Opinion

Editorial: Red Hawks leaving mark on volleyball

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Congratulations are definitely in order for the girls volleyball team from Frontier Regional School. The Red Hawks just completed another — for the fifth-straight year — state-championship winning season. Through the years, this has been about hard work and sacrifice on the part of the athletes, coaches and their families, and the … 0

Blagg: Reasons to be thankful

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Strictly speaking, we ought to be thankful throughout the year, taking time to appreciate good fortune whenever it occurs, and “smelling the roses” in our daily lives. Does it really take a special day? But, humans being humans, it’s often hard to stop, raise up and look around, and count our many blessings. I have plenty, as it happens, but can’t take credit … 0

Letter: All options

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Town officials are trying very hard to provide our community with fair and accurate information and we feel your staff has done the town of Whately a disservice with the article about the vote on facilitation at last Wednesday’s special town meeting. The second headline reads “Will hold meetings on Town Hall expansion.” This is repeated in the second paragraph. This creates the … 0

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Editorial: Mitigating weather trouble

Friday, November 14, 2014

Proactive or reactive? It’s a choice, but the former is usually the preferred method, especially when we’re talking about dealing with Mother Nature at her most destructive. So we’re glad to see a number of local communities taking the proactive approach to problems that they’ve seen before, but … 0

Letter: Let Lee speak

Friday, November 14, 2014

In a typically cynical move, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has canceled public hearings until Republicans gain control of Congress. In the meantime, the question voters have is, why is Susannah Lee silent on this subject? Will she respect the wishes of the overwhelming majority of her constituents, who … 0

Letter: On the landscape

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hey Mr. Carville, my Democrat brother (read socialist), if you love the beauty of solar panels and wind turbines so much, you need to visit my home state of Texas. You can drive for hundreds of miles in East Texas and see these awesomely behemoth oil rigs and … 0

Letter: Third-party candidates

Friday, November 14, 2014

Tim Blagg, in his column, “Third-Party Candidates” repeats the common mantra that minor party and independent candidates injure the major party that is closest to them ideologically. Although this idea is expressed frequently, it is wrong. Social science research contradicts it. Samuel Lubell, a pollster who became a … 0

Editorial: Obama’s right call on ‘net neutrality’

Thursday, November 13, 2014

President Barack Obama has called on the use of an old law to address a modern issue. Earlier this week, the president came out strongly in favor of leaving all “lanes” of the world’s Internet highway wide open … 0

In the Arena: Not your typical choice

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin has never been one to shy away from an “out of the box” political move, but His Honor may very well have blown the box apart with his recent hiring of an interim DPW superintendent. Martin announced this week that he has offered the … 0

Letter: All about money

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Great article on that pipeline. FYI: The environmental impact is totally being ignore by Kinder Morgan based on expenses. The original plans through North Reading was to follow existing high tension electric power line route. They even said that they wanted to “minimize environmental impact” by using those … 0

Letter: Not quite ready

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I hope that in one of his future columns, Chris Collins provides a fuller explanation for why he thinks that Dylan Korpita “made the case that he could play at that level” during his recent campaign. My impression, from the coverage and his campaign literature, is that Korpita … 0

Editorial: Baker can help western Mass.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Late last week, Charlie Baker, the governor-elect, visited western Massachusetts. Part of his message for residents outside the Route 128 and I-495 beltways concerned something of great importance — economic development. That talk included stressing the importance of higher education and technical training. “The idea is trying to … 0

Hazard/My Turn: Improving Northfield pumped water storage

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Is the Northfield Mountain pumped water storage system a good thing? With relicensing for the next 50 years of that facility on the horizon, and the request to increase the amount of water pumped on the table, there has been much debate on this topic. The need for … 0