Opinion

Editorial: Improving voter registration

Monday, July 6, 2015

Over the course of this year’s annual town meeting season, many Franklin County residents once again experienced our version of grass-roots democracy and the power of the ballot box. The vote is a powerful tool for making decisions that influence the shape of our government as well as our lives now and for the future. Unfortunately, there are too many people who don’t seem to see this. The number of … 0

Letter: War on smokers

Monday, July 6, 2015

How stupid are politicians? All these mentally deranged people we’re reading about are allowed to drive cars, their mentally retarded parents buying guns for their brain-dead offspring and what do our fearless leaders do? They spend billions of dollars preaching, “No smoking any place where another man, woman, child or pets may inhale nasty second hand smoke or the smell of it. The … 0

Letter: River use hazards

Monday, July 6, 2015

I’ve read the article regarding the Deerfield River and Stillwater Bridge. Tubing on the Deerfield seems a natural pastime for the area. But be careful, when the area that is being used to pick up or drop off customers is not controlled by someone or thing, it creates an area that gets used as public recreation. I live near the Delaware River in … 0

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Letter: Praise for Bill Cardaropoli

Thursday, June 25, 2015

There are many people behind the scenes doing amazing things for little or no money to support great things in our community. Bill Cardaropoli is one of those people. Since my kids were little, Bill has been ever-present as a coach as part of Greenfield rec and in … 0

Letter: Colrain Road roundabout

Thursday, June 25, 2015

As a daily commuter by bicycle and sometimes car, I want to thank those who conceived of and built the rotary on Colrain Road at the entrance to GCC. I was dubious when the project started because I often feel rotaries are dangerous places, especially for bikers and … 0

Editorial: State must bolster staffing for funeral home inspections

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Until practice catches up with promises, customers of funeral home services in Massachusetts need to guard themselves and their families against fraudulent conduct that can turn a difficult time into a horrendous one. While steps have been taken in the past year to more closely monitor financial transactions … 0

My Turn: Brown: Two national diseases, Gun Violence and Racism

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A month ago, I walked into a situation that left me badly shaken. I was picking up a small pepperoni at my favorite pizza joint here in Taos. As I waited at the counter for the take-out to … 0

Letter: Pipeline opposition

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

On Thursday, June 11, we attended a hearing by the Department of Public Utilities at a jam-packed auditorium in Greenfield, MA, concerning the proposed NED (Northeast Energy Direct) fracked gas pipeline. We went to lend solidarity to our fellows and were blown away by the intelligence, passion and … 1

Letter: U.S. must fight ISIS

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Recently, U.S.-made weaponry fell into enemy hands, ISIS: 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles, 40 M1A1 battle tanks, 74,000 machine guns, 52 M198 howitzer mobile guns , and 74,000 Army machine guns (reference : Reuters). The grand total estimated to be $219.7 million. Experts report those losses represent a fraction … 0

Letter: Ways to reduce environmental impact

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ways to reduce environmental impact Although I apparently don’t agree with John Blasiak on global warming or the Kinder Morgan pipeline, in his “Live within nature” piece, he gave a number of really good suggestions that each of us can use to reduce human impact on the natural … 0

Editorial: Shutesbury puts brakes on solar

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Last week, some of the people of Shutesbury rose up to express concern about a planned solar farm on 30 wooded acres off Pratt Corner Road. Shutesbury, to a large extent a bedroom town of well educated employees of local colleges, is often seen as a politically progressive … 0

Nestel/My Turn: At DPU hearing, effects of gas pipeline plan already painfully clear

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Opponents of the proposed Kinder Morgan Tennessee Gas Pipeline filled Greenfield Middle School to capacity on Thursday, June 11, when people of Franklin County and beyond had a chance to speak at a meeting called by the state Department of Public Utilities to hear public opinion regarding Berkshire … 1

Letter: News bias

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

John Bos in his My Turn stated “Every news organization is biased in one way or another.” So I would say Jan Norris is correct in that PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN and MSNBC are all left bias. I can say Fox News does lean to the right. What … 0