meeting. We moved to New Salem in 2008, thinking that it offered our family the perfect alternative to suburban life. We own an online … 0

Editorial: Let them play

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Council’s decision making it harder for middle school athletes to compete on the varsity level this fall can be couched in all sorts of language about competition and integrity, of fairness and even gaming the system. Apparently missing from the conversation is consideration of … 0

In the Arena: Election night disappointment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The only thing missing from Montague Town Hall on Monday night was a boom box playing a continuous loop of “Garden Party” by the late Ricky Nelson. Just as Nelson was booed out of Madison Square Garden on that fateful night in 1971, Montague Selectman Mark Fairbrother has … 0

Letter: My Meadows view

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I agree with Priscilla Collins; Greenfield is a small rural town and income levels are low and we are paying the third-highest property tax rate in the state ($17.5 per $1,000). We are paying more than double or triple most other towns and cities our size. But I … 0

Letter: Story focus

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Diane Broncaccio’s report about the Hawley annual Town Meeting (“Hawley voters OK amended recall, broadband articles,” May 13) devoted 16 of its 17 paragraphs to three articles that were added to the town warrant by petition. Two of these concerned WiredWest, one proposed a bylaw that would allow … 0

Letter: A place for all?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It was heartening to see the articles about the seniors talking to town officials about the services they want (although I am dubious with it being a “human rights issue”). We, as a community, should be having discussions about what extras we would like to fund. I will … 0