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Editorial: Let them play

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Council’s decision making it harder for middle school athletes to compete on the varsity level this fall can be couched in all sorts of language about competition and integrity, of fairness and even gaming the system. Apparently missing from the conversation is consideration of the impact on the students themselves, both the middle-schoolers and their potential high school teammates. Here’s what has happened: The MIAC, one … 0

In the Arena: Election night disappointment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The only thing missing from Montague Town Hall on Monday night was a boom box playing a continuous loop of “Garden Party” by the late Ricky Nelson. Just as Nelson was booed out of Madison Square Garden on that fateful night in 1971, Montague Selectman Mark Fairbrother has been summarily dismissed by voters in one of the more decisive electoral skunkings in recent … 0

Letter: My Meadows view

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I agree with Priscilla Collins; Greenfield is a small rural town and income levels are low and we are paying the third-highest property tax rate in the state ($17.5 per $1,000). We are paying more than double or triple most other towns and cities our size. But I don’t agree with what Collins said about the wealthy homeowners in the area of the … 0

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Letter: Global warming crystal ball

Monday, May 18, 2015

William Gran’s my turn “Face the facts of climate change” seems to come from a magical global warming crystal ball all of these global warming alarmists use. As far as they are concerned, it’s all doom and gloom in the future. Meteorologists cannot even forecast the weather a … 0

Letter: Watch out for personal agendas

Monday, May 18, 2015

How unfortunate that some people have a personal agenda which seeks to stamp out WiredWest. These agendas include “look at me” and gaining customers for a business. To these ends, certain individuals have spread rumors and “misinformation” concerning WiredWest. The WiredWest plan will better serve the rural, sparsely … 0

Editorial: Montague lands on senior center option

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Building a possible senior center on the site of a former convenience store in Turners Falls sounds like a winning idea for Montague. The town has seen a number of … 0

MacDougall/My Turn: Antidote for hopelessness

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Each time I read a news story full of violence or chaos, I have a choice: I can feel defeated or I can remain hopeful. I opt for the latter by consistently witnessing people working on projects that transform lives. Compassionate action within community is the antidote to … 0

Letter: Bigger than diapers

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I decided to donate to the diaper drive after reading your May 6 article and was shocked to discover how expensive such an essential item cost: $11.99 for 18 diapers, 67 cents each for a product that surely costs pennies to produce. Shame on corporations raking in huge … 0

Letter: Ag Commission

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Greenfield Agricultural Commission is seeking new members who are interested in making sure that the prime farmland in town remains in production through owner use or lease. Many towns in Massachusetts have agricultural commissions, which help farmers looking for good land, increase or diversify their markets or … 0

Letter: My candidacy

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My name is Sarah Reynolds and I am running for Charlemont selectman on May 26 (voting is all day until 7 p.m. at Hawlemont school), I am doing so because I believe I can listen well to the town’s residents. I am a firm believer that an elected … 0

Editorial: Fix the ordinance wording

Friday, May 15, 2015

When it comes to banning plastic items in Greenfield, residents are seeing an example of the means justifying the end. In the end is that the right approach? We’re not sure. As reported in The Recorder, there is, in the opinion of the lawyer representing Greenfield, some trouble … 0

Potee/My Turn: The disease of addiction

Friday, May 15, 2015

Michael Botticelli, the White House drug czar, stood in front of an international gathering of 1,500 addiction doctors and said, “Let me tell you about the inmates at the Franklin County House of Corrections in Massachusetts.” He proceeded to discuss their recent column in this newspaper and their … 0

Letter: Keep Risky’s dream alive

Friday, May 15, 2015

On May 1, a ceremony was held at the GCC Downtown Center to honor Ethel “Risky” Case. More than 50 people came to celebrate her achievements. But, I could not help but think of the Shakespeare line “the good is oft interred with their bones.” Friends came forward … 0