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Editorial: Don’t hide domestic abuse reports

Friday, April 18, 2014

In the past, we’ve supported making sure that when a domestic violence case gets into court, the judge has all the information necessary to make a decision that might bring an end to such abuse — including any pertinent facts from the accused’s past. In the continuing effort to provide greater protection for the victims of such abuse, however, there is now an alarming provision being proposed that would do … 0

McDougall/My Turn: A garden and its people

Friday, April 18, 2014

It started one stultifying August day when Rich Pascale of Shoestring Farm brought his Gravely “walk-behind tractor” down from the hills to help break ground for the Pleasant Street Community Garden on the grounds of the Davis Street School Administration Building. Rich worked steadily for eight hours, stopping only a couple of times to sip water, until we had the inkling of a … 0

Letter: Quick thinking

Friday, April 18, 2014

In regard to the Kinder Morgan gas pipeline taking a proposed cut through Franklin County and specifically through the Town of Montague: The Turners Falls water commissioners will allow the pipeline to “access their property near Lake Pleasant” (Recorder, April 4). This is a water supply protection district and a major aquifer at the Montague Plains area which is a water supply for … 0

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Editorial: Improving legal responses to domestic abuse

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Privilege, fame and wealth are not supposed to influence the American justice system. That’s the idea behind the concept of “blind justice,” where treatment under the law is supposed to be without fear or favor. In the real world, unfortunately, justice does sometimes peek from under her blindfold … 0

Letter: My candidacy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My name is Penny Ricketts and I would like your vote on April 15 Precinct 5 voters. I’m very lucky to have the diversity of Bingville, Highland Avenue, Maple Street, Deerfield Street, Orchard Street and the Highrise to name a few. It’s exciting and a big job to … 0

Letter: Lyford wants to serve

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

As firefighters, we take an oath to serve and protect the citizens of Greenfield. John Lyford did just that for 26 years. We know what it takes it serve our citizens. John is a retired firefighter and wants to continue that oath by serving you as your next … 1

Letter: We need her

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Penny Ricketts would be a tremendous asset on the Greenfield Town Council. I am happy to support her candidacy as my rep for Precinct 5. I first met Penny when we moved to town in 1997. In those 16 years, I have really come to admire her tenacity … 0

Letter: He’ll serve us well

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Town Council would be well served by the election of Rob Wainstein in Precinct 5. I support his thoughtful and reasonable approaches to the issues Greenfield faces. His long advocacy in elder law and his support of women in transition from poverty and abuse through NELCWIT give concrete … 0

Letter: Her love for Greenfield

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Penny Ricketts — she gives her heart and soul to Greenfield! I first met Penny Ricketts at a Franklin County Rotary Club meeting years ago. I have to say, I was impressed with her immediately. Her passion for wanting to help people was amazing to me. Over the … 0

Letter: Supporting Wainstein

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

If you live in Precinct 5, Greenfield, and you are a registered voter, on Tuesday, April 15, you have a wonderful opportunity to participate in local democracy at the Grange on Chapman Street. Precinct 5 is having a primary election for town councilor among three candidates. The top … 0

Letter: A consensus builder

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I am asking you to join me in supporting Rob Wainstein. I have been a social worker in Franklin County for 30-plus years and I know Rob professionally and personally. He has the skills and the temperament to be a consensus builder on the Town Council. He is … 0

Letter: Hardworking and caring

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Penny Ricketts is one of our candidates for the Precinct 5 councilor seat. Some may not know or understand what this means for the town of Greenfield, but that’s all right. What residents should know and understand is that my mother is a hardworking and caring woman of … 0

Editorial: Let Mass Save work for you

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

It sits there in the corner of the basement or garage, quietly keeping the beer cold, or preserving those bluefish caught last summer. It’s an old refrigerator or freezer — and it’s sucking irreplaceable amperage out of the electrical grid, day after day, hour after hour. It needs … 0