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Opinion

Editorial: Expand the bottle bill

Monday, October 20, 2014

For the past 32 years, Massachusetts has had a 5-cent deposit on soda and beer bottles and cans. Compare then to now and you would see a significant difference along our sidewalks, roads and public spaces — it’s a cleaner landscape that has many fewer discarded soda and beer cans. In the past three-plus decades, however, the single-serve beverage landscape has changed dramatically. Sports drinks, iced coffees and teas, vitamin … 0

Green/My Turn: So you’ll know the score

Monday, October 20, 2014

My name is Rick Green and I am the chairman of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, also known as MassFiscal or MFA. MassFiscal is a grassroots organization of over 350 Massachusetts businesspeople, including Democrats, Independents and Republicans. In early August, we began to educate voters by sending direct mail to over 20 legislative districts. The reaction of legislators to having their voting records made … 0

Letter: Autumn fun

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Hicks Family Farm corn maze is such a wonderful addition to the colorful autumn festivities in western Massachusetts. While strolling through the maze, one appreciates the endless entertainment that abounds for all ages as well as the educational and informative tidbits of trivia and very amusing jokes. I am sure that those who have experienced the maze recognize and value all the … 0

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Letter: History of ‘the flip’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

First and foremost a thank you to Trish Crapo for her lovely article about our wonderful restaurants and how we find inspiration for the delicious cocktails we serve. I would like the opportunity to clarify my comments about the history on the “flip” cocktail. The flip first appeared … 0

Letter: Our card project

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

For the last 11 years, we have been sending Christmas cards to the Wounded Warriors. We asked many people to help us in this project. We needed someone to write on our card — fire departments, police departments, workers from Staples, Dunkin Donuts, people on the street, VFW, … 0

Editorial: Say ‘yes’ to repeal on Question 1

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Questions about the gas tax in Massachusetts — Is it too high? Too low? How should it be used? — are touchy issues. Many complain about what the tax does to the price of gas and whether it should be dedicated only to upkeep of our roads and … 1

Barbarism's rationale

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What’s with ISIS? ISIS is the latest diabolical monster to come down the human pike: irrational, brutal and bloodthirsty, faux-pious, faux-devout. But ISIS is really nothing more than another instance of what humans do to humans —another historic example of what humans are, in part, about. There’s nothing … 0

Letter: Competing visions

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I attended the Center Village Master Planning meeting held Sept. 28, with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments presiding. I did NOT have their report to read before the meeting. (FRCOG held a visioning session on June 30, 2013, 20 people attended.) The FRCOG Center Village Master Plan … 1

Letter: Vote for Dylan

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Vote for change — Dylan Korpita. If you feel the political system is broken and desire change — VOTE FOR DYLAN! We need to encourage more young people without agendas to be engaged in our political system. Dylan is 35, a native of Deerfield and is running for … 0

Editorial: Let Biden speak

Monday, October 13, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden has been getting a bum rap. Too often, after making an appearance or speech before some segment of the American public, the press and Biden’s critics are quick to characterize what he said as … 0

Bean/My Turn: Sleepless in Conway

Monday, October 13, 2014

After Conway’s special town meeting, I had a hard time falling asleep. I was excited to see such a large attendance — 231 voters — and proud that so many folks showed up. The Garage Committee and Selectboard had worked hard that evening to present their case for … 0

Letter: A hard fix

Monday, October 13, 2014

If I may draw a comparison to an old children’s fable, “Humpty Dumpty,” we and some Sunni Arab nations are attempting to put the Middle East back together again after the fall of Baghdad in 2003. The Sunni population will never be comfortable in the Iranian takeover of … 0

Letter: Estate sale warning

Monday, October 13, 2014

I am writing to let you all know please be aware. I had an estate sale on Saturday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 5, in Northfield due to the passing of a family member. There was an overwhelming response that I never expected. I had over 200 people … 0