Opinion

Editorial: Food Bank shift a problem

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has long been on the front line of fighting hunger in a region that includes Franklin County. That battle that has been going on for more than three decades, and we can’t imagine coming close to easing hunger’s grip on the local community if this nonprofit organization hadn’t been so proactive. Recent changes with the Food Bank’s approach, however, don’t quite line up with … 0

In the Arena: Catching up with Warren

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I don’t know if Sen. Elizabeth Warren is going to be a candidate for president, but she sure sounded like it during last week’s visit to Greenfield Community College. “There was a time when our government viewed helping people pay for college as an investment,” Warren said during a press gaggle inside the college’s front door. “The idea was if you were willing … 0

Letter: Please immunize

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It is generally true that parents want what’s best for their children, and they want their children to be healthy and happy. How is it, then, that parents think they know more about achieving that than the doctors whom they entrust with their children’s care? To not immunize a child is to put her/him at risk for not only minor illness, like ear … 0

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Editorial: Snow days adding up for schools

Monday, February 23, 2015

By just about any measure, this year’s winter weather has been one for the record books. As communities continue efforts to dig out, one issue will linger long after the snow has finally melted away: making up lost school days. Already, school districts are eyeing the calendar to … 0

Newman/My Turn: His voice needs to be heard

Monday, February 23, 2015

United States government officials arrange for proxy jailers in a foreign country to arrest a man, who is then held incommunicado, interrogated and tortured. Although our government determines that the factual basis for its requested detention was wrong … 0

Letter: Weekend hours

Monday, February 23, 2015

If an Amtrak Quik-Trak machine was installed in the John W. Olver Transportation Center, or a human involved in helping to produce Amtrak riding authority, two or three more people a week might board The Vermonter train in Greenfield. But how about keeping those who have already ridden … 0

Letter: Subtraction by addition

Monday, February 23, 2015

As a server who has worked in Shelburne Falls for well over a decade, I can attest that the addition of yet another restaurant will do nothing to enhance the economic viability or character of the village. The numerous restaurants already established here struggle to remain open during … 0

Letter: To my water pipe rescue

Monday, February 23, 2015

I awakened on a recent morning to a mere trickle of water from my faucet. By mid-afternoon, thanks to Greenfield DPW, full service was restored. It is too easy to take our civil servants for granted. From my phone call to Judy at DPW at 7:15 a.m., to … 0

Editorial: Downing thinks out of the box

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: A tip of the hat to state Sen. Benjamin Downing, whose district includes a number of Franklin County towns, for thinking out of the box when it comes to money … 0

Blagg: Hot and cold on the mind

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I’ve been thinking a lot about heat recently — for obvious reasons. When I look at the windows of my 1852-vintage home, for example, I’m less likely to dwell on their lovely thin mullion sash windows than I am to consider the enormous amount of heat that I … 1

Letter: Setting record straight

Sunday, February 22, 2015

An open letter to Joe Maruca: Your report is very thorough and will be a helpful guide to Rowe’s Fire Department. I am pleased to hear that many of the goals have already been accomplished in the last five months thanks to the hard work and dedication of … 0

Editorial: Food stamps on the chopping block

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A food fight is again brewing in the hallways of Congress. Republicans in the U.S. House have again set their sights on trimming what they believe is fat in the federal budget, and the House Agriculture Committee is reportedly planning to begin a debate over reforming the Supplemental … 1

In the Arena: Leaf out of the pot playbook

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Someday — and that day may come sooner than you think — it will be legal to smoke a “joint,” a marijuana cigarette, while walking down Main Street in Greenfield or any other street in Massachusetts. It’s been … 1