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Honey Bees watch and feel the dance of a scout bee, center, who is communicating the location of pollen to the other bees the hive.

Editorial: The buzz surrounding pollinators in peril

Friday, May 22, 2015

Our Pioneer Valley, a region dotted with farms, orchards and fields, makes an idyllic vision, one that conjures up “the land of milk and honey,” words from the Old Testament. Those words can be taken quite literally since the region does provide much in the way of fresh dairy products, fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers and, yes, even honey. This bounty … 0

Healey/My Turn: Wrong direction with our forestry assets

Friday, May 22, 2015

If you head south in western Massachusetts on Interstate 91, every day, all day long, you will see hundreds of trucks filled with local logs going north, many to Canada and some to Europe and China. The trucks take thousands of jobs and economic opportunities for rural Massachusetts with them. Other states have done studies demonstrating that the ripple effect — if one … 0

Wilson/My Turn: To build a fire

Friday, May 22, 2015

What to do to honor the Earth? Burn brush. Why? According to my aesthetic, I like the woods around our house to be open and clear, like a park, but branches fall down every winter and picking them up takes quite a while. Sometimes trees fall and I like to get the hardwoods cut into stove lengths so I can carry them over … 0

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Kinder Morgan: Conn. economy would benefit from gas pipeline

Keith/My Turn: Played by the pipeline

Monday, May 18, 2015

As we have heard, Berkshire Gas spokesman Christopher Farrell is frustrated with pipeline opponents. To be fair, of all the local distribution companies in Massachusetts, Berkshire may have the most to gain from Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Direct (NED) Project. Berkshire Gas currently depends on Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas … 0

Letter: Hillary and the 1 percent

Monday, May 18, 2015

As she speaks of toppling the 1 percent, those that have supported her financially are made up of the 1 percent. So, is Hillary really out to bite the hand that feeds her? You answer that one. Another dog-and-pony show for the masses, while the 1 percent hold … 1

Letter: Sharing the road

Monday, May 18, 2015

Roads, with their bridges, drainage control (culverts), catch basins, manholes, fill, gravel, crushed stone, pavement, construction, etc., cost about a million dollars a mile, give or take. Some individuals think that this is their road! Did they pay the million dollars for one mile of road? We all … 0

Letter: Political change

Monday, May 18, 2015

Professor Gran’s op-ed described politicians ignoring climate change facts. He might have included some political science facts teaching readers how to induce politicians to change their positions. Professor Jon Krosnick (Stanford) reports: 80 percent of Americans agree the federal government should limit business and utility emissions. Krosnick never … 0

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