Opinion

Editorial: Safety complex plan: more questions than answers

Monday, February 8, 2016

Greenfield residents should be glad to hear the municipality is working on plans for a safety complex — especially in light of the public library’s expansion plans. But before anyone gets too excited, it would pay to listen closely to what Mayor William Martin is saying: “There are a lot of things to keep in consideration; everything is in play.” Everything is in play, including the need for a tremendous … 0

Wicks/My Turn: A welcome that’s no act

Monday, February 8, 2016

In late summer, I came to the Greenfield Community College campus to ask a few questions about an online course I was planning to take. But something changed during that visit. Surrounded by banners and posters proclaiming, “You Belong Here,” I felt myself say “yes, I do want to be here, not at home with my laptop.” Everything about that visit demonstrated inclusiveness, … 0

Letter: Demonizing pellet fuel

Monday, February 8, 2016

The recent article on Mohawk Trail Regional School’s consideration of wood pellet boilers is troubling. FRCOG’s health agent asserts that pellet heating systems are “a much more pollution prone source of heat” than oil or propane. Wood pellets are renewable and can be locally produced. Pellet fuel is not new; installations are common in the region, and will continue to proliferate, especially as … 0

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Editorial: Time to tackle fantasy sports industry

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Given how slowly the casino process moved in Massachusetts, we can’t say that we’re surprised that the Legislature isn’t fired up to tackle regulating the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry. Lawmakers here may be hedging their bets regarding … 0

In the Arena: New bridge between schools and council

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Valentine’s Day is next weekend, but that didn’t stop Greenfield’s newest School Committee chairman from throwing a few bouquets in the direction of the new Town Council at its most recent meeting. Tim Farrell struck an exceedingly conciliatory tone, making it clear that the “town side” of government … 1

Letter: Performance space

Thursday, February 4, 2016

I was inspired after the excellent coverage of the Shea to re-think the proposed use of Turners Falls’ “mini park” — for a sculpture. I sent the following to Susan LoManto, director of RiverCulture: Seeing the upcoming and exciting celebration for Black History, recognizing RiverCulture’s impact, and the … 0

Letter: Registering for primary

Thursday, February 4, 2016

If you want to vote in the presidential primary on March 1, you must be a registered voter where you live by Feb. 10. Contact your town hall or town clerk for hours to register before Feb. 10. Of course each town’s website will also have this information. … 0

Letter: I’ve had enough

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Enough is enough! Why is it that the more you pay for cable, the more stupid commercials they put in? Yes, I said stupid. If they put anymore in, they won’t have room for anything else. And why is it the more they try to take guns off … 0

Editorial: Iowa just the beginning of long presidential race

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The lesson from the first 2016 presidential voting at the Iowa caucuses Monday is that candidates now must run a marathon to win the nomination because there is no clear front-runner in either party. While attention will be … 0

Letter: A senior center only

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The headlines announce: Town Council votes for money for design phase of new senior center. We seniors are more than delighted; so excited — at long last things will move on with an actual end date in sight. But now — those who are new to the many … 1

Letter: How it works

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

There is a long festering problem exposed in the story of collusion regarding the unfortunate incident at Clarkdale Farm with the tipped over portable toilet. The predicted outcome is a settlement out of court between the insurers of Clarkdale and the portable toilet companies with the plaintiff. The … 0

Editorial: Strong open records bill emerges from Senate

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Understanding government and being actively engaged as a citizen are dependent upon an ability to get information. That’s why a strong open records law is a critical tool in keeping citizens informed particularly on how government performs the people’s business. In Massachusetts, however, people inside and outside of … 0

Letter: Don’t retire now

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An open letter to Sen. Benjamin Downing: I was so disappointed to see in the newspaper that you, Sen. Downing, were planning to RETIRE. We desperately need your help to have a chance to hold the line and pass environmentally progressive legislation! I have been working on divestment … 1