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Opinion

Editorial: Saluting Orange’s plans

Friday, December 19, 2014

We’re glad to see that a group of nonprofit planners in Orange are working on the town’s waterfront, seeing it as one way to renewed regional prosperity. They envision an area paved with bike paths, boat launches and fully accessible public fishing piers — and are in the final stages of a deal with Erving Paper CEO Morris Housen for a low-cost lease of a seven-acre riverfront plot. The land … 0

Letter: Thanks, utility workers!

Friday, December 19, 2014

We would like to express our appreciation for the diligent effort put forth to restore power to the thousands of people who lost their electricity due to the storm on Nov. 26. Some of you come from as far as Canada and others from nearby. You had to work in hazardous conditions and cope with the cold and heavy falling snow, but that … 0

Letter: They should have been freed

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thank goodness for lawyers like Stewart “Buz” Eisenberg. After years of unpaid work and dedicated effort his last client has left our prison camp on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sometimes when the law fails, as it did in the case of the Guantanamo detainees, lawyers can only serve as witness to illegality and injustice. This is heartbreaking, frustrating work, but very important, not only … 0

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Letter: Study too expensive?

Monday, December 15, 2014

As a taxpayer in the town of Orange, I would like to know why a feasibility study for a new school will cost $490,000? Perhaps this is a reasonable cost but I suspect one reason there isn’t stronger support in the town for the new school is that … 0

Letter: New route no better

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Kinder Morgan, the Houston-based company that planned to install a $5 billion 36-inch, 127-mile pipeline from the border of New York to Dracut, announced Dec. 6 it will change part of the route through New Hampshire to bypass some 14 towns in central Massachusetts where opposition to the … 0

Letter: A community’s loss

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Oh Barbara, Oh Barbara, what have you done now? Barbara Tillmanns was my friend, a dear friend. I sure hope the Greenfield community realizes what she did for her community. The one where she put out plastic Easter eggs on The Common; the one where she decorated the … 0

Letter: Warren’s true self

Sunday, December 14, 2014

“Warren draws praise, ire in 1st 2 years in Senate” was the headline of a story on a Monday noting Elizabeth Warren’s two-year anniversary of being elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. I think the photographer who took the photo associated with the story captured her true … 0

Editorial: Put brakes on state decal plan

Friday, December 12, 2014

Decals on vehicles tell people all sorts of things. They make it OK to park in specific areas, they let the driver use the town dump and they let people know about a connection to a particular school or college. Now there’s legislation making its way through the … 0

Brown/My Turn: Brotherly invitation

Friday, December 12, 2014

Having grown up Jewish in New York City, I never dreamed in a million years to find myself marching in a procession under a starlit New Mexican sky toward a triple crucifix, one illuminated by bonfires and accompanied by a crowd of Hispanic men who belonged to an … 1

Letter: Hospice merger

Friday, December 12, 2014

I write you as a supporter of Hospice of Franklin County (HoFC). I was introduced to HoFC while witnessing the tender devotion this organization dedicated to a friend of mine in his final weeks. I joined the board several years ago and now serve as the treasurer. Hospice … 0

Letter: Sad approach

Friday, December 12, 2014

When I saw the article “Baker promises to get homeless out of hotels,” I thought, that’s kind of a heartless headline. I read the article to find out what our new Governor-elect proposes to do to help the unfortunate families living in Greenfield hotels, but I discovered that … 1

Editorial: Congress sells out public for more campaign cash

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Those brave enough to wade through the hundreds of pages of the $1.01 trillion congressional spending bill will find a lot of what is expected: taxpayer money aimed at the federal government and programs to keep things going … 0

In the Arena: She loved Greenfield

Thursday, December 11, 2014

She loved Greenfield more than the town sometimes loved itself. Those were the words that kept running through my mind this week as I tried to conjure up a fitting epitaph for former Greenfield Town Councilor Barbara Tillmanns, who passed away Sunday at the age of 72. “Barbara … 1