Opinion

Editorial: Hunger hits higher education

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Americans are becoming more and more aware of the increasing price tag associated with higher education. Much of the focus recently has been on the heavy albatross of debt that can hang around students’ necks once they earn their diploma. In recent weeks, though, there have been some disturbing stories published about another potential impact that the cost of college … 0

In the Arena: Surprising primary

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The votes have been counted in Tuesday’s Greenfield Precinct 5 Town Council primary and I’m not sure anyone quite expected the final outcome — including the top vote-getter. “I really didn’t expect to finish first,” candidate Penny Ricketts said. “This precinct scared me a little bit, and I don’t know what swayed people to vote for me, but I didn’t expect to do … 0

Letter: Clinging to dollar bill

Thursday, April 17, 2014

In his recent piece, “Shortchanging dollar coin” on April 7, editor Tim Blagg is exactly right about America’s clinging to the one dollar bill — we’re far behind the rest of the world, and will continue to lose out on billions in savings unless we transition from the dollar bill to the dollar coin. We stand arm in arm with Botswana and Argentina … 0

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Letter: Money-saving vote

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Greenfield could save $4,000 if we had Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) also known as Ranked Choice Voting. On April 15, there will be a Precinct 5 preliminary election to narrow the field of three council candidates down to two. With IRV, we could avoid the preliminary election and … 0

Editorial: Not buying Ryan’s budget

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What does it say that Rep. Paul Ryan, the budget guru for the Republican-controlled U.S. House, keeps trying to sell the nation on a spending plan that would leave many Americans — too many Americans — out in … 0

In the Arena: Was it something I said?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

From the “no good deed ever goes unpunished” file, the voters of Greenfield’s Precinct 5 will head into next week’s primary election without getting to see its three Town Council candidates debate the issues. A televised debate had been scheduled at the Greenfield Community Television studio, but was … 0

Letter: The Erving election

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I wish to support Bill Pease for the current Board of Selectmen position. I have lived all of my life and I have been a business owner for over 34 years in the Town of Erving. I feel the Board of Selectmen and town government in general needs … 0

Letter: Wainstein clear choice

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Respected local attorney Rob Wainstein is running to represent Precinct 5 on the Town Council. Of the three candidates on the primary ballot on April 15, Rob is my clear choice. Rob’s calm demeanor, levelheadedness and diplomatic skill will serve the interests of our town well, as the … 0

Letter: He’s got my vote

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I will be voting for Rob Wainstein on April 15 for Precinct 5 town councilor. Rob is dedicated to our helping our community move forward. He has good ideas about how Greenfield can benefit from the return of passenger trains with opportunities for spin-off economic development. His professional … 0

Editorial: Improving legal responses to domestic abuse

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Privilege, fame and wealth are not supposed to influence the American justice system. That’s the idea behind the concept of “blind justice,” where treatment under the law is supposed to be without fear or favor. In the real world, unfortunately, justice does sometimes peek from under her blindfold … 0

Letter: My candidacy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My name is Penny Ricketts and I would like your vote on April 15 Precinct 5 voters. I’m very lucky to have the diversity of Bingville, Highland Avenue, Maple Street, Deerfield Street, Orchard Street and the Highrise to name a few. It’s exciting and a big job to … 0

Letter: Lyford wants to serve

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

As firefighters, we take an oath to serve and protect the citizens of Greenfield. John Lyford did just that for 26 years. We know what it takes it serve our citizens. John is a retired firefighter and wants to continue that oath by serving you as your next … 1

Letter: We need her

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Penny Ricketts would be a tremendous asset on the Greenfield Town Council. I am happy to support her candidacy as my rep for Precinct 5. I first met Penny when we moved to town in 1997. In those 16 years, I have really come to admire her tenacity … 0