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

Letter: Health objections

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I have read with interest Diane Broncaccio’s coverage of the proposal by Hilltown Networks to install an antenna on Ashfield’s Town Hall and provide wireless Internet service to about one-third of residents. However, in both of her recent articles, she cites only the aesthetic reasons (antennas on a … 0

Letter: Domestic violence

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I love the game of football. That’s probably no surprise. I grew up around the sport. My father was a football coach and our family lived, breathed, and ate football. But I am sickened by the Ray Rice situation. I am sickened that there is any doubt that … 0

Editorial: Arts Block, Pushkin direction hits snag

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

News that the owner of the Arts Block and the Pushkin buildings in Greenfield, Edward Wierzbowski, has filed for bankruptcy protection was a development that wasn’t supposed to be in the cards ... not when you think about the progress toward revitalization downtown Greenfield has been making over … 0

Hynes/My Turn: Shameful double standard

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Published on Sept. 27, 1962, Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking book, “Silent Spring,” ignited modern U.S. environmentalism and resulted in new laws for environmental and public health protection in the United States. Two days earlier, President John F. Kennedy signed … 0

Letter: Rethink transportation

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The week of Sept. 22-26 is The Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge. I’d like to call out to all of us to walk, bike, take transit, carpool, vanpool, or telework ... Share our stories with our neighbors on what we are planning to do. We are given this challenge: … 0

Letter: Let the record show

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I’m not surprised that, as your story noted, “Rep. Denise Andrews ... is lashing out” against the voter education efforts undertaken by the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance (“Andrews blasts mailing as ‘misleading attack,” Sep. 17). After Rep. Andrews was sworn in for her second term last year, her third … 0

Letter: Use the crosswalk

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I recently read Teresa Conti’s Letter to the Editor with great interest. Her message to pedestrians was — “Please do not jump out into travel lanes from between parked vehicles and assume the drivers have seen you.” Larger vehicles do shield you from view. I agree 100 percent! … 0

Editorial: Deciphering the latest MCAS

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

People with much more at stake — and greater expertise — regarding the latest Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores are undoubtedly going over the latest round of results at this moment to better understand what’s happening. They’re looking for good news, as well as any possible trends that … 0

Pura/My Turn: Threshold for opportunity

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Greenfield Community College has opened its doors to a new fall semester for the 52nd time. Approximately 5,500 students will attend this year; 60 percent women and 40 percent men with an average age of 27. Sixty-four percent will attend part-time and 36 percent are full-time students. Some … 0

Letter: School-time memories

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hello Fred Oakes: I am an old student (now 77 years old) of your father’s, beginning in the Montague and Highland school system as our principal and on to TFHS as my teacher. A truly wonderful, kind, kind man! My biggest memory was when we were studying history … 0