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Editorial: Twists and turns with medical pot

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Massachusetts’ maiden foray into the world of state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries has been anything but smooth. Chalk it up to either state officials being completely caught off-guard when voters passed the ballot initiative calling for the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes or that, once again, state officials felt the need to re-invent the wheel instead of using someone else’s blueprint when it came to how to get such operations up and running. It’s not as if no other states offer some kind of model for Massachusetts to use or even completely duplicate. But the ongoing bumps in the road with this process don’t just … 0

Warren: We can do better

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Massachusetts has distinguished itself as a state with a strong and enduring commitment to environmental conservation, a commitment evidenced in the wetlands, forests, waters, and state and private conservation lands that run from our coastline to the Berkshires. The commonwealth is also a leader in developing clean energy and promoting energy efficiency. In … 0

Letter: Seen clearly

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I very rarely write letters to the editor, but felt compelled to do so at this time. It is with great sadness that Glen Nichols is closing his doors in Turners Falls. I went there to get my latest pair of glasses and was very happy with the service provided. Since I had a limited amount of money to spend, I asked him … 0

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Editorial: The slow pace to high-speed rail

Culleny: The song remains the same

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I read an essay recently by John Michael Greer in his blog, The Archdruid Report. It ends with this: “(now) I’ll … return to the ordinary business of chronicling the decline and fall of industrial civilization.” Ominously, the essay ends there after Greer has run through what he … 0

Letter: We need Susannah

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I have been involved in local politics for over 30 years. I have served on numerous volunteer committees, and have served as an elected precinct representative, selectman and School Committee member. I have even run for the same state-level office in 2010 for the 2nd Franklin District. I … 0

Editorial: The slow pace to high-speed rail

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Some regions of the Connecticut River Valley are becoming aware of the work being done to upgrade the railroad tracks that run from south to north through Northampton and Greenfield, in anticipation of increased Amtrak passenger train service. Part of the motivation behind the updates is to allow … 1

Giamberardino and Pieters: Strike out smokeless tobacco

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It’s something that’s too familiar. And, sadly, too often are the outcomes. During any major league baseball game, players can be seen with their cheeks extended and a dark fluid being spit out of their mouths. It’s a … 0

Letter: No pipeline needed

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Gov. Patrick has held closed-door meetings that propose a tariff to be levied on all electricity ratepayers in Massachusetts to finance an unnecessary, overbuilt, high-pressure, gas transmission pipeline all across the state of Massachusetts. This in addition to enlarged capacity on the existing pipeline in Southern Massachusetts. And … 1

Letter: Focus on Israel

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The following remarks from Sherrill Hogen’s July 28 piece caught my attention: “We must remember that it is Israel that has taken Palestinian land and occupied it with the force of arms.” I’m sure Ms. Hogen knows that Israel is not currently occupying Gaza, although it certainly is … 1

Editorial: Our strategic change in Iraq

Monday, August 11, 2014

In an effort to slow, or even reverse, the alarming expansion by Islamic militants from Syria into Iraq, Washington is directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces in the area. The Kurds, who proved to be able allies in the U.S. fight against Sunni insurgents during the Iraq War, … 0

Bos/My Turn: Not what I envisioned

Monday, August 11, 2014

Life in these United States has not turned out the way I thought it would. I never had hard and fast plans for how I would live my life. But I did have a set of expectations about … 0

Letter: Colrain Center musings

Monday, August 11, 2014

Years ago, Colrain Center was prosperous. Both churches were sanctuaries, people shopped locally, walking place to place, so two stores were busy, too. Also, the houses were large, which provided space for family businesses. Times change! People shop Wal-Mart! Recently, someone said, “The town center isn’t attracting people.” … 0

Letter: Sunday business

Monday, August 11, 2014

I am very saddened and disappointed by the recent law allowing liquor stores to open at 10 a.m. on Sundays. I am convinced that there would be a lot less problems if people filled their local churches on Sunday mornings instead of their local liquor stores ... God … 0