Opinion

Editorial: Finally, the focus will be on the game

Friday, January 30, 2015

Super Bowl weekend. The world won’t necessarily stop on Sunday as the National Football League season reaches its climax with its championship game, but ... We know that much of Franklin County will join the rest of New England in rooting on the Patriots, just as the Pacific Northwest will undoubtedly be cheering on the Seattle Seahawks. It must be … 0

Mark/My Turn: Keeping college affordable

Friday, January 30, 2015

The inability to afford a college education should never stand in the way of a promising student’s success. I remember it like it was yesterday, I had made the decision not to return to college in the fall, and I was wondering where my life would end up. I was a student at UMass, but I realized I couldn’t afford to be there … 0

Letter: Getting free from plastic

Friday, January 30, 2015

As a member of the team trying to get single-use plastic out of our waste cycle, I find the editorial use of the word “zealous” a very biased comment from someone who has not even been a part of our experience. Also the editor’s assumption that the townspeople would not be supportive of our petition (when over 1,400 signed it) or that it … 0

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Letter: Brattleboro curbside

Monday, January 19, 2015

Responding to Curbside Compost letter by Andrew Baker: Andrew, I couldn’t agree with you more about the great need and benefits of curbside composting. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, Brattleboro, Vt., your neighbor to the north, is going great on its curbside composting program. They have … 0

Letter: Where peace begins

Monday, January 19, 2015

Terrorism: a dominant theme in the news that is rousing defiant reactions of people claiming their right to freedom of speech. But with freedom comes responsibility, and a little wisdom wouldn’t go amiss. Yes, we have a right to hurl abusive language and insult our neighbor. Will it … 0

Editorial: Much to learn from Martin Luther King

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is being honored today with the federal holiday marking his birth. But … 0

Blagg: Cheap gas has hefty price

Sunday, January 18, 2015

As I drove away from a local gas station the other day, after having filled my tank with gasoline at a price cheaper than I’ve paid in decades, a thought popped into my head. A very unpopular thought. … 1

Letter: How it translates

Sunday, January 18, 2015

This is so cool! All the most powerful Western leaders and their attendant celebs joining together, hand in hand, in supporting the right to free expression! Hooray! Even though most of them wouldn’t recognize truly free expression if it bit them on the behind as they stoop over … 0

Letter: Reasons to say ‘no’

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Approving this pipeline would be a mistake for quite a few reasons. Some fit the “not in our backyard category,” but most reasons benefit the larger community and of course humanity as a whole. Small towns in western Mass. have been orienting their economies toward eco-tourism. In Northfield, … 0

Editorial: School Choice dilemma

Friday, January 16, 2015

When School Choice became a reality in Franklin County, as a number of other districts were struggling, Deerfield Elementary School became one of the sought-after landing spots for students and their parents. Seemingly, School Choice provided a win-win for both the school and those families looking to join … 0

Rasbury-DeViolet/My Turn: No escaping leaf blowers

Friday, January 16, 2015

With the arrival of winter in New England, one expects a reprieve from the hand-held, gas-powered acoustic weapons we all know as leaf blowers. I was horrified to hear, then see an army of men use these machines in my neighborhood at 6:30 in the morning, in 12-degree … 0

Letter: A lack respect

Friday, January 16, 2015

A lack of respect A 100-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, Dario Raschio, was to receive special honors from U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden in Portland, Ore. As Sen. Wyden began to speak, protesters in the back of the room erupted, shouting “hands up, don’t shoot.” More than 100 protesters pushed … 1

Letter: Love it

Friday, January 16, 2015

Love it As I was breaking-up and shoveling off accumulated ice along High Street (to make the path from the highrise to the Senior Center safe for walking), a young woman came out to thank me for clearing the sidewalk. I mentioned to her that in the town’s … 0