Opinion

Editorial: Signs of spring

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Admit it: Even if you’re the most diehard fan of winter and just love skiing, snowmobiling or the frigid beauty nature creates with snow and ice, this winter has been a little taxing. All the snow and frigid temperatures have brought a renewed understanding of the term “cabin fever.” But with a record-breaking cold February receding from view, we can turn out attention to March and all that it has … 0

In the Arena: I don't see a discount store getting built in Greenfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It’s time to face the painful truth, Greenfield — you are never getting your discount retail department store. The running joke used to be that I would only believe Greenfield had a big-box retail store when I was shopping in it. Now, I’m not even prepared to go that far, especially in light of the recent state Appeals Court ruling that the Massachusetts … 4

Letter: ‘Supper for Six’ success

Thursday, March 5, 2015

On Feb. 10, Women’s Way an affiliate of United Way of Franklin County, hosted a special event “Supper for Six” at the Hampton Inn in Greenfield. Scores of area women attended this event, each bringing one or more reusable grocery bags filled with nonperishable food items. The idea was to provide meals for a day for a family of six. On a cold … 0

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In the Arena: I don't see a discount store getting built in Greenfield

If folks follow the history of these big box stores they are well aware that these places are death to local business,...(full comment)

In the Arena: I don't see a discount store getting built in Greenfield

Letter: I’d welcome lampreys

Sunday, March 1, 2015

It would be wonderful if, as Dick Starkey suggests in his letter of Feb 19, by installing fish ladders at the Green River dams we could bring lampreys and other native species back to the Green River. I believe it would be the humans checking out the lampreys, … 0

Editorial: Eyes on the road, not your phone

Friday, February 27, 2015

Just drive. That should be ingrained in the mind of anyone who has a cell phone when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Once that vehicle is moving, their focus has to be on the road. … 0

Letter: Information changes

Friday, February 27, 2015

Schooled in the 1940s and ’50s (Bement, Deerfield Academy and Yale University), young people were not bombarded, day and night, by TV and the Internet. Papers like yours and radio were the source of news. Today, I hold the “blurring” between information and “entertainment” (designed solely to build … 0

Letter: Response to barbarity

Friday, February 27, 2015

Egypt’s decisive response to the recent episode of barbarism by ISIL (aka. ISIS) terrorists, provides a good example of how this war must be fought, as well as sending a powerful message. When militants from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State”, (a title I would call a gross mischaracterization), brutally … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Letter: Doughnuts are calling

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dear Everyone: Go have an Adams Donuts — go buy some for friends, or the ER nurses, or your town clerk. Buy a dozen for a night at home, no, two dozen! Greenfield, Turners, Hilltowns — get thee to helping your neighbor! Ms. Brown has done a wonderful … 0

Letter: Meter shoveling

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I would like to know who is in charge of shoveling the snow around the parking meters and along the edge of the street as well as emptying the parking meters? I was on Main Street today and the snow was too deep for this old lady. I … 0

Editorial: Fourth-graders and GMS

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Greenfield public schools are once again looking for the right grade configuration for the Greenfield Middle School building. A special ad-hoc committee is expected to make a recommendation on what to do with the fourth grade. At issue is the question of whether fourth-graders should be housed in … 0