Opinion

Editorial: Netanyahu’s speech pure political theater

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s appearance before Congress Tuesday was pure political theater ... directed at making domestic points and enacted both by House Republicans and Netanyahu himself. At the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican congressional leaders — over the objections of the president — Netanyahu spoke to Congress about the United States’ ongoing negotiations with … 0

Okun/My Turn: White Ribbon Day

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Major League Baseball beginning domestic violence prevention workshops at spring training. The White House launching the “It’s on Us” initiative to prevent sexual assault. Emma Watson and the United Nations are spearheading the new HeforShe movement. Men promoting gender equality and decrying violence against women is “suddenly” the next new cause. Except it’s not. The issue is, though, finally getting some sustained media … 0

Letter: Shocking increase

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The recent rate increase by Eversource, formerly WMECO, was approved by the state as a 29 percent increase. From December to January, my cost per kilowatt hour increased from 8.844 cents to 14.228 cents per hour. The difference, 5.384 cents, is 61 percent of 8.844. By my math this is a 61 percent increase. What am I missing here? I have spoken to … 0

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Letter: Pokey post office

Monday, March 2, 2015

Snail mail ... believe it! I recently purchased a relatively expensive book online from Northampton. Big deal right? You bet it is! I offer you the following authentic tracking of the item from a Florence post office. Before you read the account, please keep in mind that Florence … 0

Letter: ‘Economic injustice’

Monday, March 2, 2015

Elizabeth Warren who was paid $429,981 as a Harvard law professor from 2010-2011 had the audacity to give comments concerning what she calls “economic injustice” at GCC. I guess that goes hand in hand along with her $5.4 million mansion. DAVID KEMPF Greenfield … 1

Editorial: Several benefits to sharing Olympics

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We appreciate U.S. Rep. Richard Neal’s thoughts about the chance that western Massachusetts could get a piece of the action should Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics Summer Games come … 0

Blagg: He embraced the cold

Sunday, March 1, 2015

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way, over the Dawson trail. Talk of your cold! through the parka’s fold it stabbed like a driven nail. If our eyes we’d close, then the lashes froze till sometimes … 0

Letter: Overprotected

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I cannot believe the parents who are suing cities and towns because of their children’s sledding accidents and the towns that are banning sledding (article Feb. 20). What is next, banning outdoor bicycling by children (could cause accidents)? What do these parents suggest children do during the winter … 0

Letter: State police call

Sunday, March 1, 2015

When the phone rang one evening recently, and the caller ID announced that the caller was the State of Massachusetts, I was quite curious as I answered it. The caller, a lovely young woman, was calling from the Shelburne State Police Barracks to inquire whether we were missing … 0

Letter: I’d welcome lampreys

Sunday, March 1, 2015

It would be wonderful if, as Dick Starkey suggests in his letter of Feb 19, by installing fish ladders at the Green River dams we could bring lampreys and other native species back to the Green River. I believe it would be the humans checking out the lampreys, … 0

Editorial: Eyes on the road, not your phone

Friday, February 27, 2015

Just drive. That should be ingrained in the mind of anyone who has a cell phone when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Once that vehicle is moving, their focus has to be on the road. … 0

Letter: Information changes

Friday, February 27, 2015

Schooled in the 1940s and ’50s (Bement, Deerfield Academy and Yale University), young people were not bombarded, day and night, by TV and the Internet. Papers like yours and radio were the source of news. Today, I hold the “blurring” between information and “entertainment” (designed solely to build … 0

Letter: Response to barbarity

Friday, February 27, 2015

Egypt’s decisive response to the recent episode of barbarism by ISIL (aka. ISIS) terrorists, provides a good example of how this war must be fought, as well as sending a powerful message. When militants from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State”, (a title I would call a gross mischaracterization), brutally … 0