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Editorial: Harvest Supper wants you

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Free Harvest Supper, for a little more than a decade, has been embraced by Greenfield and the community as a food-filled fun event in the open air by Greenfield’s Town Common. Now, the committee that has been the backbone of the event is calling out for others to get involved to ensure it continues. Particularly, people are being sought now to help in the months leading up to the … 0

Thompson and Hutchins/My Turn: Biomass ordinance troubling

Friday, May 29, 2015

For several years, Greenfield has been wrestling with the question of biomass energy. A 2009 proposal by Madera Energy to build a biomass electricity plant was opposed by some residents and regional activists concerned with a slew of perceived threats. Plans for the facility were scrapped. In 2013, the Greenfield Town Council voted a 17-month moratorium on large-scale biomass facilities, during which time … 0

Letter: Divided Hawley

Friday, May 29, 2015

If anyone “missed the point” about Hawley’s recent town meeting, it was the author of letter written by Trina Sternstein (May 20). Having known Mrs. Sternstein since childhood, I was surprised she would pen such a hostile misrepresentation of reality. Contrary to the letter’s suggestion, there most likely was a majority of voters ready to back Article 54, to withdraw from WiredWest. Indeed, … 0

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Letter: Missed articles

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Your article, “Hawley Voters OK Amended Recall and Broad Band Articles” (May 13), either inadvertently missed the point or sought to downplay the two contentious articles (Numbers 54 and 55) advanced by petitioners at the Hawley town meeting on Monday night. These two articles, introduced by Hussain Hamdan … 0

Letter: Democracy in action

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To all of the Greenfield citizens who attended the Appointments and Ordinance Committee meeting on May 11 and to those who spoke so powerfully and eloquently against the Mass Assembly Ordinance Proposal, which appeared to fringe upon our First Amendment rights: you make me even prouder to be … 0

Letter: Just a little cheating

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

So the Patriots got caught cheating again. It’s just a little cheating. Nothing major. Yes, they would have won the game anyway, which makes the cheating even more ludicrous. What is the lesson here? Some cheating is OK, but some cheating isn’t; such as in the case of … 1

Letter: Dump the Pump

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

On June 18, 2015, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and public transportation systems across the country will celebrate the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day. With the continued fluctuation of gas prices, everyone is looking for a way to save money. National Dump the Pump Day encourages … 1

Letter: Obstructed view

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

This morning I noticed a contradictory action. As you go north on Route 112 toward Shelburne Falls, there is a beautiful side hill hay field, which is so admired that the Franklin Land Trust accepted the development rights so the land would continually be open. Now next to … 0

Editorial: Trees should grow in Greenfield

Monday, May 18, 2015

For a community with a name like Greenfield and a decades-long heritage of environmental activism, it’s easy to understand the angst and anxiety caused when the town razes rows of neighborhood shade trees — and equally difficult to understand the town’s stingy ways when it comes to replacing … 0

Keith/My Turn: Played by the pipeline

Monday, May 18, 2015

As we have heard, Berkshire Gas spokesman Christopher Farrell is frustrated with pipeline opponents. To be fair, of all the local distribution companies in Massachusetts, Berkshire may have the most to gain from Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Direct (NED) Project. Berkshire Gas currently depends on Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas … 0

Letter: Hillary and the 1 percent

Monday, May 18, 2015

As she speaks of toppling the 1 percent, those that have supported her financially are made up of the 1 percent. So, is Hillary really out to bite the hand that feeds her? You answer that one. Another dog-and-pony show for the masses, while the 1 percent hold … 1

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