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Editorial: Trying again to ban plastics

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The latest effort to put a lid on plastic in Greenfield, thankfully, is no longer as big a grab bag of restrictions from a group of environmentally conscious residents. The ban proposed this time is focused on items too often found as part of the community’s litter or thrown in the trash. The big question still is whether this is the right approach for reducing plastic waste in Greenfield? Greenfield … 0

In the Arena: Center stage in Montague

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It looks like the “Mike Nelson era” on the Montague Board of Selectmen is finally about to begin. Some would argue that it actually began when “Mr. Sunshine,” as he is sometimes known, was elected to Pat Allen’s former seat with 85 percent of the vote. But there is a big difference between winning a seat at the table and driving a board’s … 0

Letter: Let’s change history

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Many of the points that were made by Randy Kehler in his My Turn “Pushing Back Against War”asked each of us to take action. Many of our national leaders recognize that military preparation and action is a waste of our limited resources. I liked Mr. Kehler’s analogy drawn from an old friend, “If you’re right-handed, the only way to teach your left hand … 0

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In the Arena: Building a reputation

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I no longer live in Greenfield, but if I did, Town Councilor Mark Maloni would get my vote every time. I don’t think I’ve ever said that about any elected town official before, but it’s a claim I make unabashedly, one that was reinforced after seeing and hearing … 0

Letter: War profiteering

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Regarding the story of waste in defense spending as exemplified by the high-altitude enhanced radar platform that has to date cost the U.S. taxpayers more money than a couple of dozen cutting-edge regional technical high schools, I’d like to point out that it, and many other programs, the … 0

Letter: Our valuable volunteers

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Even when you’re dying, there can be a lot of living to do. Hospice Volunteers make more special moments possible for the patients and families they serve every day. Across the U.S., more than 355,000 hospice volunteers give 16 million hours of service every year. Right here in … 0

Letter: School volunteers

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Greenfield Public Schools are fortunate to have both parents and community volunteers who share their time, skills and interests throughout the school year. Our volunteers provide students and teachers support as reading mentors, library assistants, pen pals, sports assistants, math tutors and much more. We have dedicated … 0

Editorial: Gov. Baker takes aim at regulations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A badge of honor or an unnecessary constraint? When the question involves state regulations that are tougher than corresponding federal rules, the answer depends on how you view regulations to begin with. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, like many Republicans, isn’t a fan of regulation, especially if those regulations … 0

Newman/My Turn: Fiction that rings too true

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

After almost 40 years as a civil rights attorney, nothing that law enforcement does to shred constitutional guarantees should surprise me. But a recent news report did in fact make me flinch. The Chicago police, America has learned, … 0

Letter: BFMC volunteers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

When I took a part-time job last year at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in the Volunteer Services Office, I had no idea how much it would open my eyes. I am a lifelong volunteer, since childhood when my mom pulled us into community service to help on projects … 0

Letter: Close ‘kill shelters’

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How would you feel to be an abandoned animal with no food or warmth? What is an abandoned animal? An abandoned animal is an animal that has been given up or the owner did not want it any more. Here is what happens to some abandoned animals: Sometimes … 0

Letter: HTS nuns

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Larry Jubb suggested a story on the nuns of Holy Trinity School. My fourth-grade nun, Sr. Patricia Thomas (O’Connor) is alive and well at the Mont Marie Health Care Center in Holyoke. She is 92 or 93 years old. She broke her hip last year but is alert … 0

Editorial: Discarded needles more than a nuisance

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

If the larger communities in Franklin County are seeing more syringes and needles discarded in parking lots, alleys and parks, it’s clearly, and sadly, a sign of the times. It’s a byproduct of the increased use of illegal drugs like heroin in our area, the potentially lethal litter … 0