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Editorial: Making Greenfield more bicycle friendly

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It’s been more than a week since Greenfield announced it has created dedicated bicycle lanes for a long stretch of Federal Street. We don’t know if we are surprised or relieved, maybe both, that there have been no car/bike collisions while motorists learn to get by with less road along one of the town’s busier commercial arteries. But it’s a worthwhile learning curve. The bike lanes run from Silver Street … 0

Swinerton/My Turn: Here come the Clintons

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I agree with a recent letter suggesting that John Kasich from Ohio would be a very qualified candidate for president. He has experience both in Congress and as a governor. In a nationwide election, he’s from the all important state of Ohio. I believe also that Marco Rubio should be his running mate. … 0

Letter: Sorry they’re gone

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Recently, we lost one of our priceless blessings and an absolute gem in our area, Bruce’s Browser. Diane Lincoln and her team created an oasis to refresh our souls and our community. Whether enjoying a milkshake made by Mary, reading the fabulous bumper sticker collection, buying local artists’ and writers’ offerings, picking up cards or enjoying an evening in the back corner for … 0

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Letter: Democracy in action

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To all of the Greenfield citizens who attended the Appointments and Ordinance Committee meeting on May 11 and to those who spoke so powerfully and eloquently against the Mass Assembly Ordinance Proposal, which appeared to fringe upon our First Amendment rights: you make me even prouder to be … 0

Letter: Just a little cheating

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

So the Patriots got caught cheating again. It’s just a little cheating. Nothing major. Yes, they would have won the game anyway, which makes the cheating even more ludicrous. What is the lesson here? Some cheating is OK, but some cheating isn’t; such as in the case of … 1

Letter: Dump the Pump

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

On June 18, 2015, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and public transportation systems across the country will celebrate the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day. With the continued fluctuation of gas prices, everyone is looking for a way to save money. National Dump the Pump Day encourages … 1

Letter: Obstructed view

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

This morning I noticed a contradictory action. As you go north on Route 112 toward Shelburne Falls, there is a beautiful side hill hay field, which is so admired that the Franklin Land Trust accepted the development rights so the land would continually be open. Now next to … 0

Editorial: Trees should grow in Greenfield

Monday, May 18, 2015

For a community with a name like Greenfield and a decades-long heritage of environmental activism, it’s easy to understand the angst and anxiety caused when the town razes rows of neighborhood shade trees — and equally difficult to understand the town’s stingy ways when it comes to replacing … 0

Keith/My Turn: Played by the pipeline

Monday, May 18, 2015

As we have heard, Berkshire Gas spokesman Christopher Farrell is frustrated with pipeline opponents. To be fair, of all the local distribution companies in Massachusetts, Berkshire may have the most to gain from Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Direct (NED) Project. Berkshire Gas currently depends on Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas … 0

Letter: Hillary and the 1 percent

Monday, May 18, 2015

As she speaks of toppling the 1 percent, those that have supported her financially are made up of the 1 percent. So, is Hillary really out to bite the hand that feeds her? You answer that one. Another dog-and-pony show for the masses, while the 1 percent hold … 1

Letter: Sharing the road

Monday, May 18, 2015

Roads, with their bridges, drainage control (culverts), catch basins, manholes, fill, gravel, crushed stone, pavement, construction, etc., cost about a million dollars a mile, give or take. Some individuals think that this is their road! Did they pay the million dollars for one mile of road? We all … 0

Letter: Political change

Monday, May 18, 2015

Professor Gran’s op-ed described politicians ignoring climate change facts. He might have included some political science facts teaching readers how to induce politicians to change their positions. Professor Jon Krosnick (Stanford) reports: 80 percent of Americans agree the federal government should limit business and utility emissions. Krosnick never … 0

Letter: Global warming crystal ball

Monday, May 18, 2015

William Gran’s my turn “Face the facts of climate change” seems to come from a magical global warming crystal ball all of these global warming alarmists use. As far as they are concerned, it’s all doom and gloom in the future. Meteorologists cannot even forecast the weather a … 0