Opinion

Editorial: What’s the plan for western Mass.?

Monday, September 29, 2014

We have a little more than a month to go until the state’s general election, and the candidates for governor are all busy campaigning, trying to round up enough support to carry them to victory in November. As they stump around the state, the public is likely to hear much about where they stand on statewide issues such as taxes, jobs, crime, governmental reforms. What we would suggest is that … 1

Wight/My Turn: We must act now on climate change

Monday, September 29, 2014

All Americans need to wake up now, make a small sacrifice to reduce their carbon footprint and put extreme pressure on Congress to pass a carbon tax on corporations only while simultaneously giving all corporations a tax break for using renewable energy to power their office buildings, factories and warehouses. Why? Because our Earth continues to heat up nonstop and over 50 percent … 0

Kelly and Fraser/My Turn: On the bus for change

Monday, September 29, 2014

We’d like to share a perspective on the Climate March from Franklin County. The experience we had in the bus provides a little window into what is happening all over the country. Robert Kennedy Jr. at the March reported that nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population attended climate marches that were held, not just in New York City, but all over the … 0

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The Precinct 7/ Community Relations and Education Committee Community Forum WILL BE HELD ON Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:00 pm at the...(full comment)

Forum to discuss increase of Munson Street traffic tonight

The Precinct 7/ Community Relations and Education Committee Community Forum WILL BE HELD ON Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:00 pm at the...(full comment)

Forum to discuss increase of Munson Street traffic tonight

Editorial: Charlemont window work

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The restoration of the stained glass windows at the Charlemont Federated Church is undoubtedly a source of pride for the congregation. The work brought back to life the Tiffany-style windows … 0

Blagg: Oz, Baum and me

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I owe a lot to the “Wizard of Oz” ... not the movie, particularly, but to L. Frank Baum, the guy who wrote that wonderful series of books about Dorothy Gale and her friends and their adventures in … 0

Letter: Beautiful benches

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A big, wet (recycled) kiss to all of the Rejuvenators, teacher Mark Leonard, and all the Greenfield High School students and Franklin County Jail inmates who contributed to the highly functional and beautiful AND recycled content benches that are beginning to grace the sidewalks of our fair town. … 0

Letter: Stop the pumping

Sunday, September 28, 2014

If fish could protest, we would all know more about Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage. This seemingly innocuous vestige of the nuclear age is actually devastating to the river ecosystem and its inhabitants. We need to oppose any additional taking of water for it from the Connecticut River. The … 0

Editorial: Growing hunger crisis

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September is a month during which the public is supposed to be focusing greater awareness about hunger here in America. At its simplest, the issue of hunger here is driven by economics, too many citizens just don’t have enough money to buy food. It may be they don’t … 1

Okun/My Turn: Don’t stay on the sidelines

Friday, September 26, 2014

“Women want a men’s movement. We are literally dying for it.” — Gloria Steinem It’s way past time to put on the pads, guys. We’ve got to put our shoulders to the wheel of change if we’re going to stop domestic and sexual violence. Are you ready to … 0

Letter: Derek Jeter

Friday, September 26, 2014

We always wanted him to fail. Whether a strikeout or an error, we wanted adversity to greet him and his team when the Red Sox played the Yankees. We watched to see if he’d complain to the umpire after a questionable call, or sulk after a tough loss. … 0

Letter: Aiding the arts

Friday, September 26, 2014

There have been a number of recent letters about the plight of artists in area. First, be aware there are number of state initiatives, such as the local cultural councils, there is one in EVERY TOWN, which has a grant cycle that needs to be submitted by Oct … 0

Editorial: Keep waterways a source of pride

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Autumn arrived this week, which means that many people are beginning to think about fall cleanup. For the homeowner that generally means raking leaves or getting the house ready for the cold and snow. But there’s another cleanup today and Saturday, one that based upon another type of … 0

In the Arena: Good day, Mr. Sunshine

Thursday, September 25, 2014

You can call him “Mr. Sunshine” now. That is the nickname Montague Selectman Michael Nelson bestowed upon himself this week, when he used yet another relatively innocuous board vote as a platform for a political stand, this time against what he views as out-of-control state spending. Nelson voted … 0