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Opinion

Editorial: Moving Millers Falls forward

Friday, January 23, 2015

Millers Falls has had a long history, not only as one of the five villages of Montague but also with the neighboring communities of Erving and Wendell. At one point, the village was a center of activity, a busy community. Commerce included grocery and drug stores, places to eat and stay as well as the home for various tradesmen and repair shops. And, of course, there were Millers Falls Tool … 0

Kurland/My Turn: Revising the foundation budget

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dear Ms. Williamson, Sen. Chang-Diaz and members of the Massachusetts Foundation Budget Review Commission: Thank you for conducting hearings about revising the formula for the foundation budget calculations. I would like to expand upon the testimony I gave at the hearing in Northampton. Our goal is to provide excellent, not just adequate, education for every child in the commonwealth, whether that child is … 0

Letter: We need a stronger law

Friday, January 23, 2015

Seeing we are the adults and our lawmakers are adults — why do adults have to live by the law? This has to do with talking on your cell phone will driving. Today, a car pulled out of Hope Street (never stopped) went through the stop sign and cut me off. Yes, this person was talking on the phone (adult). Just look around … 0

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I thought Park Villa and Redbrook were "owned" by the Montague Housing Authority---and managed by Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority....(full comment)

Economic development director on paid administrative leave

This letter from Berkshire Gas doesn't seem credible. And in the Boston Globe this morning, there is further substantiation of the leak...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas: Necessary information

Newman/My Turn: He’s a hero in my eyes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I want to share with you a story about compassion and courage, life and death, despair and jubilation. I want to tell you about Bryan Stevenson. In 1986, I traveled to Georgia to meet Stevenson, an African-American attorney who grew up in the 1960s in the segregated, confederate-flag-displaying … 0

Hogen/My Turn: Speaking up for victims of state-sponsored violence

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Statistics can be misleading and boring, but they convey a message. There have been a maximum of 779 Muslim men in Guantanamo since its opening 14 years ago. Now there are 121. Those who have gotten out were … 0

Editorial: Charlie Hebdo’s message

Monday, January 19, 2015

A week after two masked gunmen stormed into the offices of a satirical French newspaper and slaughtered 12 people to protest the paper’s cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, a new issue of Charlie Hebdo hit the streets featuring — you guessed it — a cartoon of the Prophet … 0

Greenberg and others/My Turn: At a crucial turning point

Monday, January 19, 2015

We’re sure that many of you have been following the efforts of the commonwealth, the Franklin Region Council of Governments and our legislators to convince private sector companies to significantly upgrade Internet service to the underserved towns of rural Franklin County. They’re not interested. Why? Too few customers … 0

Letter: Speaking out

Monday, January 19, 2015

The thrust of Sunday’s (Jan 11) Je suis Charlie candlelight vigil was to proclaim our belief in and defend freedom of expression. I do not think that it was to characterize the speech of the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper. Eveline MacDougall (whom I know well and very much … 0

Letter: Brattleboro curbside

Monday, January 19, 2015

Responding to Curbside Compost letter by Andrew Baker: Andrew, I couldn’t agree with you more about the great need and benefits of curbside composting. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, Brattleboro, Vt., your neighbor to the north, is going great on its curbside composting program. They have … 0

Letter: Where peace begins

Monday, January 19, 2015

Terrorism: a dominant theme in the news that is rousing defiant reactions of people claiming their right to freedom of speech. But with freedom comes responsibility, and a little wisdom wouldn’t go amiss. Yes, we have a right to hurl abusive language and insult our neighbor. Will it … 0

Editorial: Much to learn from Martin Luther King

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is being honored today with the federal holiday marking his birth. But … 0

Blagg: Cheap gas has hefty price

Sunday, January 18, 2015

As I drove away from a local gas station the other day, after having filled my tank with gasoline at a price cheaper than I’ve paid in decades, a thought popped into my head. A very unpopular thought. … 1

Letter: How it translates

Sunday, January 18, 2015

This is so cool! All the most powerful Western leaders and their attendant celebs joining together, hand in hand, in supporting the right to free expression! Hooray! Even though most of them wouldn’t recognize truly free expression if it bit them on the behind as they stoop over … 0