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Editorial: Don’t leave consumers holding the electric bill

Monday, May 25, 2015

Angry constituents who flooded state Sen. Donald Humason’s office this winter with phone calls had one simple message — help. They felt ripped off by their electricity companies for sending them large final bills after they switched to a competitive supplier. They were right to be angry. Many knew little or nothing about a rebilling charge until a bill came, and it’s clear the system was not set up to … 0

Culleny: Feeding American ignorance

Monday, May 25, 2015

“What journalists choose and how journalists frame inescapably arises out of what journalists believe.” That observation, made by journalist Michael Kelly, should not be news given human nature and that journalists are human. To be purely unbiased is not an easy state to achieve or maintain. It may be impossible. But this doesn’t … 0

Letter: Rosenberg and pipeline

Monday, May 25, 2015

You have to hand it to Stan Rosenberg. He’s managed to cultivate a positive image for himself, despite apparently selling out his constituents on the Kinder Morgan pipeline issue. Any benefit to the public from this project is incidental. The New England states are incapable of consuming the gas — it is simply far too much. Demand here would have to almost double … 0

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Letter: New Salem broadband vote

Friday, May 22, 2015

I am writing to encourage the residents of New Salem to authorize funding for the last mile broadband project at the June 1 town meeting. We moved to New Salem in 2008, thinking that it offered our family the perfect alternative to suburban life. We own an online … 0

Editorial: Let them play

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Council’s decision making it harder for middle school athletes to compete on the varsity level this fall can be couched in all sorts of language about competition and integrity, of fairness and even gaming the system. Apparently missing from the conversation is consideration of … 0

In the Arena: Election night disappointment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The only thing missing from Montague Town Hall on Monday night was a boom box playing a continuous loop of “Garden Party” by the late Ricky Nelson. Just as Nelson was booed out of Madison Square Garden on that fateful night in 1971, Montague Selectman Mark Fairbrother has … 0

Letter: My Meadows view

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I agree with Priscilla Collins; Greenfield is a small rural town and income levels are low and we are paying the third-highest property tax rate in the state ($17.5 per $1,000). We are paying more than double or triple most other towns and cities our size. But I … 0

Letter: Story focus

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Diane Broncaccio’s report about the Hawley annual Town Meeting (“Hawley voters OK amended recall, broadband articles,” May 13) devoted 16 of its 17 paragraphs to three articles that were added to the town warrant by petition. Two of these concerned WiredWest, one proposed a bylaw that would allow … 0

Letter: A place for all?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It was heartening to see the articles about the seniors talking to town officials about the services they want (although I am dubious with it being a “human rights issue”). We, as a community, should be having discussions about what extras we would like to fund. I will … 0

Editorial: Broadband expansion necessary

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Broadband Internet service has been characterized as the new electricity. Such service is an integral part of 21st century life, even for those small out-of-the-way communities in Massachusetts where it can seem that the number of back roads exceeds the number of residents The Federal Communications Commission put … 0

Newman/My Turn: Wedding hopes in the wings

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

No one at the rally on Main Street outside Northampton City Hall on the evening of Nov. 18, 2003, will forget that celebration. People hugged and cheered. Balloons floated. Signs were hoisted. Rainbow flags were waived. And Rachel Maddow spoke. Earlier that day, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court … 0

Benzaia/My Turn: Preschool plans create questions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As someone who has been working in the field of early education for nearly 20 years, no one has to convince me of the importance of a quality early-learning experience for a child. The Girls Club of Greenfield and its branches, Valley Play School and Camp Lion Knoll, … 0

Letter: Beyond Whately

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I also attended Whately’s annual town meeting and was shocked that the citizens of the town failed to vote “yes” to oppose the Tennessee Gas Pipeline. If one follows the deplorable safety record of the companies that have built these projects, how could you vote to support such … 0