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Editorial: Dear Gov. (elect) Charlie Baker ...

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Dear Gov. (elect) Baker: We hope that you’re getting to spend a little quality time with family and friends during the holiday season. After all, in just a few short weeks you’ll be handed the keys to that fancy office on Beacon Hill, one of the perks that comes with being elected governor. We realize that besides the holidays, this has been quite a busy time for you since winning … 0

In the Arena: No rubber stamp here

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Anyone who came out of the most recent Greenfield elections automatically thinking that Isaac Mass and Penny Ricketts were going to be in the tank for Bill Martin should stop by GCTV and take a look at the videotape of the most recent Town Council meeting. Fortunately, the mayor was out of the country at the time, but his ears must have been … 0

Letter: Lost, wasted gas

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Berkshire Gas Company could expand its customer base if it started doing a better job of saving its current customers gas and money and helping to modernize their heating systems and appliances. Since the Kinder Morgan pipeline would not be available for three years under any circumstances, Berkshire Gas would be well-advised to update its business model rather than continue a multi-year … 0

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Letter: Warren’s true self

Sunday, December 14, 2014

“Warren draws praise, ire in 1st 2 years in Senate” was the headline of a story on a Monday noting Elizabeth Warren’s two-year anniversary of being elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. I think the photographer who took the photo associated with the story captured her true … 0

Editorial: Put brakes on state decal plan

Friday, December 12, 2014

Decals on vehicles tell people all sorts of things. They make it OK to park in specific areas, they let the driver use the town dump and they let people know about a connection to a particular school or college. Now there’s legislation making its way through the … 0

Brown/My Turn: Brotherly invitation

Friday, December 12, 2014

Having grown up Jewish in New York City, I never dreamed in a million years to find myself marching in a procession under a starlit New Mexican sky toward a triple crucifix, one illuminated by bonfires and accompanied by a crowd of Hispanic men who belonged to an … 1

Letter: Hospice merger

Friday, December 12, 2014

I write you as a supporter of Hospice of Franklin County (HoFC). I was introduced to HoFC while witnessing the tender devotion this organization dedicated to a friend of mine in his final weeks. I joined the board several years ago and now serve as the treasurer. Hospice … 0

Letter: Sad approach

Friday, December 12, 2014

When I saw the article “Baker promises to get homeless out of hotels,” I thought, that’s kind of a heartless headline. I read the article to find out what our new Governor-elect proposes to do to help the unfortunate families living in Greenfield hotels, but I discovered that … 1

Editorial: Congress sells out public for more campaign cash

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Those brave enough to wade through the hundreds of pages of the $1.01 trillion congressional spending bill will find a lot of what is expected: taxpayer money aimed at the federal government and programs to keep things going … 0

In the Arena: She loved Greenfield

Thursday, December 11, 2014

She loved Greenfield more than the town sometimes loved itself. Those were the words that kept running through my mind this week as I tried to conjure up a fitting epitaph for former Greenfield Town Councilor Barbara Tillmanns, who passed away Sunday at the age of 72. “Barbara … 1

Letter: Now there is hope

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I want to share with others who have a diagnosis of achalasia that there now is hope for a complete reversal of the condition and return to normal eating and a normal life. Esophageal achalasia is a disorder involving the smooth muscle layer of the esophagus and the lower esophageal … 0

Letter: CO2 levels

Thursday, December 11, 2014

To Jim who is not convinced “to what extent, if any, humans are responsible for increased CO2 levels.” Fossil fuels are so called because coal, oil, and gas are the remains of plants that have been buried and transformed underground for many millions of years. It is my … 0

Letter: Please return wallet

Thursday, December 11, 2014

On Friday evening Dec. 5. my 17-year-old son’s wallet was stolen in Turners Falls. Somewhere between 8 and 10 p.m. At this point, the contents of the wallet are far more important than the money that was in it. Friday after school, Austin had stopped at the bank … 0