Opinion

Editorial: Frontier board should back off

Monday, April 27, 2015

Things are a little topsy-turvy at Frontier Regional School these days. Normally we would applaud a school committee that takes the lead on tough decisions — like if and how to trim spending in tough economic times — rather than simply following the recommendation of a hired administrator. But not this time. Last month, a majority of the Frontier Regional School Committee, confronted by flesh and blood people who would … 0

Hollins/My Turn: Vital to LGBTQ students

Monday, April 27, 2015

In every public school today, some students have well-developed or emerging LGBTQ identities (LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning). Sometimes navigating this identity is clear, supported and comfortable. Sometimes the identity path includes confusion and fear. Based on recommendations by the Massachusetts Commission for LGBTQ Youth, the State Board of Education voted unanimously last month to adopt updated … 0

Letter: Update ADA plans

Monday, April 27, 2015

It’s imperative each town update their ADA transition plan, this includes a specific document for ADA for all town buildings: goals and objectives. I believe there is strong interest and demonstrations to comply. But all stakeholders — schools, town officials, mayors, town planners, senior centers, etc. — are responsible to update this specific mandated ADA plan. BETTY TEGEL Greenfield … 0

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Letter: New ‘Captain Planet’

Friday, April 17, 2015

New ‘Captain Planet’ Al Gore seems to be MIA and we have a new “Captain Planet” making the rounds in the news circuit his name is Barack Obama. He recently stated that global warming “can induce greater incidence of asthma” and it became personal to him because his … 0

Editorial: Lessons await with school budget

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Deciding how much to increase spending for Greenfield’s public schools should be an interesting learning experience this year. The town’s new superintendent, Jordana Harper, with her School Committee’s almost unanimous support, has asked the Town Council for a $1 million increase. But Mayor William Martin, the lone dissenting … 0

In the Arena: Building a reputation

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I no longer live in Greenfield, but if I did, Town Councilor Mark Maloni would get my vote every time. I don’t think I’ve ever said that about any elected town official before, but it’s a claim I make unabashedly, one that was reinforced after seeing and hearing … 0

Letter: War profiteering

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Regarding the story of waste in defense spending as exemplified by the high-altitude enhanced radar platform that has to date cost the U.S. taxpayers more money than a couple of dozen cutting-edge regional technical high schools, I’d like to point out that it, and many other programs, the … 0

Letter: Our valuable volunteers

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Even when you’re dying, there can be a lot of living to do. Hospice Volunteers make more special moments possible for the patients and families they serve every day. Across the U.S., more than 355,000 hospice volunteers give 16 million hours of service every year. Right here in … 0

Letter: School volunteers

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Greenfield Public Schools are fortunate to have both parents and community volunteers who share their time, skills and interests throughout the school year. Our volunteers provide students and teachers support as reading mentors, library assistants, pen pals, sports assistants, math tutors and much more. We have dedicated … 0

Editorial: Gov. Baker takes aim at regulations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A badge of honor or an unnecessary constraint? When the question involves state regulations that are tougher than corresponding federal rules, the answer depends on how you view regulations to begin with. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, like many Republicans, isn’t a fan of regulation, especially if those regulations … 0

Newman/My Turn: Fiction that rings too true

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

After almost 40 years as a civil rights attorney, nothing that law enforcement does to shred constitutional guarantees should surprise me. But a recent news report did in fact make me flinch. The Chicago police, America has learned, … 0

Letter: BFMC volunteers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

When I took a part-time job last year at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in the Volunteer Services Office, I had no idea how much it would open my eyes. I am a lifelong volunteer, since childhood when my mom pulled us into community service to help on projects … 0

Letter: Close ‘kill shelters’

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How would you feel to be an abandoned animal with no food or warmth? What is an abandoned animal? An abandoned animal is an animal that has been given up or the owner did not want it any more. Here is what happens to some abandoned animals: Sometimes … 0