Opinion

Editorial: Fall fits perfect with New England

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

We don’t remember such an incredible stretch of weather as we’ve seen over the last week or so. Sunshine and warmth, with nary a cloud floating in the blue sky. You couldn’t ask for any better weather just as autumn begins to pull out its pallette before painting a mosaic of color across the region. Although the arrival of October will undoubtedly mean a change, that doesn’t mean there won’t … 0

Brown/My Turn: True co-existence

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The tired phrase “Honor Diversity” is an old standby in the Pioneer Valley, often voiced by local folks who live in all-white enclaves. It translates as, “Don’t act like a jerk when you encounter people different than yourself.” It’s easy to follow as long as those people are either a small minority or live somewhere else. True diversity exists in Taos, N.M. Anglos … 0

Letter: Pollution limits

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Earth’s climate is getting warmer, and humans are responsible. That’s not my opinion, that’s a fact supported by more than 97 percent of climate scientists. The outcome over the next 50 years and beyond could include massive heat waves, prolonged drought, extreme weather and the mass extinction of species. The good news is we can do something about it while helping the … 0

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The Precinct 7/ Community Relations and Education Committee Community Forum WILL BE HELD ON Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:00 pm at the...(full comment)

Forum to discuss increase of Munson Street traffic tonight

The Precinct 7/ Community Relations and Education Committee Community Forum WILL BE HELD ON Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:00 pm at the...(full comment)

Forum to discuss increase of Munson Street traffic tonight

Okun/My Turn: Don’t stay on the sidelines

Friday, September 26, 2014

“Women want a men’s movement. We are literally dying for it.” — Gloria Steinem It’s way past time to put on the pads, guys. We’ve got to put our shoulders to the wheel of change if we’re going to stop domestic and sexual violence. Are you ready to … 0

Letter: Derek Jeter

Friday, September 26, 2014

We always wanted him to fail. Whether a strikeout or an error, we wanted adversity to greet him and his team when the Red Sox played the Yankees. We watched to see if he’d complain to the umpire after a questionable call, or sulk after a tough loss. … 0

Letter: Aiding the arts

Friday, September 26, 2014

There have been a number of recent letters about the plight of artists in area. First, be aware there are number of state initiatives, such as the local cultural councils, there is one in EVERY TOWN, which has a grant cycle that needs to be submitted by Oct … 0

Editorial: Keep waterways a source of pride

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Autumn arrived this week, which means that many people are beginning to think about fall cleanup. For the homeowner that generally means raking leaves or getting the house ready for the cold and snow. But there’s another cleanup today and Saturday, one that based upon another type of … 0

In the Arena: Good day, Mr. Sunshine

Thursday, September 25, 2014

You can call him “Mr. Sunshine” now. That is the nickname Montague Selectman Michael Nelson bestowed upon himself this week, when he used yet another relatively innocuous board vote as a platform for a political stand, this time against what he views as out-of-control state spending. Nelson voted … 0

Letter: Health objections

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I have read with interest Diane Broncaccio’s coverage of the proposal by Hilltown Networks to install an antenna on Ashfield’s Town Hall and provide wireless Internet service to about one-third of residents. However, in both of her recent articles, she cites only the aesthetic reasons (antennas on a … 0

Letter: Domestic violence

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I love the game of football. That’s probably no surprise. I grew up around the sport. My father was a football coach and our family lived, breathed, and ate football. But I am sickened by the Ray Rice situation. I am sickened that there is any doubt that … 0

Editorial: Arts Block, Pushkin direction hits snag

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

News that the owner of the Arts Block and the Pushkin buildings in Greenfield, Edward Wierzbowski, has filed for bankruptcy protection was a development that wasn’t supposed to be in the cards ... not when you think about the progress toward revitalization downtown Greenfield has been making over … 0

Hynes/My Turn: Shameful double standard

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Published on Sept. 27, 1962, Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking book, “Silent Spring,” ignited modern U.S. environmentalism and resulted in new laws for environmental and public health protection in the United States. Two days earlier, President John F. Kennedy signed … 0

Letter: Rethink transportation

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The week of Sept. 22-26 is The Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge. I’d like to call out to all of us to walk, bike, take transit, carpool, vanpool, or telework ... Share our stories with our neighbors on what we are planning to do. We are given this challenge: … 0