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Editorial: Preventing copycat killers requires several steps

Monday, October 12, 2015

After a 26-year-old man killed nine people at the Oregon community college he attended, people alarmed by the prospect of copycat killers called on the media to minimize — or eliminate altogether — use of the killer’s name and image. They make a point. But let’s take care not to let it obscure other measures — particularly making it harder for mentally unstable people to get firearms — that could … 0

Hynes/My Turn: The push for un-natural gas

Monday, October 12, 2015

All that glitters is not gold. Take, for example, the word “natural.” Two-thirds of Americans wrongly think the word “natural” on a food label means it contains no artificial ingredients, pesticides or genetically engineered organisms, and no hormones or antibiotics in the case of meat, a 2014 Consumer Reports survey reports. “Natural” is conflated with “safe and clean.” Analogously, we universally refer to … 0

Letter: Get behind Mass

Monday, October 12, 2015

Last year, Isaac Mass was endorsed by over three dozen former town councilors. He also had the ednorsement of both mayors Forgey and Martin. Finally, he had the endorsements of former Selectmen Peter Ruggeri, John Mackin, Joe Laurie, James Fotopoulos, Tim Farrell and Bill Allen. As a state employee at the time, I did not feel I could speak up. Now that I … 0

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Editorial: Unity Park living up to its name

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: When thinking about public parks, many of us don’t often think about accessibility and how people with disabilities might not be able to enjoy what’s available. That certainly can’t be … 0

Gran/My Turn: Continuing to feel the heat

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A recent study concludes 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the current internationally accepted “safe” limit for global warming above preindustrial temperature, is “highly dangerous” and requires “emergency cooperation among nations” to avoid. Lead author James Hansen, formerly … 2

Letter: The Mohawk team

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Mohawk Trail School Regional School District recently elected me, Kirby (Lark) Thwing, as its new chair and Martha Thurber as vice chair. I replace Robert Aeschback, chair for the last 10 years, who has moved from the district. As I assume this post, I think it’s appropriate … 0

Letter: Pope got me thinking

Sunday, October 4, 2015

As I watched Pope Francis on his way to the festival of families, I wrote down these thoughts: It seems to me there are so many different opinions in this world of ours that it is difficult to come to agreement on almost any issue. We must learn … 0

Letter: Nunez fits the bill

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Like Chris Collins (In the Arena, Sept. 24), I am dismayed to see that two of the candidates running for the School Committee seats decided not to participate in the scheduled debate. The job of School Committee member takes tenacity, eloquence, curiosity and courage. I want to highlight … 0

Editorial: Keep increasing composting

Friday, October 2, 2015

You don’t have to convince us about the benefits of composting. Getting food waste, soiled paper plates, cups and napkins out of the stream that would otherwise be headed to some incinerator or landfill makes sound economic sense for any number of Franklin County communities. According to the … 0

Letter: Backing McMillan

Friday, October 2, 2015

I strongly support Jesse McMillan as a candidate for Greenfield School Committee. This energetic young professional is a graduate of the Greenfield school system and is now a public school teacher in Pittsfield. Even when he was a young teen, Jesse showed obvious potential and a willingness to … 0

Editorial: Greenfield election on horizon

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Greenfield’s voters will have a unique opportunity next month. On Nov. 3, residents head to the polls at Greenfield High School to essentially make over their local government. A change in the town’s charter has put every seat on every elected board before the voters this fall. Voters … 0

In the Arena: Clearing the air

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It always amazes me how people can attend the same meeting and come out with a completely different version of what happened. The latest example occurred this week following a Greenfield Town Council subcommittee forum on home wood stoves and chimneys. The Monday night gathering was billed as … 0

Letter: Stop Kinder Morgan

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It was so good to see a seventh-grader voice his opinion about the pipeline. We have to get more teens interested in this topic because they are the ones who will be raising their families here. They have to understand that if the pipeline does go through the … 0