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Editorial: Boiler switch puts heat on Mohawk

Friday, February 5, 2016

The air certainly hasn’t cleared regarding a switch to wood pellet boilers at Mohawk Trail Regional School. Both proponents of the proposal that would switch the building’s heating system from propane-powered boilers to a pellet-fired system and opponents have made their cases looking at both the local picture and a broader one. Each side also attempts to stake out environmental/green turf in order to win the argument. And if the … 1

Mark/My Turn: Pardon Leonard Peltier

Friday, February 5, 2016

Leonard Peltier has been confined in prison for more than 40 years. He was charged with the shooting-death of two FBI agents, Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, in the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. However, the facts around his case show a dismal miscarriage of justice. It looks like the only way Leonard Peltier will be free to go home to friends and … 2

Letter: Making a healthy choice

Friday, February 5, 2016

Thanks for highlighting the serious toll that diabetes takes on the health of people in Franklin County and for drawing attention to the excellent work that the YMCA is doing in partnership with the Community Health Center and others to reduce the impact of this disease. The best part of the Diabetes Prevention Program is not that the Y offers classes — as … 0

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I've had the same thoughts about the need for President Obama pardoning Leonard Pelletier. Let's hope he has the courage to do...(full comment)

Mark/My Turn: Pardon Leonard Peltier

Wood boilers are a significant in Europe because it is considered carbon-neutral and thereby contributes to attempts to reduce green house gas...(full comment)

Editorial: Boiler switch puts heat on Mohawk

Editorial: Hunger has no place here in the U.S.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Hunger is a condition that has no place in the United States. After all, this is a nation of abundance: The country produces tons and tons of food within our borders and imports billions of dollars worth of food. The shelves of grocery stores big and small are … 0

Letter: Carry on the pipeline fight

Monday, January 25, 2016

Thanks to all of you intrepid souls who walked in the Martin Luther King Jr. Walk to Stop the Pipeline. I would like to encourage others to put forth their own positive efforts toward the goal of a better energy future. There are so many reasons not to … 1

Letter: The root issue

Monday, January 25, 2016

Forget about the Confederate Flag. Police violence is caused by the ingrained disrespect for citizens that police are trained to have and the contagious culture of contempt for citizens that police learn from each other. In the last 25 years, police have transformed themselves into the greatest financial, … 2

Editorial: Moving forward on solar

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from Franklin County and North Quabbin area: While the state lawmakers continue their wrangling over lifting the net-metering cap on local solar electricity generation, communities around the area continue to move forward to take advantage of what solar energy … 0

Letter: This doctor will be missed

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Since our son was born in 2004, our lives have been blessed by the presence of an outstanding pediatrician: knowledgeable, patient, kind, attentive, calm. News of Dr. Bert’s retirement prompts this letter of appreciation, especially since I’ve had this conversation with so many parents recently. Greenfield Family Medicine … 0

Letter: The presidential field

Sunday, January 24, 2016

I consider myself an independent, and believe me there are no perfect candidates running this year. We have an egomaniac T.V. star, Donald Trump, a self-hating Hispanic, Ted Cruz ,versus Hillary Clinton with her email baggage, and husband, Wild Bill. Taking everything into consideration I’ll take Hillary in … 1

Letter: Consequences of delay

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Planned Parenthood provides pregnancy services including 327,653 abortions in 2013. A concern is how many of these abortions were illegally funded. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says defunding the abortion industry giant will have to wait until 2017. A delay of 15 months means that another 400,000 abortions … 0

Editorial: State Senate doesn’t want to get burned again by marijuana

Friday, January 22, 2016

If recreational marijuana in Massachusetts is coming down the pike fast — perhaps overtaking the state’s medicinal pot effort — then it’s imperative lawmakers get ahead of any legalization. We think that the lawmakers who recently returned from … 0

Cahillane/My Turn: Waking up to Trump

Friday, January 22, 2016

I don’t like the sight of neo-fascist Brown Shirts just up the road in Burlington, Vt., or anywhere else in 2016 America. We have seen this obscenity before in the movies, and real for others, in Vienna, Hamburg … 0

Editorial: Her story’s one of inspiration

Thursday, January 21, 2016

In Franklin County and the North Quabbin area, there are plenty of people with amazing stories. Some of them are well known not just in the region but way beyond. Others and what they do may only be known of by those who come into more immediate contact, … 0