Opinion

Editorial: Keeping a crew close by

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the event making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re glad that as Western Massachusetts Electric Co. closes down its service center in Greenfield, it will be keeping six of its 20 employees close by. While the rest of the workforce will now be based out of its Hadley service center, four linemen, an electrician and a troubleshooter will work out … 0

Blagg: Before war was unleashed

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It was nearly 100 years ago next month that the opening salvos of the Great War thundered across the Belgian countryside — the Great Powers of the world were throwing their manpower and industrial might at each other in a titanic struggle that would change the world forever. What we now call the First World War would lead — directly and indirectly — … 0

Hogen/My Turn: The right question

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I appreciate Tim Blagg’s writing about Israel’s war on Gaza (July 21), because when respected members of our community talk about an issue, it makes us pay attention. However, I don’t think Blagg asks the best question, i.e., why many more Palestinians are dying than Israelis, nor can I quite agree with his answer. He says Hamas lacks the level of military technology … 0

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Letter: Help in making a difference

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This letter is to publicly thank several local people who have recently helped make a huge difference in the life of a child who is enrolled in our program here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County. “Little Sister” Abby and her “Big Sister” Melissa enjoy doing … 0

Letter: Agent Orange

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Thanks to Pat Hynes, director of Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, for her excellent article of July 8 about Agent Orange and America’s way of conducting the war in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Dow Chemical Company made a lot of money creating chemicals that are still poisoning … 1

Editorial: Our border problem

Friday, July 18, 2014

Americans, we have a problem. Thousands of children from south of our border are trying to enter the United States, some alone and some with adults, and our political gridlock is preventing the federal government from responding in … 0

Gran/My Turn: Climate change denial

Friday, July 18, 2014

Climate change denial represents the views of 3 percent of climate scientists, who deny Earth is warming and we are the cause through our fossil fuel emissions and deforestation. At the same time, such denial dismisses the views, and attempts to destroy the careers, of the 97 percent … 3

Letter: Connect the grid

Friday, July 18, 2014

Did you know that a portion of Massachusetts residents are being driven from their homes as the result of the Green Communities Act? Informed New England residents have an opportunity to prevent unprecedented damage to the earth. “Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid” is a definitive resource for … 0

Letter: Dispensary delays

Friday, July 18, 2014

The law commanded the agency to have at least one treatment center open and serving patients in each county by early last winter. The law is also explicit that until treatment centers are open, qualified patients with a recommendation or their designated caregiver registered with the department may … 1

Editorial: Dairy farming a tough job

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dairy farming in the Northeast has never been a get-rich-quick proposition. While plenty of parents — especially those with teenage boys — may say that milk is a staple in their homes, it turns out that milk consumption in the United States has been dropping. Milk’s rate of … 0

In the Arena: Holding a winning hand in pipeline poker?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It appears that state lawmakers have a “constitutional ace” they may be able to play in the ongoing political poker game surrounding a proposed natural gas pipeline across the state, including Franklin County. “Article 97” of the Massachusetts Constitution mandates that any land with a conservation restriction — … 0

Letter: Pipeline resistance

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I think Mayor William Martin, Gov. Deval Patrick and other professional politicians are too quick to accept offers of “economic renewal” from any proposed gas pipeline company of which Kinder Morgan is only one. Extreme vigilance is needed by all of us who reside in western Mass. (and … 0

Smith/My Turn: Dr. Seuss, is it?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dear Dr. Seuss, First of all, are you really a doctor? Because if you are I have this thing growing on my pinky toe. It’s a little bit crusty and looks kind of like a baby carrot. If one were to grow a sixth toe wouldn’t that happen … 0