Opinion

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, education, physical and mental health or the law. They are local organizations that are made up of paid staff and volunteers who, … 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 a great sense of humor. He treats me with respect and I feel that the … 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 have a facility that has poor air quality, lack of space, leaking ceilings and many … 0

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Editorial: Tight library lends itself to tough choices

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Greenfield Public Library’s staff is in a tight spot, quite literally. Housed in an antique house designed by colonial America’s first architect, Asher Benjamin, the library has about 11,000 square feet of floor space for a community that 21st-century standards suggest requires nearly three times the space. In … 0

Iranian talks offer hope, critics don’t

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

It may be the most important news story of the decade: The United States, in concert with five other world powers, has negotiated a preliminary agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear program. Before we consider this, we … 0

Editorial: Pioneer Valley dinosaurs’ legacy lives on

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

When he was a teen growing up in Deerfield more than 200 years ago, Edward Hitchcock was stricken with an illness that affected his eyesight. The malady sidelined his dream of studying astronomy. Instead, Hitchcock trained his curiosity on the natural world. He looked straight ahead and sometimes … 0

Letter: Final mile raises questions

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

In response to my previous questions, I received some answers when I received a flier from WiredWest. This raised more questions. For instance, WiredWest’s pamphlet quoted a $79 million cost for construction while our town’s letter said it would cost $100 million; this is a $21 million difference … 0

Letter: Keep an eye on Russia

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Russians are coming! While the focus has been on ISIS in the forefront and Iran beginning to attract some attention in their Shiite lead battle for Tikrit, the Russians are leading from behind. Not only are the Russians pushing forward in Ukraine while the Balkan countries watch, … 0

Editorial: Heroin epidemic's reach expanding

Monday, April 6, 2015

Do an Internet search on the word “heroin” and you’ll discover that communities are becoming increasingly aware that no one is immune from this epidemic. News stories detailing heroin arrests and deaths can be found all over the nation. For some cities and towns, heroin as a street … 0

Bos/My Turn: Our national procrastination

Monday, April 6, 2015

I am in the process of packing up everything I own, taking suits I have not worn for more than a decade (but still fit!) to the Cancer Connection thrift store, spending more time on Craigslist selling “stuff” … 0

Letter: The good old days

Monday, April 6, 2015

Don’t mess with the old folks. Old folks live in the past, the good old days. We’re used to using rotary phones, not being forced to be tied up in seat belts or subjected to the Miley Cyrus’ of the entertainment world. Barbara Stanwick, Doris Day and Greta … 4

Letter: Performance inspiration

Monday, April 6, 2015

Re: “A betrayal of what’s right” article “Achilles in Vietnam” was an important inspiration for Jeannine Haas in preparation for her performance in “An Iliad.” A wonderful, insightful book. (“An Iliad” opens in Ashfield April 9, First Congregational Church.) What he and playwrights offer is not only what … 0

Letter: Build a senior center

Monday, April 6, 2015

Much as I appreciated the article by Anita Fritz on the Greenfield Senior Center, I could not resist editing the headline: Greenfield’s seniors “need” a new senior center. (People who know me understand I’m an editor and a writer and what editor ever resisted editing?) However, it was … 0