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Editorial: Get ready for the county fair

Monday, September 1, 2014

An early Labor Day and a late Thanksgiving, combined with a cooler-than-usual summer and it’s easy to get confused where we are with the calendar. Is it really summer? Some days it’s hard to tell. So mark your calendar for Thursday through Sunday. That way you won’t miss the Franklin County Fair. For fans of this long-standing tradition — this marks the 166th year — the fair is one of … 0

Letter: Pipeline plans

Monday, September 1, 2014

Kinder Morgan has a FERC petition now called “the Connecticut Expansion,” where they are seeking to bypass environmental impact processes at both the state and federal level to reconfigure their existing pipeline in Massachusetts! This pipeline exists in southern Massachusetts, but they are planning to divert that pipeline’s gas and suppliers to Connecticut, it seems, in order to build the case for the … 1

Letter: Putin’s thinking

Monday, September 1, 2014

I read a very interesting interpretation of the situation in the Ukraine one that if true could tragically affect all of Europe as it is drawn into a conflict of the U.S.’s making. According to Sergei Glaziev friend and close adviser of Putin’s, the way they are seeing it is that: The U.S. is trying to foment war in Europe and using the … 0

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Letter: Pipeline plans

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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

Editorial: Colrain should move on sewer system

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some old-fashioned advice for Colrain: Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. A significant opportunity has been presented by the state in the form of a $2.5 million grant that would go toward the building of a town center sewer system. That money, while not necessarily covering … 0

Gran/My Turn: The science/public gap

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A recent Global Trends 2014 survey of 20 countries by Ipsos MORI indicates that only 54 percent of Americans agree with the statement that “The climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity.” … 0

Letter: 96 steps

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I live at the Weldon and clearly the elevator needs to be replaced and I suspect Mr. Henecker is doing the best his company can do BUT I live on the fourth floor so I would like him to know we have more than three floors. Maybe he … 0

Letter: State treasurer

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tom Conroy, candidate for state treasurer, will have my vote in the Democratic primary on Sept. 9. My decision is based on the bold actions he has taken to advocate for a flexible and progressive carbon tax in order to reverse climate change, reduce pollution and foster more … 0