Opinion

Editorial: Frontier board should back off

Monday, April 27, 2015

Things are a little topsy-turvy at Frontier Regional School these days. Normally we would applaud a school committee that takes the lead on tough decisions — like if and how to trim spending in tough economic times — rather than simply following the recommendation of a hired administrator. But not this time. Last month, a majority of the Frontier Regional School Committee, confronted by flesh and blood people who would … 0

Hollins/My Turn: Vital to LGBTQ students

Monday, April 27, 2015

In every public school today, some students have well-developed or emerging LGBTQ identities (LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning). Sometimes navigating this identity is clear, supported and comfortable. Sometimes the identity path includes confusion and fear. Based on recommendations by the Massachusetts Commission for LGBTQ Youth, the State Board of Education voted unanimously last month to adopt updated … 0

Letter: Update ADA plans

Monday, April 27, 2015

It’s imperative each town update their ADA transition plan, this includes a specific document for ADA for all town buildings: goals and objectives. I believe there is strong interest and demonstrations to comply. But all stakeholders — schools, town officials, mayors, town planners, senior centers, etc. — are responsible to update this specific mandated ADA plan. BETTY TEGEL Greenfield … 0

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Letter: Off topic

Monday, April 20, 2015

Anyone who brings God or Al Gore into the debate about climate change clearly doesn’t understand science. CATHY GOUCH Greenfield … 0

Editorial: This year’s House budget entry

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The House’s state budget proposal giveth and taketh away. For Franklin County communities, this means restoring money for regional school busing to cover approximately 70 percent of the cost. Also, … 0

My Turn: The heroin trail to jail

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Editor’s note: This My Turn column was submitted by Revan Schendler, who teaches a class through Greenfield Community College at the Franklin County jail on the sociology of crime and punishment, and facilitates a weekly discussion group, and Kerry Williamson on behalf of residents at the Franklin County … 0

Letter: Where are we headed?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

We are Teens in Action — a group of teenagers who live at Leyden Woods in Greenfield. We have been watching the news about shootings and riots and we are very concerned. We also recently celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. These are things we talk about at … 0

Editorial: United Way helps make it happen

Friday, April 17, 2015

Area residents will see plenty of familiar names in scanning the list of the 26 partner agencies that are supported by the United Way of Franklin County. These local nonprofits provide programs and services where the goal is to help those struggling when it comes to food, literacy, … 0

Letter: He deserves better

Friday, April 17, 2015

I was going to write an article about a month ago praising Dr. Alan Graichen of Baystate Deerfield Adult Medicine but time got away from me. I have been a patient of Dr. Alan Graichen’s for over 20 years. He is knowledgeable, compassionate, a good listener and has … 0

Letter: Support a senior center

Friday, April 17, 2015

Are you a senior? If not, I hope you will be some day. Around 4,000 Greenfield residents have already reached that milestone. We are asking the community to support our wish for a much-needed new senior center. We’ve heard promises of a new center for years. We still … 0

Letter: Short-changing input

Friday, April 17, 2015

Frontier Regional School District now has a new schedule for the school year beginning in the fall, voted on by the joint School Committee April 9. The plan calls for early dismissal on most Fridays by 1½ hours, with a 10-minute extension to the other days. The idea … 0

Letter: Shocking? Shouldn’t be

Friday, April 17, 2015

Why is everyone so incredulous at the dramatic price increase of their electric bills this past winter? Why are you shocked when natural gas moratoriums on new hookups were decreed in western Massachusetts? My answer, “you reap what you sow.” According to a U.S. Energy Information Administration (www.eia.gov) … 1

Letter Federal guinea pigs

Friday, April 17, 2015

This week is the anniversary week for the introduction of the Salk Polio Vaccine into our public schools. My father objected to my being inoculated with a live virus refused to sign a permission slip allowing the public school to conduct an experiment on his son. As his … 0