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Editorial: Can’t succumb to Siren’s call

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It was another video-taped beheading carried out by the so-called Islamic State, this time of Peter Kassig, an American aid worker, and it again left the United States and much of the rest of the world horrified and scrambling for a proper response. But the answer, despite the sorrow and outrage these killings — which President Obama called “... an … 0

In the Arena: Montague gamesmanship

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Is Montague becoming the new Ashfield? It sure looks that way, because much like their friends to the west encountered recently during ongoing battles over the Ashfield House, Open Meeting Law complaints are flowing in Montague like water through the Strathmore canal. Most of the complaints, much like in Ashfield, are related to missing selectmen’s meeting minutes (which have since been caught up … 0

Letter: Defending Madison, art

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The photo and story concerning complaints against Rodney Madison’s outdoor displays in front of his store at 104 Avenue A in Turners Falls were very biased against this artist and shopkeeper. To say that objects were “strewn” on the sidewalk — without the use of quotation marks in the article — is grossly unjust. Each object is placed with great care and in … 0

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Editorial: Poll workers deserve our thanks

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: As thankful as people are that this year’s election is now in the rearview mirror, we would be remiss if we didn’t offer a public thanks to the men and … 0

Blagg: Third-party candidates

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Third-party candidates pose a thorny question in American politics. Although there are some successes in our history — after all, John C. Fremont’s Republican Party — formerly the Whigs — began as an anti-slavery alternative to James Buchanan’s … 0

Editorial: Frontier’s safety plan worked

Friday, November 7, 2014

Having a school system safety plan — an emergency procedure to protect students, teachers and staff in the case of an attack — has become an unfortunate necessity in modern America. What the nation saw at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut or Columbine High School in Colorado, … 0

Worgaftik/My Turn: Embracing a new economy

Friday, November 7, 2014

In Franklin County, we work to create jobs, especially those that pay a living wage. We also develop our communities by building better broadband, more solar electric opportunities and refurbishing deteriorating buildings. We don’t spend as much time on considering what we want our overall economic structure to … 0

Editorial: It’s the Republicans’ turn

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The nation’s midterm election was decidedly unkind to the Democrats. Voters, frustrated with the president, Congress, the economy, taxes, international affairs, immigration, same-sex marriage, abortion, the Affordable Care Act ... you name it, decided that Democrats, incumbent or not, should pay the price. Across the country, Republicans candidates … 0

Letter: Political landscape

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Being a staunch Democrat, and a lover of beauty, I can’t understand why mean-spirited people are against wind power and solar panels dotting the open spaces. Comrade John Kerry, decorated veteran and a fine gentleman, hates wind farms because they are an eyesore to his pristine landscape, i.e. … 0

Letter: Cider’s distinctions

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Thank you for your coverage of Franklin County CiderDays, (“CiderDays a Global Phenomenon,” Nov. 3. It is a remarkable event. As a home cider-maker and cider enthusiast, I feel lucky to participate every November. I would like to point out a missing facet of the story, as it … 0

In the Arena: They can work it out

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I’m not usually in the habit of talking ideologues off the ledge, but I would urge any Democrats reading this to take a deep breath, a knee-bend or whatever calming measures may be necessary to fight off any lingering depression left over from Tuesday’s election. Though it may … 0

Howland/My Turn: The energy structure

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The announcement of National Grid’s 37 percent increase in residential electrical rates has made it painfully obvious that the federal and state agencies charged with the responsibility of managing “reliable” electrical power supplies at “competitive prices” for the New England states have failed in their mission. Lest we … 0

Letter: Give him his due

Friday, November 7, 2014

I couldn’t agree more with Becca Byram-Wigfield when she writes of Ed Weirzbowski’s initiative to buy, renovate and “make something” of the Arts Block and the Pushkin buildings in downtown Greenfield (“Sad lack of support,” Nov. 3). I don’t know the particulars of Ed’s experience in doing this … 0