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Editorial: A straightforward request

Friday, July 31, 2015

From where we sit, a request from Ford and Toyota dealership for a tax break is pretty straightforward. The owner wants to use Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to reduce the amount of taxes paid to Greenfield over the next 10 years. Getting this municipal break would then let Robert Cartelli, owner of the Ford and Toyota of Greenfield, to apply for an even greater tax break from the state. As … 1

Letter: Working at CSO

Friday, July 31, 2015

To Karin Jeffers, CEO of CSO: I came to CSO with approximately 30 years of experience in human services, primarily in Franklin County. I was invited to join CSO by a team of people that I had a great deal of respect and admiration for. It has been a really positive experience getting to know my co-workers and clients over these last 3½ … 0

Letter: Life elsewhere

Friday, July 31, 2015

The latest astronomical discovery, an “earth-like” planet 1,400 light years away, dubbed Kepler-452b, has sent some observers into an orgasmic frenzy. The most obvious explanation for all the excitement is a natural one. We should always be eager to discover new information about God’s creation — Johann Kepler’s motivation. But underlying the starry eyed (pun intended) Mooney and Krishna-like euphoria over the prospect … 0

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Editorial: A straightforward request

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Letter: Our power capacity

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tom Relihan’s piece, “Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains,” is the kind of balanced, well-researched stuff we need on a subject of both immediate (pocketbook) and larger (Greenland may be melting) concern. Some comments: Testimony to his objectivity (tough in this town) is … 2

Letter: Cautionary tale

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I was told this story from a Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles person. A young man was tested for his beginners driver’s licensee, and passed. However, the official cautioned the driver that he should be aware of the speed limit signs. In the afternoon, the trooper was on … 0

Editorial: Olympic bid too risky a financial gamble

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It might have been fun. But oh, the sticker shock. The demise of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics shows that people can love the spirit of the games and want great things for their state without … 0

Letter: Share the road

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I was disheartened and saddened to read the recent news of the fatal collision on Routes 5 & 10. Bicyclists, runners, and pedestrians have a right to utilize roadways and should act responsibly when doing so. However, too many vehicle drivers do not seem to take care when … 0

Letter: FERC, grow a backbone

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dear FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission): Will you ever become a responsible, responsive regulatory agency? By which we mean regulate? As opposed caving in to corporate profiteering? Fracking has already been deemed dangerous to the point of being declared illegal in three states. More statewide bans are sure … 1

Letter: Step up, Stan

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

An Open Letter to Sen. Stanley Rosenberg: It’s been just about a full year now since Sen. Rosenberg’s last written release regarding the planed Northeast Energy Direct Project (NED); today a letter to FERC requesting a delay for the scheduled scoping hearing in Greenfield. Your words (and Letterhead) … 0

Letter: God’s natural handiwork

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I have been on three continents, sailed two oceans and three seas and as I observed these portions of the earth that God created. I am still amazed of His handiwork. Each area has its own flora and fauna, but they have one thing in common: They have … 0

Editorial: Necessary 3-state response for jobs

Monday, July 27, 2015

Ending the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s run as a power producer came with strings attached. Beyond the obvious concerns over the dismantling of the reactor and the on-site storage of nuclear materials, shuttering the plant means a significant economic hit to the region. Many well-paying jobs are lost. … 0

Magee and Pike/My Turn: Senator, hear us, join us

Monday, July 27, 2015

Dear Sen. Stan Rosenberg: Now is not the time to postpone next Wednesday’s FERC meeting at Greenfield Middle School. We invite thousands of citizens to be at the school at 195 Federal St. at 5 p.m., before the hearing at 6:30 p.m., to show support against the pipeline … 0

Letter: Olympic boondoggle

Monday, July 27, 2015

I am upset with the double talk coming from Beacon Hill. Our tax dollars should not go to fund the Olympics! I don’t agree to paying a MULTI-BILLION dollar bailout for the Olympics! Unfortunately, the Legislature put a phony gimmick within the state budget to try to fool … 0