Opinion

Editorial: Virtual school, state remain at odds

Friday, October 24, 2014

Learning that state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester is not happy with how the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is performing doesn’t come as a shock. The backstory on the relationship between the online school and the state has been complicated from the very beginning. Just how much those past disagreements are playing into the present is anyone’s guess. Chester has recommended that the GCVS be placed on a 20-month probation, … 0

Letter: Orwell sums it up

Friday, October 24, 2014

Citizens of Greenfield, MA, USA: Congratulations on your new, 24/7 surveillance cameras overlooking the village square. You are well on your way to becoming a safe community. Thank goodness you had the foresight to build a constabulary far from the town center, lest all that expensive homeland security gear might be vulnerable to graffiti, broken lights and other assorted acts of vandalism. That … 0

Letter: Fossil fuels divestment

Friday, October 24, 2014

Climate activist and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy counsels that it is imperative to celebrate any step we make in contributing to the well-being of our world. Certainly many steps were taken by the over 400,000 people, including many from the Greenfield area, who participated in the Peoples’ Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21 very quickly that the steps they took mattered. … 0

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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 … 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 … 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. … 0

Letter: No way to go

Monday, October 20, 2014

I must take issue with the assertion in your editorial of Oct. 15 that indexing the gasoline tax to inflation amounts to “taxation without representation.” Are you arguing that the sales tax is “taxation without representation?” Is the income tax “taxation without representation?” You don’t seem to be … 0

Letter: Andrews works for us

Monday, October 20, 2014

Since becoming involved with a statewide network advocating for legislation to address the foreclosure crisis, I have learned that there are two types of legislators. One passes laws that favor big banks. The other stands up to big banks and passes laws that protect homeowners. The 2nd Franklin … 0

Editorial: WIC change a good one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: It’s good to see the Commonwealth of Massachusetts moving to a debit-card system for those who get nutritional help through the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and … 0

Blagg: Reporting’s risks

Sunday, October 19, 2014

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press BAGHDAD — Militants unleashed a wave of attacks on Thursday targeting Shiite areas in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing at least 38 people and wounding dozens, officials said. The deadliest attack took place when two parked car-bombs exploded simultaneously in a commercial … 0

Letter: Benefiting others

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Monday, Oct. 6, I was privileged to take part in a fundraiser event at the restaurant Hope and Olive in Greenfield. This particular event night benefited the nonprofit Diggity Service Dogs, which trains and places rescued dogs as assistive service dogs for psychiatric purposes. Everything about the evening … 0

Letter: Re-elect Kulik

Sunday, October 19, 2014

We, in the 1st Franklin District are fortunate to have Steve Kulik as our representative. Steve has held this seat because he has a consistent record of voting in the House in support of the people in our district. He’s stood for workers rights, supported union contracts for … 0

Letter: What’s the deal?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Michael Egan’s letter to the editor of Oct. 9 states, if I’m reading it correctly, that the present legislation for casinos allows them to serve free or reduced price alcoholic beverages! This should be looked into. If it is true, who wrote the legislation that facilitates drunk driving, … 0