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Opinion

Editorial: Best to all at Boston Marathon

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Good luck to all the runners at the Boston Marathon today. It’s a grueling 26.2 miles that calls for stamina and strength. And this year’s race, a year after the terrorist attacks, is bound to require emotional strength as well. We hope one and all are successful in crossing the finish line. … 0

Blagg: A loving response

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Way out in Topeka, Kan., just down the street from a McDonald’s and a Sonic Drive-in, sits a tidy white ediface called the Westboro Baptist Church. Hanging from one end of the building is a banner inscribed “godhatesamerica.com.” Across the street, down from the neat row of cherry trees, someone has painted their … 0

Letter: Pipeline dangers

Sunday, April 20, 2014

To landowners who might be approached for permission to let the pipeline run through their land, I say, “If you value your land and the resources it represents, you’d better say ‘NO.’” There are so many reasons to send Kinder Morgan packing I can only name a few. Remember when they said it would never happen? What about the Exxon Valdez and BP … 0

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McDougall/My Turn: A garden and its people

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Editorial: Don’t answer hatred with silence

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hatred never ceases to amaze us. Day after day, we learn of some act of violence, some public expression of loathing, that creates feelings of sorrow, fear and bewilderment. It leaves us asking: How is this possible? And … 0

Mickiwewicz/My Turn: Knowing how to swim

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

As the YMCA in Greenfield’s aquatics director for the past 23 years, I have seen a lot of changes in children over the decades. The majority of children today are pudgier and/or less fit and their average swim skills are very poor; so poor they would not be … 0

Letter: Surprise visitor

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I received a wonderful surprise here in Ruston, La., recently! Bud Foster (Foster’s Super Market) stopped for a visit and lunch. He has been a life-long friend and role model for me. In 1946, I was a student at Mount Hermon School. When I was not in class, … 0

Letter: Women’s issues

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A so-called “Republican War on Women” — effectively coined for President Obama’s successful 2012 re-election campaign — was a topic recently tackled by a panel of women, including Karen Anderson of Orange, a contender for state representative for the 2nd Franklin District. We encourage the readers of The … 0

Letter: Stillwater business

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I am writing in support of Deerfield River Portage (DRP). I had the good fortune to work for Kate Clayton-Jones and Danielle Canedy — the co-owners of this small business — last summer, and I’m extremely pleased that they will be able to continue their operation for at … 0

Letter; Support my candidacy

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My name is William Bembury and I am running for the position of selectman May 5. I am a retired state employee with 32 years of law enforcement experience. I served in the United States Marine Corps, and was wounded in combat in Vietnam; I am a lifetime … 0

Editorial: These proposed regs stink

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Gauging from the reaction of farmers in western Massachusetts, the state Department of Agricultural Resources did more than step in manure when formulating its proposed plant nutrient application regulations. To put it mildly, the message from the people who raise our food is that what the state wants … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Mother Russia

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In the 17th and 18th centuries, Peter I and Catherine the Great, with her well-trained armies, fought a number of wars against the Ottoman Empire. In spite of their numerical inferiority, their troops defeated their rival from the … 0

Letter: ADA compliance

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

As a strong and experienced advocate for persons with disabilities (39 years with the previous ADA Commission of Greenfield), I think it should be a priority for all towns, nonprofits, government, state leaders to protect, advocate and implement ADA regulations. Currently, Bill No. 1164 — sponsored by Rep. … 0

Letter: Bad regulations

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I’m a farmer. I care about the environment and depend on it to produce healthy, nutritious crops. Sales of my crops can be easily damaged by food safety scares resulting from someone cutting corners so I understand the need for regulation. However, as a small businessperson, I don’t … 0