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Opinion

Editorial: Don’t shield domestic abusers

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Massachusetts’ new domestic violence law, considered sweeping in scope, should be a strong disincentive for such acts of abuse. But the law shouldn’t have the unintended consequence of providing abusers cover for their actions. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what is happening today, as police departments across the state are being forced to edit their daily logs to excise the identification of those charged with abuse and their victims from the record … 0

Wilson/My Turn: Our imprint on this mess

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

As the British demonstrated in the Battle of Britain in 1940 and Americans demonstrated after 9/11, people do not like being bombed. In January of 1991, we bombed Iraq for five weeks, destroying much of the infrastructure of their well-developed country. After the quick conquest of Iraq after the bombing, we imposed an … 0

Letter: Pipeline alternatives

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

We the people, citizens and voters, need to sign petitions telling the six governors of New England to reduce the cost of our electricity by using alternative power sources instead of the Kinder Morgan gas pipeline. How much power can we generate by placing solar units all along Interstate 91 and any other four-lane highways in New England? Also, the power companies have … 0

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Letter: Homemade float

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Once again, the Franklin County Fair Parade was the main attraction on Federal and Main. What a great event. It was made even more special for my staff when we heard we won first prize for our carousel float. After hearing we won, I thought I should set … 0

Letter: He’ll be missed

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It was shocking news to hear of the passing of our founding member of MCTV: Tim Lindop. He was the first person you would see as you entered the selectmen’s meeting on Monday evenings in Turners Falls. If you recall, at the selectmen’s meeting on Aug. 11, Angela … 0

Letter: Improving school lunch

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

With the new school year, parents’ attention is turning to school lunches. Traditionally, USDA had used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. Children consumed animal fat and sugary drinks, to the point where one-third have became overweight or obese. … 0

Editorial: Punch that hits the NFL

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Professional football is a violent sport played by big and powerful athletes who are among the best at what they do. Fans admire — even celebrate — a player’s ability to withstand and hand out punishment. Outside the … 0

Moss/My Turn: Restoring a critical balance

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Welcome to the Third World! In imperialism’s heyday, we colonized other countries, other peoples, to plunder their riches for our enjoyment. Today, corporations colonize us. It’s called privatizing profits and socializing costs. For a fictionalized view of what it’s like to live under corporate hegemony, turn to Ishmael … 1

Letter: Safe bicycling

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Greenfield Area Bicycle Coalition’s cleanup of Turners Falls Road on Aug. 30. Officer Scott West of the Greenfield Police Department was on hand with his bicycle to direct traffic as we hand trimmed weeds left from the DPW mowing and … 0

Letter: Food for thought

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I am a senior at Four Rivers Public Charter School in Greenfield and have enjoyed my last five years of learning and growth in such an engaging and open environment. Its been an experienced unrivaled in importance in my life but it has not come without some difficulty … 0

Editorial: Pardoning Nixon: a 40-year view

Monday, September 8, 2014

On Monday, 40 years ago, U.S. President Gerald R. Ford did what many Americans at the time thought was out of line: He pardoned his predecessor, Richard M. Nixon. At the time, Ford’s decision, coming just a month after Nixon had resigned in disgrace following the unfolding of … 0

Culleny: Justice only for some

Monday, September 8, 2014

There’s are good and prudent reasons not to have armies policing citizens; they have to do with issues of function and mental attitude. A police force is established to protect citizens against lawbreakers, armies are created to fight … 0

Letter: Home energy savings

Monday, September 8, 2014

You can counter the proposed gas pipeline by reducing your home energy consumption. Heating accounts for over 60 percent of U.S. residential natural gas consumption; appliances, electronics and lighting use 35 percent of home energy. The more our collective energy consumption goes down, the less likely the need … 0