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Editorial: Making Greenfield more bicycle friendly

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It’s been more than a week since Greenfield announced it has created dedicated bicycle lanes for a long stretch of Federal Street. We don’t know if we are surprised or relieved, maybe both, that there have been no car/bike collisions while motorists learn to get by with less road along one of the town’s busier commercial arteries. But it’s a worthwhile learning curve. The bike lanes run from Silver Street … 0

Swinerton/My Turn: Here come the Clintons

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I agree with a recent letter suggesting that John Kasich from Ohio would be a very qualified candidate for president. He has experience both in Congress and as a governor. In a nationwide election, he’s from the all important state of Ohio. I believe also that Marco Rubio should be his running mate. … 0

Letter: Sorry they’re gone

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Recently, we lost one of our priceless blessings and an absolute gem in our area, Bruce’s Browser. Diane Lincoln and her team created an oasis to refresh our souls and our community. Whether enjoying a milkshake made by Mary, reading the fabulous bumper sticker collection, buying local artists’ and writers’ offerings, picking up cards or enjoying an evening in the back corner for … 0

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Letter: Losing old soldiers

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Once again, it is Memorial Day here in picturesque upper Buckland. Glancing from side to side, I take note of the stately old maple trees that line this route. As a boy, I used to crouch beneath these same trees while waiting for the school bus. Unfortunately youth … 0

Letter: Move Charlemont forward

Sunday, May 24, 2015

There is new life in the town of Charlemont. We have a major construction project at the site of the old drive-in. We have two new eating establishments and a sport shop in the village. Berkshire East has a Mountain Coaster. Our school’s agricultural focus has created enthusiasm … 0

Editorial: The buzz surrounding pollinators in peril

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Our Pioneer Valley, a region dotted with farms, orchards and fields, makes an idyllic vision, one that conjures up “the land of milk and honey,” words from the Old Testament. Those words can be taken quite literally since … 0

Healey/My Turn: Wrong direction with our forestry assets

Sunday, May 24, 2015

If you head south in western Massachusetts on Interstate 91, every day, all day long, you will see hundreds of trucks filled with local logs going north, many to Canada and some to Europe and China. The trucks take thousands of jobs and economic opportunities for rural Massachusetts … 0

Wilson/My Turn: To build a fire

Sunday, May 24, 2015

What to do to honor the Earth? Burn brush. Why? According to my aesthetic, I like the woods around our house to be open and clear, like a park, but branches fall down every winter and picking them up takes quite a while. Sometimes trees fall and I … 0

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