Opinion

Editorial: Dalai Lama’s message perseveres

Friday, April 24, 2015

When the Dalai Lama visits the Pioneer Valley in late October, college students and fortunate members of the public will get the chance to hear from a man for whom patience, compassion and joy are not abstract notions. For him and his followers, they are the keys to fulfillment and, in some cases, survival. The exiled religious leader of Tibet has scheduled appearances at Smith College on Oct. 23, Amherst … 0

Culleny: The fire in the brain

Friday, April 24, 2015

When I commented on two online photos that compared youth activities in the 1970s (guitar playing/singing) to those today (screen viewing/texting), I got in trouble with a younger friend who accused me of judging the first to be superior to the second. He said he was tired of older people whining about how it is now compared to how it was. He had … 0

Letter: FDR’s tax push

Friday, April 24, 2015

History on the progressive side praises almost without end FDR’s accomplishments in implementing social programs. It is possible that he would not have done it if the labor movement leaders had not made him realize the political reality if he did not. The story goes that the labor leaders had a few meeting with him and made it clear that they represented millions … 0

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Editorial: This year’s House budget entry

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The House’s state budget proposal giveth and taketh away. For Franklin County communities, this means restoring money for regional school busing to cover approximately 70 percent of the cost. Also, … 0

My Turn: The heroin trail to jail

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Editor’s note: This My Turn column was submitted by Revan Schendler, who teaches a class through Greenfield Community College at the Franklin County jail on the sociology of crime and punishment, and facilitates a weekly discussion group, and Kerry Williamson on behalf of residents at the Franklin County … 0

Letter: Where are we headed?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

We are Teens in Action — a group of teenagers who live at Leyden Woods in Greenfield. We have been watching the news about shootings and riots and we are very concerned. We also recently celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. These are things we talk about at … 0

Editorial: United Way helps make it happen

Friday, April 17, 2015

Area residents will see plenty of familiar names in scanning the list of the 26 partner agencies that are supported by the United Way of Franklin County. These local nonprofits provide programs and services where the goal is to help those struggling when it comes to food, literacy, … 0

Letter: He deserves better

Friday, April 17, 2015

I was going to write an article about a month ago praising Dr. Alan Graichen of Baystate Deerfield Adult Medicine but time got away from me. I have been a patient of Dr. Alan Graichen’s for over 20 years. He is knowledgeable, compassionate, a good listener and has … 0

Letter: Support a senior center

Friday, April 17, 2015

Are you a senior? If not, I hope you will be some day. Around 4,000 Greenfield residents have already reached that milestone. We are asking the community to support our wish for a much-needed new senior center. We’ve heard promises of a new center for years. We still … 0

Letter: Short-changing input

Friday, April 17, 2015

Frontier Regional School District now has a new schedule for the school year beginning in the fall, voted on by the joint School Committee April 9. The plan calls for early dismissal on most Fridays by 1½ hours, with a 10-minute extension to the other days. The idea … 0

Letter: Shocking? Shouldn’t be

Friday, April 17, 2015

Why is everyone so incredulous at the dramatic price increase of their electric bills this past winter? Why are you shocked when natural gas moratoriums on new hookups were decreed in western Massachusetts? My answer, “you reap what you sow.” According to a U.S. Energy Information Administration (www.eia.gov) … 0

Letter Federal guinea pigs

Friday, April 17, 2015

This week is the anniversary week for the introduction of the Salk Polio Vaccine into our public schools. My father objected to my being inoculated with a live virus refused to sign a permission slip allowing the public school to conduct an experiment on his son. As his … 0

Letter: New ‘Captain Planet’

Friday, April 17, 2015

New ‘Captain Planet’ Al Gore seems to be MIA and we have a new “Captain Planet” making the rounds in the news circuit his name is Barack Obama. He recently stated that global warming “can induce greater incidence of asthma” and it became personal to him because his … 0