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Editorial: Virtual school, state remain at odds

Friday, October 24, 2014

Learning that state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester is not happy with how the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is performing doesn’t come as a shock. The backstory on the relationship between the online school and the state has been complicated from the very beginning. Just how much those past disagreements are playing into the present is anyone’s guess. Chester has recommended that the GCVS be placed on a 20-month probation, … 0

Letter: Orwell sums it up

Friday, October 24, 2014

Citizens of Greenfield, MA, USA: Congratulations on your new, 24/7 surveillance cameras overlooking the village square. You are well on your way to becoming a safe community. Thank goodness you had the foresight to build a constabulary far from the town center, lest all that expensive homeland security gear might be vulnerable to graffiti, broken lights and other assorted acts of vandalism. That … 0

Letter: Fossil fuels divestment

Friday, October 24, 2014

Climate activist and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy counsels that it is imperative to celebrate any step we make in contributing to the well-being of our world. Certainly many steps were taken by the over 400,000 people, including many from the Greenfield area, who participated in the Peoples’ Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21 very quickly that the steps they took mattered. … 0

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Morehouse/My Turn: Powerful tool for food donations

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The United States Senate has the opportunity to provide a powerful boost to charitable organizations like The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts working to improve lives and strengthen communities here in western Massachusetts and across the country. In July 2014, the House of Representatives approved the America Gives … 0

Letter: Effective representation

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Once in a while, a politician comes along who brings distinction and honor to his profession. Steve Kulik is such a person. Steve and his wife moved from the Boston area to Worthington in 1976. They built a house here and raised two children. Steve served for 11 … 0

Letter: Move forward

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I had the opportunity to sit next to Denise Andrews at an event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Wheeler Memorial Library in Orange. As I talked with Denise, I found her very engaged and knowledgeable of the issues important to me like education, broadband, and our post … 0

Letter: A matter of choice

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Casinos have open doors. You can just walk in, but you don’t have to. If you are inside and you wish to leave, the door is right there as well. As the law now states, you are free to come and go. Certain people want to restrict our … 0

Editorial: Lamson and Goodnow's improving outlook

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Not too long ago, in fact just this past August, the news from Lamson & Goodnow Co. was pretty grim. The 177-year-old manufacturer had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, there had been employee layoffs and even with the company putting together a new business plan, its prospects … 0

Koehn and Friedman/My Turn: Support sick leave initiative

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Right now in Massachusetts, almost 1 million workers cannot take a single day of paid sick time to visit the doctor or take care of a sick child or themselves. In November, we can change this by voting “Yes” on Question 4, which would guarantee access to earned … 0

Abrahams/My Turn: Do your homework with prostate cancer screening

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In a recent opinion piece, state Rep. Steve Kulik and state Sen. Steve Brewer, both survivors of prostate cancer, issued a passionate and unqualified call for men to be screened for prostate cancer. The fact is, prostate cancer screening is not always a good idea, and the recommendations … 0

Letter: Re-elect Andrews

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I write to urge the return of Denise Andrews to the Massachusetts House on Nov. 4. Rep. Andrews helped us Massachusetts nurses get “safe patient limits” in all of our ICUs, protecting the safety of our friends and loved ones when they become patients. Denise supports earned sick … 0

Letter: Give Korpita a chance

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It’s always a tough call for voters when two good candidates face-off for the same seat and after attending last Tuesday’s debate between Kulik and Korpita, it became apparent that the 1st Franklin District has a tough decision to make. And what a wonderful problem to have! It’s … 0

Letter: Democrat tricks

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Democrat progressives (read socialists) are today’s pranksters. They’ll throw out a boldfaced lie and the democratic, self-absorbed, gullible voting public will eat it up like candy. You can’t fix stupid. With the midterms coming up, the Democratic Party is back on the “Republicans Kill” mantra with budget cuts. … 1