Opinion

Editorial: Right direction on North Quabbin

Monday, July 21, 2014

We know that some people driving from the eastern part of the state to the North Quabbin region probably look around appreciatively and think, to paraphrase Dorothy of Oz in her famous quote: “we’re not in Boston anymore.” The trick is to get visitors to realize that the appeal of the region is more than skin deep. Those living here are quite familiar with the natural beauty of the region … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Russia’s growing appetitie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Putin’s attempt to seize the Ukraine and his successful annexation of Crimea in part was provoked by June 27, the date that the European Union (EU), Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia had set for bringing these countries into a constructive long-term economic relationship with Europe. Leading up to this now-signed agreement in a recent … 0

Coli/My Turn: Hardly a compromise

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is a letter we sent to Rep. Kulik, and Sens. Downing and Dempsey in regard to a bill (H4185) pending in the Legislature. Gentlemen, My wife Norma and I would like to go on record concerning our disappointment with the recent release of H4185 (the so-called “compromise bill”) from the Joint Committee of Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy that Sen. Downing co-chairs. Our … 0

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Letter: New leadership

Monday, July 14, 2014

Greetings fellow Democrats! Well, the die has been cast, and the old is set (in other words signatures have been received and documentation has been submitted to official parties) of a change in officers (effective July 7) for the Greenfield Democratic Town Committee. They are: Douglas Mayo, chairperson; … 0

Editorial: Deadlocked Northfield vote

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: With a little more than 75 percent of the Northfield’s voters opting to stay home, a vital Proposition 2 1/2 override — one that directly affects the town’s children — … 0

Blagg: More meow than roar

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It was 1931, and the League of Nations, formed after World War I to “prevent wars through collective security and disarmament and settle international disputes through negotiation and arbitration,” was just a dozen years old. Since its formation, … 0

Editorial: Still waiting on the pot dispensaries

Friday, July 11, 2014

The state of New York just became the 23rd state to OK the use of medical marijuana. Is anyone taking bets on whether New York will be providing this form of relief to patients with cancer or other medical issues before a dispensary gets opened in Franklin County? … 0

Wentworth/My Turn: Meddling in the Ukraine

Friday, July 11, 2014

“The U.S. mainstream media portrays the Ukraine crisis as a case of Russian ‘imperialism,’ but the reality is that Moscow has been reacting to aggressive moves by Washington to expand NATO to Russia’s border in violation of a … 0

Letter: Humane treatement

Friday, July 11, 2014

Imagine a dog locked in a cage so small that he or she can barely move, much less turn around — day after day, month after month. We would be shocked to see a dog or cat treated this way and the pet’s owner would probably be charged … 0

Letter: Starting with Clinton

Friday, July 11, 2014

President Bill Clinton, speaking to the American people in 1998, said, “I want to explain why I have decided, with the unanimous recommendation of my national security team, to use force in Iraq, why we have acted now and what we aim to accomplish. “So we will pursue … 0

Editorial: An uncertain transformation

Thursday, July 10, 2014

When the day comes that Entergy shuts down the Vermont Yankee reactor in Vernon, Vt., it will mean an end of producing energy by nuclear fission there. But at the same time, it could be the beginning of transformation that may be more complex and hold a larger … 1

In the Arena: Every vote counts

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Still think your vote doesn’t count, newshounds? Try telling that to parents of students in the Pioneer Regional School District, where the budget has been thrown into limbo by Tuesday’s 262-262 tie vote that effectively kills the budget-balancing Proposition 21/2 override needed to ratify the Pioneer spending plan … 0

Letter: Don’t buy in

Thursday, July 10, 2014

$2.75 billion in taxes for What? That’s the estimated amount of the tariff on our electric bills to pay for Kinder Morgan Corp. to pass a fracked gas pipeline through the hills of Franklin County to Eastern Mass. It doesn’t seem right. Especially since: Our towns are forced … 0