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Editorial: Many a garden grows

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Anyone familiar with Mother Goose knows the rhyme: Mary, Mary, quite contrary How does your garden grow? Mary’s answer was: With silver bells and cockleshells And pretty maids all in a row. Had ol’ Mother Goose put the question to Franklin County, however, the response would have been different and much more complex. Just about every imaginable size or configuration, flower to vegetable and everything in between, are a big … 0

Simms/My Turn: Our climate reality

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On April 28, Cardinal Peter Turkson, released the following statement, “In our recklessness, we are traversing some of the planet’s most fundamental natural boundaries, and the lesson from the Garden of Eden still rings true today: pride, hubris, self-centeredness are always perilous, indeed destructive. The very technology that has brought great reward is … 0

Letter: Concert magic

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Greenfield Middle School was the site of an outstanding concert performance recently by the GHS band and chorus. The band was directed by Greenfield’s new music instructor, Liesel Keller, and assisted by local veteran music educators Maria Scotera (Greenfield Middle School) and Ted Wirt (Mohawk). The 17-member chorus sang two recognizable songs: “Seasons of Love” (“Rent”) and “Africa” (the band Toto). Two less … 0

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Letter: Sharing the road

Monday, May 18, 2015

Roads, with their bridges, drainage control (culverts), catch basins, manholes, fill, gravel, crushed stone, pavement, construction, etc., cost about a million dollars a mile, give or take. Some individuals think that this is their road! Did they pay the million dollars for one mile of road? We all … 0

Letter: Political change

Monday, May 18, 2015

Professor Gran’s op-ed described politicians ignoring climate change facts. He might have included some political science facts teaching readers how to induce politicians to change their positions. Professor Jon Krosnick (Stanford) reports: 80 percent of Americans agree the federal government should limit business and utility emissions. Krosnick never … 0

Letter: Global warming crystal ball

Monday, May 18, 2015

William Gran’s my turn “Face the facts of climate change” seems to come from a magical global warming crystal ball all of these global warming alarmists use. As far as they are concerned, it’s all doom and gloom in the future. Meteorologists cannot even forecast the weather a … 0

Letter: Watch out for personal agendas

Monday, May 18, 2015

How unfortunate that some people have a personal agenda which seeks to stamp out WiredWest. These agendas include “look at me” and gaining customers for a business. To these ends, certain individuals have spread rumors and “misinformation” concerning WiredWest. The WiredWest plan will better serve the rural, sparsely … 0

Editorial: Montague lands on senior center option

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Building a possible senior center on the site of a former convenience store in Turners Falls sounds like a winning idea for Montague. The town has seen a number of … 0

MacDougall/My Turn: Antidote for hopelessness

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Each time I read a news story full of violence or chaos, I have a choice: I can feel defeated or I can remain hopeful. I opt for the latter by consistently witnessing people working on projects that transform lives. Compassionate action within community is the antidote to … 0

Letter: Bigger than diapers

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I decided to donate to the diaper drive after reading your May 6 article and was shocked to discover how expensive such an essential item cost: $11.99 for 18 diapers, 67 cents each for a product that surely costs pennies to produce. Shame on corporations raking in huge … 0

Letter: Ag Commission

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Greenfield Agricultural Commission is seeking new members who are interested in making sure that the prime farmland in town remains in production through owner use or lease. Many towns in Massachusetts have agricultural commissions, which help farmers looking for good land, increase or diversify their markets or … 0

Letter: My candidacy

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My name is Sarah Reynolds and I am running for Charlemont selectman on May 26 (voting is all day until 7 p.m. at Hawlemont school), I am doing so because I believe I can listen well to the town’s residents. I am a firm believer that an elected … 0

Editorial: Fix the ordinance wording

Friday, May 15, 2015

When it comes to banning plastic items in Greenfield, residents are seeing an example of the means justifying the end. In the end is that the right approach? We’re not sure. As reported in The Recorder, there is, in the opinion of the lawyer representing Greenfield, some trouble … 0