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Editorial: WIC change a good one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: It’s good to see the Commonwealth of Massachusetts moving to a debit-card system for those who get nutritional help through the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Of course, we don’t know if the state had much of a choice, given that the federal government is mandating that … 0

Blagg: Reporting’s risks

Sunday, October 19, 2014

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press BAGHDAD — Militants unleashed a wave of attacks on Thursday targeting Shiite areas in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing at least 38 people and wounding dozens, officials said. The deadliest attack took place when two parked car-bombs exploded simultaneously in a commercial area in the northern Dolaie neighborhood, killing 14 civilians and wounding 34 others. By AHMED … 0

Letter: Benefiting others

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Monday, Oct. 6, I was privileged to take part in a fundraiser event at the restaurant Hope and Olive in Greenfield. This particular event night benefited the nonprofit Diggity Service Dogs, which trains and places rescued dogs as assistive service dogs for psychiatric purposes. Everything about the evening was amazing ... the concept, the atmosphere, the food, the all-volunteer service, the guests and … 0

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Letter: Case for run-off elections

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I agree wholeheartedly with the editorial stating that all candidates should be included in debates. Having heard the first debate, I would like to hear more from the candidates who are being excluded by the Worcester sponsors of their debate on Oct. 27. The reason that their poll … 1

Letter A big difference

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Let’s face it, beside their gender, there is not allot of difference between Mr. Baker and Ms. Coakley. Baker is opposed to the automatic gas tax hike. Baker, brings private industry/civil service experience while Coakley is permanent civil servant. And therein lies the rub. As a civil servant, … 0

Letter: Power up solar

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Greenfield residents should pay special attention to solar power in their town. Solar panels are a great way to help our environment and fight global warming, while protecting homeowners from fluctuating energy costs. Towns all over Massachusetts have been completing solar projects at a breakneck pace, which bodes … 0

Editorial: Buoniconti’s homework

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We’re glad that Mohawk Trail Regional School District Superintendent Michael Buoniconti is doing his homework when it comes to a four-day school week. Such a possible shift in the school week would be a change that would have an impact beyond the classroom. Buoniconti’s research is in large … 0

Bos/My Turn: Our cancer connection

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We call it the “Big C” (along with some other things) in our weekly men’s support meetings at Cancer Connection just across Locust Street from Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Founded in 2000, the nonprofit Cancer Connection (www.cancer-connection.org/) is at heart a “living room,” where each Wednesday at … 0

Letter: History of ‘the flip’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

First and foremost a thank you to Trish Crapo for her lovely article about our wonderful restaurants and how we find inspiration for the delicious cocktails we serve. I would like the opportunity to clarify my comments about the history on the “flip” cocktail. The flip first appeared … 0

Letter: Our card project

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

For the last 11 years, we have been sending Christmas cards to the Wounded Warriors. We asked many people to help us in this project. We needed someone to write on our card — fire departments, police departments, workers from Staples, Dunkin Donuts, people on the street, VFW, … 0

Editorial: Say ‘yes’ to repeal on Question 1

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Questions about the gas tax in Massachusetts — Is it too high? Too low? How should it be used? — are touchy issues. Many complain about what the tax does to the price of gas and whether it should be dedicated only to upkeep of our roads and … 1

Barbarism's rationale

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What’s with ISIS? ISIS is the latest diabolical monster to come down the human pike: irrational, brutal and bloodthirsty, faux-pious, faux-devout. But ISIS is really nothing more than another instance of what humans do to humans —another historic example of what humans are, in part, about. There’s nothing … 0

Letter: Competing visions

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I attended the Center Village Master Planning meeting held Sept. 28, with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments presiding. I did NOT have their report to read before the meeting. (FRCOG held a visioning session on June 30, 2013, 20 people attended.) The FRCOG Center Village Master Plan … 1