Opinion

Editorial: Dalai Lama’s message perseveres

Friday, April 24, 2015

When the Dalai Lama visits the Pioneer Valley in late October, college students and fortunate members of the public will get the chance to hear from a man for whom patience, compassion and joy are not abstract notions. For him and his followers, they are the keys to fulfillment and, in some cases, survival. The exiled religious leader of Tibet has scheduled appearances at Smith College on Oct. 23, Amherst … 0

Culleny: The fire in the brain

Friday, April 24, 2015

When I commented on two online photos that compared youth activities in the 1970s (guitar playing/singing) to those today (screen viewing/texting), I got in trouble with a younger friend who accused me of judging the first to be superior to the second. He said he was tired of older people whining about how it is now compared to how it was. He had … 0

Letter: FDR’s tax push

Friday, April 24, 2015

History on the progressive side praises almost without end FDR’s accomplishments in implementing social programs. It is possible that he would not have done it if the labor movement leaders had not made him realize the political reality if he did not. The story goes that the labor leaders had a few meeting with him and made it clear that they represented millions … 0

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It is absolutely correct that safety trumps shortcuts. Vermont Yankee, and all plants have been designed and operated that way. It is...(full comment)

Editorial: Keep Yankee’s emergency plan in place

They also almost immediately seek abatements as they have done in Agawam, and towns receive less money than is promised when they...(full comment)

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Editorial: Accessory dwelling proposal can work

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Greenfield’s accessory apartment proposal has quickly proven to be a hot topic, even though there is significant value in its purpose and potential. The Planning Board’s withdrawal of the proposed ordinance will provide a needed cooling off period to better assess the pros and cons of the idea. … 0

Norman/My Turn: Lesson in uncivil discourse

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A collection of Greenfield residents from several precincts recently attended an evening meeting of a Town Council subcommittee regarding a draft zoning ordinance on the relatively obscure topic of “accessory dwelling units.” What motivated these neighbors to speak out on this issue? The answer is simple: they came … 0

Letter: No to Bush, Clinton

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Why would anyone vote for another Bush or Clinton? Nostalgia? Name recognition? Do you like partisan politics? Are you satisfied with the status quo of growing income inequality, a national deficit out of control and failed foreign policy? Are you anxious to see our military involved in more … 0

Letter: Accessory apartments

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

As a recent transplant from Boston to Precinct 5, I would like to respond to some of the objections to the accessory apartment proposal. It seems many of the fears voiced at the recent hearing could be equally applied to single-family units, such as those rented by absentee … 0

Letter: Caring for Earth

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Earth Day — a day to remind us that we HAVE an Earth, and to recommit ourselves to taking CARE of it. How to do that? We must stop climate change NOW. Personally, I like the maple trees, daffodils and forsythia I grew up with, and don’t want … 0

Editorial: Keep Yankee’s emergency plan in place

Monday, April 20, 2015

The following message is to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Entergy: safety trumps shortcuts. This should have long been understood about operating a nuclear power plant, including every step of the decommissioning process. A number of Franklin County towns and neighboring communities in New Hampshire and Vermont have … 1

Myer/My Turn: hardly a model river

Monday, April 20, 2015

A lifeless, three-foot long Connecticut River shortnose sturgeon sits on display at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls. The shortnose has been this river’s only federally-endangered fish since 1967. That plastic sturgeon has sat amidst other replica fish for a dozen years now—a plastic American shad, … 0

Letter: Not the only option

Monday, April 20, 2015

It’s disturbing when people are so determined to get their way that they flagrantly disregard reality. In my opinion, WiredWest and/or its supporters have repeatedly done this. Recent pro-WiredWest mailings and editorials have conjured unsubstantiated hysteria to get people on board. One dubious claim is that “we need … 0

Letter: Northfield’s message

Monday, April 20, 2015

An important element missing in Northfield’s Master Plan is a commitment to celebrate the town’s true heritage. When Dwight L. Moody lived here, the town was a resort town. People came here to experience the peace of our green hills and pleasant meadows as well as to receive … 1

Letter: Off topic

Monday, April 20, 2015

Anyone who brings God or Al Gore into the debate about climate change clearly doesn’t understand science. CATHY GOUCH Greenfield … 0