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Opinion

Editorial: Lots of questions with tires

Monday, September 22, 2014

The discovery of a blanket of tires along a river embankment off Colorado Avenue in Greenfield presents more questions than answers at this time. Some of those questions are part of the past and may not lend themselves easily to answers, but others are very much part of the present and should be addressed. Greenfield residents may never know how long ago these tires were deposited there. It appears that … 0

Charney/My Turn: Faulty personal compass

Monday, September 22, 2014

You would think that I would be the ideal candidate for a GPS. In fact, I’m sure that they must have been invented for the likes of me — the “navigationally challenged.” Although never a quick study with technology, I requested one of those gizmo’s for my birthday. “Now we know you won’t get lost,” my thoughtful son and daughter-in-law announced with satisfaction. … 0

Letter: Quite neighborly

Monday, September 22, 2014

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, my dog Leroy went up behind my building and down the railroad tracks. He had never left my side before, but just happened to be drawn away. After calling him for about an hour, I hear dogs barking near the Conway residence. My first interactive with one of many caring people in Greenfield. My second was to the opposite … 0

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In the Arena: Deja vu

Editorial: History part of the vaccine picture

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

We are just a couple of days from saying goodbye to this year’s edition of the Franklin County Fair. By all accounts the thousands and thousands of men, women and children who entered the fairground gates had a terrific time. The fair is indeed where friends and family … 0

McIver/My Turn: Our health care direction

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In 2011, the governor’s office signed into law Sections 21-23 of Chapter 32B. These sections became known as the Municipal Health Reform Act. That same year, Mayor William Martin approached the Town Council and requested adoption of these sections in order to control rising health insurance costs. Town … 0

Letter: Homemade float

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Once again, the Franklin County Fair Parade was the main attraction on Federal and Main. What a great event. It was made even more special for my staff when we heard we won first prize for our carousel float. After hearing we won, I thought I should set … 0

Letter: He’ll be missed

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It was shocking news to hear of the passing of our founding member of MCTV: Tim Lindop. He was the first person you would see as you entered the selectmen’s meeting on Monday evenings in Turners Falls. If you recall, at the selectmen’s meeting on Aug. 11, Angela … 0

Letter: Improving school lunch

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

With the new school year, parents’ attention is turning to school lunches. Traditionally, USDA had used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. Children consumed animal fat and sugary drinks, to the point where one-third have became overweight or obese. … 0

Editorial: Punch that hits the NFL

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Professional football is a violent sport played by big and powerful athletes who are among the best at what they do. Fans admire — even celebrate — a player’s ability to withstand and hand out punishment. Outside the … 0

Moss/My Turn: Restoring a critical balance

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Welcome to the Third World! In imperialism’s heyday, we colonized other countries, other peoples, to plunder their riches for our enjoyment. Today, corporations colonize us. It’s called privatizing profits and socializing costs. For a fictionalized view of what it’s like to live under corporate hegemony, turn to Ishmael … 1

Letter: Safe bicycling

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Greenfield Area Bicycle Coalition’s cleanup of Turners Falls Road on Aug. 30. Officer Scott West of the Greenfield Police Department was on hand with his bicycle to direct traffic as we hand trimmed weeds left from the DPW mowing and … 0

Letter: Food for thought

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I am a senior at Four Rivers Public Charter School in Greenfield and have enjoyed my last five years of learning and growth in such an engaging and open environment. Its been an experienced unrivaled in importance in my life but it has not come without some difficulty … 0

Editorial: Pardoning Nixon: a 40-year view

Monday, September 8, 2014

On Monday, 40 years ago, U.S. President Gerald R. Ford did what many Americans at the time thought was out of line: He pardoned his predecessor, Richard M. Nixon. At the time, Ford’s decision, coming just a month after Nixon had resigned in disgrace following the unfolding of … 0