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Editorial: Virtual school, state remain at odds

Friday, October 24, 2014

Learning that state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester is not happy with how the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is performing doesn’t come as a shock. The backstory on the relationship between the online school and the state has been complicated from the very beginning. Just how much those past disagreements are playing into the present is anyone’s guess. Chester has recommended that the GCVS be placed on a 20-month probation, … 0

Letter: Orwell sums it up

Friday, October 24, 2014

Citizens of Greenfield, MA, USA: Congratulations on your new, 24/7 surveillance cameras overlooking the village square. You are well on your way to becoming a safe community. Thank goodness you had the foresight to build a constabulary far from the town center, lest all that expensive homeland security gear might be vulnerable to graffiti, broken lights and other assorted acts of vandalism. That … 0

Letter: Fossil fuels divestment

Friday, October 24, 2014

Climate activist and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy counsels that it is imperative to celebrate any step we make in contributing to the well-being of our world. Certainly many steps were taken by the over 400,000 people, including many from the Greenfield area, who participated in the Peoples’ Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21 very quickly that the steps they took mattered. … 0

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Letter: Power up solar

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Greenfield residents should pay special attention to solar power in their town. Solar panels are a great way to help our environment and fight global warming, while protecting homeowners from fluctuating energy costs. Towns all over Massachusetts have been completing solar projects at a breakneck pace, which bodes … 0

Editorial: Buoniconti’s homework

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We’re glad that Mohawk Trail Regional School District Superintendent Michael Buoniconti is doing his homework when it comes to a four-day school week. Such a possible shift in the school week would be a change that would have an impact beyond the classroom. Buoniconti’s research is in large … 0

Bos/My Turn: Our cancer connection

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We call it the “Big C” (along with some other things) in our weekly men’s support meetings at Cancer Connection just across Locust Street from Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Founded in 2000, the nonprofit Cancer Connection (www.cancer-connection.org/) is at heart a “living room,” where each Wednesday at … 0

Letter: History of ‘the flip’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

First and foremost a thank you to Trish Crapo for her lovely article about our wonderful restaurants and how we find inspiration for the delicious cocktails we serve. I would like the opportunity to clarify my comments about the history on the “flip” cocktail. The flip first appeared … 0

Letter: Our card project

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

For the last 11 years, we have been sending Christmas cards to the Wounded Warriors. We asked many people to help us in this project. We needed someone to write on our card — fire departments, police departments, workers from Staples, Dunkin Donuts, people on the street, VFW, … 0

Editorial: Say ‘yes’ to repeal on Question 1

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Questions about the gas tax in Massachusetts — Is it too high? Too low? How should it be used? — are touchy issues. Many complain about what the tax does to the price of gas and whether it should be dedicated only to upkeep of our roads and … 1

Barbarism's rationale

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What’s with ISIS? ISIS is the latest diabolical monster to come down the human pike: irrational, brutal and bloodthirsty, faux-pious, faux-devout. But ISIS is really nothing more than another instance of what humans do to humans —another historic example of what humans are, in part, about. There’s nothing … 0

Letter: Competing visions

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I attended the Center Village Master Planning meeting held Sept. 28, with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments presiding. I did NOT have their report to read before the meeting. (FRCOG held a visioning session on June 30, 2013, 20 people attended.) The FRCOG Center Village Master Plan … 1

Letter: Vote for Dylan

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Vote for change — Dylan Korpita. If you feel the political system is broken and desire change — VOTE FOR DYLAN! We need to encourage more young people without agendas to be engaged in our political system. Dylan is 35, a native of Deerfield and is running for … 0

Editorial: Let Biden speak

Monday, October 13, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden has been getting a bum rap. Too often, after making an appearance or speech before some segment of the American public, the press and Biden’s critics are quick to characterize what he said as … 0