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Editorial: Mass. missteps with REAL ID

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nine years ago, Congress passed the Real ID Act and it became law ... but then things started to unravel. The idea was to make sure that when a person presented a driver’s license anywhere in the country, it confirmed their identity. But that hasn’t happened. Both the federal government and that states have had a hard time getting their act together. On the federal side, the Department of Homeland … 0

In the Arena: Ham-handed protest

Thursday, August 28, 2014

An otherwise conciliatory primary race in the 2nd Franklin District took a somewhat ugly turn this week, thanks to what appears to be a case of mistaken political identity. A half-dozen protesters gathered outside Athol Town Hall ostensibly to protest Republican candidate Susannah Whipps Lee, whom the protesters claim violated their First Amendment Rights related to an alleged effort to remove a photograph … 0

Letter: Undemocratic influence

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A recent article in your editorial page described in broad detail the book, “The Brothers,” the actions of Allen Dulles, head of the CIA and his brother John Foster Dulles, head of our state department. It is sickening to even guess how many lives were lost, how many were tortured, how many were imprisoned because of their actions in our, that is American, … 0

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Letter: Out of place

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Silver Street Misfits: 1. The new Greenfield High School. The height of the school is wrong for the area. The original high school had the height next to the park for a reason. 2. The Burma Shave advertisements. Poetry is great in the right place. RONALD S. SZULBOSKI … 0

Editorial: A new school year begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

Despite August’s last gasp of warm breath, people know that summer is on the wane. And if you need more proof, j ust ask the students. All across the county, school building doors are being flung open as … 0

Letter: Non-partisan? You’re kidding

Monday, August 25, 2014

Like many other readers, when I opened the mailbox this afternoon, I was greeted by a glossy color mailing from MassFiscal.org. For those unfamiliar with this organization, just flip to the back page, where they describe themselves as a “non-profit” “non-partisan” organization “committed to improving the quality of … 0

Letter: Let the story show

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Gee, what’s wrong with those people in Ferguson, Mo.? Can’t they just write letters to the editor and sign petitions? Editor Blagg asserts that the victim, Michael Brown, had a “sterling character” according to family and friends. I would like to know where he got that information; I … 0

Letter: Water for the world

Monday, August 25, 2014

In the next two months, Congress has the opportunity to improve the way it spends U.S. foreign aid on clean water, sanitation and hygiene programs so that countries with the least access become the priority. But the bipartisan bill that would do so is not yet a priority … 0

Letter: Our hyprocrisy

Monday, August 25, 2014

Gov. Patrick signed the “Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety” bill and then presumably enjoyed a “steak” or a “hamburger” for lunch. The only thing more staggering than the intellectual compartmentalization and moral hypocrisy represented here is the extent to which it is perfectly, pervasively “normal” in the lives … 0

Letter: Our ‘problem’

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wal-Mart, Walgreens have a certain ring to their names. Does Mr. Norman have fetish for companies whose names start with “Wal.” How come he didn’t mention Stop & Shop or Apple or any of the hundreds of companies. Boycott Walgreens. No, I think everyone should boycott Greenfield. Before … 0

Letter: Just a microcosm

Monday, August 25, 2014

Regarding the Market Basket press, doesn’t anybody get it, including our governor? ... Here is a locally owned chain of grocery stores run by Arthur T. DeMoulas, who provided above-average wages and truly much-lower grocery prices. The workers are doing more than screaming for their old boss. They … 0

Editorial: School cooperation kudos

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Competition between communities should never get in the way of sharing good ideas. We think this is particularly true when it comes to education. We’re glad to hear that Four … 0

Blagg: New-age holy war

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Back in the year 613, when the Prophet Muhammad was preaching to the first few converts to what would become Islam, his message was one of peace. When he and his followers were expelled from Mecca, a small … 0