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Opinion

Editorial: Stupidity leads to fatal accident

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The accidental shooting death of a gun-range instructor in Arizona has stupidity written all over it. What makes the incident even more senseless is just how easily this entire tragedy could have been avoided, had the adults in the story used just a little common sense. Instead, we have family and friends mourning the death of Charles Vacca ... and a 9-year-old girl having to deal emotionally and psychologically for … 0

Letter: What they stand for

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Rep. Denise Andrews has been attacked by her opponents in the upcoming state elections. But it seems pretty evident that Denise works hard for us. She also comes to our Old Home Day in Wendell, and she comes here, rolls up her sleeves and helps us with the issues that are important to us. A visit to Denise Andrews’ website showed a long … 0

Letter: Cleaning up Turners

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Volunteers for clean-up in the Village of Turners Falls. Motivation to serve will come from wanting a better environment to live in and enjoy. Service will rarely be glorious. Temptation to quit will sometimes be strong. Volunteers must be diligent with little or no visible results and possibly no recognition except from each other. You may choose to clean as small or as … 0

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Letter: Pipeline plans

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Letter: Pipeline plans

Editorial: Teens need more sleep

Friday, August 29, 2014

Teenagers like — and need — to sleep ... a lot. That’s not exactly earth-shattering news to parents who may have seen their child head off to bed at a seemingly reasonable time on a Friday only to see them emerge sometime Saturday afternoon. But what many adults … 0

Leach/My Turn: Energy emissions

Friday, August 29, 2014

Plans to expand the production of natural gas from shale formations in the United States and around the world may face an as-yet-unseen stumbling block. Atmospheric scientists are concerned that even small amounts of methane leakage from the production and use of natural gas could negate whatever environmental … 0

Letter: Talking about suicide

Friday, August 29, 2014

For me, its hard to believe that people can’t sit with the word “suicide” and I often find myself asking them why it is so hard? Usually I am met with resistance and anger or a befuddled look on their faces. After a few minuets of explaining why … 0

Letter: Loving our fellow man

Friday, August 29, 2014

I was encouraged to read a letter in the Aug. 20 paper, which involved a young man in our congregation at Moores Corner Church. He took time to do something nice for a child with a disability. Although he didn’t know the child or his family and may … 0

Letter: Candidate in line with us

Friday, August 29, 2014

I represent a growing minority — I was born in Franklin County, was educated here, went away to college and returned to work, live, purchase a home and make a family in this beautiful area, which has given me so much to be thankful for. There is a … 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 … 0

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 … 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 … 0

Letter: Helping the homeless

Thursday, August 28, 2014

There are currently more than 2,000 homeless families receiving temporary emergency shelter in motels in Massachusetts, including several dozen families in Greenfield. The Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority has a contract with the state to help these families find affordable housing. Many of the families are … 0

Letter: American made

Thursday, August 28, 2014

In response to Darlene B. Clark’s letter, “Made in the USA,” I would like her to know that there are many places to buy American-made clothing at prices that are affordable and competitive with those brands she mentioned. She can simply visit www.BuyDirectUSA.com and click on the clothing … 0