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Editorial: Many a garden grows

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Anyone familiar with Mother Goose knows the rhyme: Mary, Mary, quite contrary How does your garden grow? Mary’s answer was: With silver bells and cockleshells And pretty maids all in a row. Had ol’ Mother Goose put the question to Franklin County, however, the response would have been different and much more complex. Just about every imaginable size or configuration, flower to vegetable and everything in between ,are a big … 0

Simms/My Turn: Our climate reality

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On April 28, Cardinal Peter Turkson, released the following statement, “In our recklessness, we are traversing some of the planet’s most fundamental natural boundaries, and the lesson from the Garden of Eden still rings true today: pride, hubris, self-centeredness are always perilous, indeed destructive. The very technology that has brought great reward is … 0

Letter: Concert magic

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Greenfield Middle School was the site of an outstanding concert performance recently by the GHS band and chorus. The band was directed by Greenfield’s new music instructor, Liesel Keller, and assisted by local veteran music educators Maria Scotera (Greenfield Middle School) and Ted Wirt (Mohawk). The 17-member chorus sang two recognizable songs: “Seasons of Love” (“Rent”) and “Africa” (the band Toto). Two less … 0

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In the Arena: Election night disappointment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The only thing missing from Montague Town Hall on Monday night was a boom box playing a continuous loop of “Garden Party” by the late Ricky Nelson. Just as Nelson was booed out of Madison Square Garden on that fateful night in 1971, Montague Selectman Mark Fairbrother has … 0

Letter: My Meadows view

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I agree with Priscilla Collins; Greenfield is a small rural town and income levels are low and we are paying the third-highest property tax rate in the state ($17.5 per $1,000). We are paying more than double or triple most other towns and cities our size. But I … 0

Letter: Story focus

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Diane Broncaccio’s report about the Hawley annual Town Meeting (“Hawley voters OK amended recall, broadband articles,” May 13) devoted 16 of its 17 paragraphs to three articles that were added to the town warrant by petition. Two of these concerned WiredWest, one proposed a bylaw that would allow … 0

Letter: A place for all?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It was heartening to see the articles about the seniors talking to town officials about the services they want (although I am dubious with it being a “human rights issue”). We, as a community, should be having discussions about what extras we would like to fund. I will … 0

Editorial: Broadband expansion necessary

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Broadband Internet service has been characterized as the new electricity. Such service is an integral part of 21st century life, even for those small out-of-the-way communities in Massachusetts where it can seem that the number of back roads exceeds the number of residents The Federal Communications Commission put … 0

Newman/My Turn: Wedding hopes in the wings

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

No one at the rally on Main Street outside Northampton City Hall on the evening of Nov. 18, 2003, will forget that celebration. People hugged and cheered. Balloons floated. Signs were hoisted. Rainbow flags were waived. And Rachel Maddow spoke. Earlier that day, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court … 0

Benzaia/My Turn: Preschool plans create questions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As someone who has been working in the field of early education for nearly 20 years, no one has to convince me of the importance of a quality early-learning experience for a child. The Girls Club of Greenfield and its branches, Valley Play School and Camp Lion Knoll, … 0

Letter: Beyond Whately

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I also attended Whately’s annual town meeting and was shocked that the citizens of the town failed to vote “yes” to oppose the Tennessee Gas Pipeline. If one follows the deplorable safety record of the companies that have built these projects, how could you vote to support such … 0

Letter: We mustn’t forget

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Let’s not forget the true meaning of Memorial Day, a day of remembering those men and women who died while serving our country. To all veterans, please march or ride in this Memorial Day parade in remembrance of the sacrifices that were made. TOM TRAVIS Greenfield … 0

Editorial: Congress needs to alter Amtrak course

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Amtrak resumed service between Washington, D.C., and New York City Monday, along the Northeast Corridor/Trenton line, following the deadly crash outside of Philadelphia last week. Many questions remain as to why the train was traveling at more than 100 mph, twice the posted speed limit, when it hit … 0