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Opinion

Editorial: New pipeline plan

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The mobilization of western and central Massachusetts residents in opposition to the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline plans has raised a number of valid questions. These have included the source of such gas (fracking, which raises a whole separate issue regarding the environmental impacts of this method of extracting) and whether this gas will be used to help meet the region’s energy needs or destined for export markets (that seems to … 0

In the Arena: Deja vu

Thursday, September 18, 2014

History does seem to have a way of repeating itself in local politics. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Montague, where reality is starting to take hold regarding the future — or lack of same — of the Strathmore Paper Company complex. “If something doesn’t happen soon, we’re going to have to … 0

Letter: Walk carefully!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A brief message to all pedestrians, especially those crossing with youngsters: Please do not jump out into travel lanes from between parked vehicles and assume that drivers have seen you. Pickup trucks; SUVs, delivery vans, even parked cars often shield you from our view! Please: Stop, Look and Listen! Take the one or two seconds from your day to ensure your safety and … 0

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Sea of tires

Editorial: History part of the vaccine picture

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

We are just a couple of days from saying goodbye to this year’s edition of the Franklin County Fair. By all accounts the thousands and thousands of men, women and children who entered the fairground gates had a terrific time. The fair is indeed where friends and family … 0

McIver/My Turn: Our health care direction

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In 2011, the governor’s office signed into law Sections 21-23 of Chapter 32B. These sections became known as the Municipal Health Reform Act. That same year, Mayor William Martin approached the Town Council and requested adoption of these sections in order to control rising health insurance costs. Town … 0

Letter: Homemade float

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Once again, the Franklin County Fair Parade was the main attraction on Federal and Main. What a great event. It was made even more special for my staff when we heard we won first prize for our carousel float. After hearing we won, I thought I should set … 0

Letter: He’ll be missed

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It was shocking news to hear of the passing of our founding member of MCTV: Tim Lindop. He was the first person you would see as you entered the selectmen’s meeting on Monday evenings in Turners Falls. If you recall, at the selectmen’s meeting on Aug. 11, Angela … 0

Letter: Improving school lunch

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

With the new school year, parents’ attention is turning to school lunches. Traditionally, USDA had used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. Children consumed animal fat and sugary drinks, to the point where one-third have became overweight or obese. … 0

Editorial: Punch that hits the NFL

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Professional football is a violent sport played by big and powerful athletes who are among the best at what they do. Fans admire — even celebrate — a player’s ability to withstand and hand out punishment. Outside the … 0

Moss/My Turn: Restoring a critical balance

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Welcome to the Third World! In imperialism’s heyday, we colonized other countries, other peoples, to plunder their riches for our enjoyment. Today, corporations colonize us. It’s called privatizing profits and socializing costs. For a fictionalized view of what it’s like to live under corporate hegemony, turn to Ishmael … 1

Letter: Safe bicycling

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Greenfield Area Bicycle Coalition’s cleanup of Turners Falls Road on Aug. 30. Officer Scott West of the Greenfield Police Department was on hand with his bicycle to direct traffic as we hand trimmed weeds left from the DPW mowing and … 0

Letter: Food for thought

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I am a senior at Four Rivers Public Charter School in Greenfield and have enjoyed my last five years of learning and growth in such an engaging and open environment. Its been an experienced unrivaled in importance in my life but it has not come without some difficulty … 0

Editorial: Pardoning Nixon: a 40-year view

Monday, September 8, 2014

On Monday, 40 years ago, U.S. President Gerald R. Ford did what many Americans at the time thought was out of line: He pardoned his predecessor, Richard M. Nixon. At the time, Ford’s decision, coming just a month after Nixon had resigned in disgrace following the unfolding of … 0