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Editorial: House has to keep eye on SNAP

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re sorry to see the state House of Representatives did not act on a proposed amendment aimed at solving some recent problems with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. We understand that the lawmakers decided to defer to the Gov. Charlie Baker administration, which has indicated a … 0

Donelan/My Turn: Corrections officers leading the way

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Today, May 4, through Friday, May 8, is National Correctional Officers’ Week. This is a yearly opportunity, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, to recognize the hard work involved in the often difficult field of corrections. Each year, we have some events at the House of Correction during the week to express our gratitude to our officers, but I felt compelled this … 0

Letter: Make it fiber-optic

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Why do we need fiber-optic Internet service? WiredWest and several broadband committees have examined various alternatives. Princeton, Leverett and WiredWest did thorough research before deciding on fiber optic. The WiredWest and Princeton websites post their research and conclusions. Verizon will be phasing out DSL, according to statements by Verizon officials. Verizon plans to push people in rural areas onto expensive LTE wireless, which … 0

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Editorial: Common ground best path Legislature’s chambers

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Four months into his state Senate presidency, Stanley C. Rosenberg of Amherst is engaged in a very public power play with House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo over how legislative committees do their work. Essentially, Rosenberg wants to make it easier for bills that originate in the Senate to … 0

Cardinal and Thurber/My Turn: Vote on whole budget, not parts

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

On Feb. 25, the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee voted to approve and submit to member towns a total operating budget of $18,364,099 for Fiscal Year 2016 (which begins on July 1, 2015). This represents an increase of $645,508, or 3.64 percent over the total budget approved for … 0

Letter: Someone right for the role

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What we need is: another actor in the White House. It seems the politicians cannot come up with creditable candidate for president. The Republicans have nobody and the Democrats have less than nobody with Hillary Clinton. Let’s face it, Hilly has no “vision,” so her party members say. … 0

Letter: Graffiti has a place

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I was a bit dismayed when I saw the Montague Police has proposed to not only make unwanted graffiti more of a crime (isn’t it already?) but to require building owners to remove it and outlaw spray paint. Unwanted defacement is one thing, but to restrict what a … 0

Letter: Shameful pipeline propaganda

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

On April 24, I attended the breakfast meeting hosted by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce (FCCC). I am not a member of the chamber but consider it a privilege to occasionally attend these open-to-all meetings in support of local economic development. Unfortunately, at this breakfast, a representative … 1

Editorial: Return the focus to anti-smoking effort

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Before the fight over Greenfield’s proposal to tighten tobacco regulations devolves into a spat of personalities, the participants and public shouldn’t lose sight of the goal: preventing our youth from picking up an unhealthy habit. Whether residents support the Greenfield Health Board’s efforts or find fault with increasing … 0

Sullivan and Ever/My Turn: Keep it legal and safe

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Parents play a major role in their child’s decision to drink or not drink alcohol. As we enter prom and graduation season, the Northwestern District Attorney’s office is partnering with local substance abuse prevention coalitions, like the Easthampton … 0

Letter: The WiredWest effort

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

In his letter of April 21, Hussain A. Hamdan of Hawley made inflammatory accusations about the municipal cooperative WiredWest. They “flagrantly disregard reality” and “have repeatedly done this.” They “have conjured unsubstantiated hysteria.” They have made a “dubious claim” about fiber broadband that is “patently false.” Hawley is … 0

Letter: Keep options open

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Interesting article by Richie Davis on the cost of “Broadband’s Last Few Inches” and Phil Keenan’s comments were right on. I would love to have broadband in Hawley and have “subscribed” with my $49 (refundable if this goes nowhere). But at the present cost figures I would have … 0

Letter: Housing Court no help

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

We own rental property in Greenfield. We have not been very lucky with honest tenants. Again, we had to evict tenants for multiple infractions on their lease and for non-payment of rent. In December, we filed for eviction. No children were involved. It’s now April 20 and we … 0