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Editorial: Boiler switch puts heat on Mohawk

Friday, February 5, 2016

The air certainly hasn’t cleared regarding a switch to wood pellet boilers at Mohawk Trail Regional School. Both proponents of the proposal that would switch the building’s heating system from propane-powered boilers to a pellet-fired system and opponents have made their cases looking at both the local picture and a broader one. Each side also attempts to stake out environmental/green turf in order to win the argument. And if the … 1

Mark/My Turn: Pardon Leonard Peltier

Friday, February 5, 2016

Leonard Peltier has been confined in prison for more than 40 years. He was charged with the shooting-death of two FBI agents, Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, in the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. However, the facts around his case show a dismal miscarriage of justice. It looks like the only way Leonard Peltier will be free to go home to friends and … 2

Letter: Making a healthy choice

Friday, February 5, 2016

Thanks for highlighting the serious toll that diabetes takes on the health of people in Franklin County and for drawing attention to the excellent work that the YMCA is doing in partnership with the Community Health Center and others to reduce the impact of this disease. The best part of the Diabetes Prevention Program is not that the Y offers classes — as … 0

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I've had the same thoughts about the need for President Obama pardoning Leonard Pelletier. Let's hope he has the courage to do...(full comment)

Mark/My Turn: Pardon Leonard Peltier

Wood boilers are a significant in Europe because it is considered carbon-neutral and thereby contributes to attempts to reduce green house gas...(full comment)

Editorial: Boiler switch puts heat on Mohawk

Editorial: Opportunity for a ‘community” center in Greenfield

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

In deciding to build a new senior center on the former Davis Street School site, Greenfield officials were focused first and foremost on the needs of a specific segment of residents. Officials want to provide seniors with a … 0

Letter: Council behavior

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I am writing in regard to Chris Collins’ “Rocky start for leadership: Outcry over Town Council assignments” article (Jan. 8) As Chris points out, “politics is a game of perception,” and I must admit that after reading the earlier article on council appointments, talking to some residents and … 0

Letter: Dismantling WMUA

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A beautiful tree has flourished in the valley. The community has fed and cherished this tree. Children come and go. Many climb its branches for the many views of the valley. They all listen to the various songs and voices from this tree. This tree is the radio … 1

Letter: The problem within

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Greed is one of the seven deadly sins. Superintendent Buoniconti of Mohawk Regional School District has parlayed Mohawk’s budget into a very deep money pit, one which cannot survive without more and more cash. Member towns have handed over to Mohawk the lion’s share of their small-town revenue … 0

Letter: Legalized theft

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I received a check for $25 drawn on the Bank of America from the University of Massachusetts for being a participant in a doctoral study program. I tried to cash this check at the Bank of America in Greenfield and was told they would have to charge me … 0

Letter: Slavery built on lies

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The institution of slavery, at least in modern times, depended on the rationalization that humanity is divided by separate “races”; “true humans” and “subhumans.” Also utilized by Hitler, this lie enabled some people to justify calling themselves “master” and subjucate others. Au contraire, mon freres. We are one … 0

Letter: Oh those Clintons

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton sent an old frail guy with a big red nose out on the campaign trail. Oh wait, that’s her impeached hubby! For those of you too young to remember, Democratic President Bill Clinton lied his way through two terms in office in the 1990s. It was … 2

Editorial: Two who proved good fit for Sunderland

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Public service requires a good fit between the employees, departments and their communities for it to work. Helping to create that good fit, particularly with police and fire departments, is a desire to do the best by the people you work with and for. It means never losing … 0

Fraser/My Turn: His was a life of service

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

“The people shall have the right to clean air and water, freedom from excessive and unnecessary noise, and the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic qualities of their environment …” — Robert D. Wetmore That excerpt is from the … 0

Letter: Rating show

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Recalling the first GOP debate upon which Fox News commentator/moderator Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump had a verbal confrontation over Q-and-A segment of the debate in which Trump later tweeted slanderous remarks calling Megyn a “bimbo” and other inappropriate labeling. To Megyn’s defense, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes … 0