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Editorial: Keep increasing composting

Friday, October 2, 2015

You don’t have to convince us about the benefits of composting. Getting food waste, soiled paper plates, cups and napkins out of the stream that would otherwise be headed to some incinerator or landfill makes sound economic sense for any number of Franklin County communities. According to the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, the cost of sending a community’s trash to either a landfill or energy-from-waste facility on Bondi’s … 0

Letter: Backing McMillan

Friday, October 2, 2015

I strongly support Jesse McMillan as a candidate for Greenfield School Committee. This energetic young professional is a graduate of the Greenfield school system and is now a public school teacher in Pittsfield. Even when he was a young teen, Jesse showed obvious potential and a willingness to commit enormous amounts of energy and time to worthwhile town projects. I first met and … 0

Editorial: Greenfield election on horizon

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Greenfield’s voters will have a unique opportunity next month. On Nov. 3, residents head to the polls at Greenfield High School to essentially make over their local government. A change in the town’s charter has put every seat on every elected board before the voters this fall. Voters will be deciding who will make up the 13-seat Town Council, with residents picking the … 0

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Letter: Refugee crisis

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Aware of the many refugees now fleeing into Europe and the difficulty of their being accepted with safety has caused President Obama to call on the United States to accept 10,000 refugees. That recalls my memory of the refugees facing the United States at the time of World … 0

Editorial: Needle exchange might be of use

Monday, September 21, 2015

Greenfield, we have a drug problem. The heroin and opioid epidemic continues to make inroads here and up and down the Northeast and elsewhere in the country, even as health officials, law enforcement and local and state governments develop strategies and marshal forces to turn the tide. The … 0

Newman/My Turn: The paths we take together

Monday, September 21, 2015

On a spectacularly clear August morning, our Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus was wending its way above the sharp ravine on narrow Maroon Creek Road in Colorado’s White River National Forest. Steve, the driver, was holding forth on encountering mountain lions, avoiding avalanches and appreciating conifers. He also … 0

Letter: Fair protest

Monday, September 21, 2015

I read with interest Rodney Madison’s My Turn column about his experiences carrying a sign regarding Black Lives Matter through the Three County Fairgrounds. It touched my deeply, as I have been on the receiving end of shouts of disapproval and name calling when I have been in … 0

Letter: Trouble with eggs

Monday, September 21, 2015

McDonald’s pledge to start using cage-free eggs is only a small step in preventing staggering suffering endured by millions of birds. Hatcheries that annually supply 200 million female hens for U.S. egg production, including cage-free, also kill the same number of male chicks at birth by grinding them … 0

Editorial: Yankee Candles’ overseas plans

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We would like to think that the news that Yankee Candle is planning to build a factory in Europe is a good thing. But it’s also understandable, in this day … 1

Bos/My Turn: Our state of war

Sunday, September 20, 2015

During World War I, civilians made up fewer than 5 percent of all casualties. Today, 75 percent or more of those killed or wounded in wars are noncombatants. And various websites concur that there are over 25 “wars” … 0

Letter: Seeking your vote

Sunday, September 20, 2015

My nomination papers have been approved and my name is on the ballot for School Committee. I would like your vote; however, I will not campaign for the position. I am not a politician. I am a father, a husband, a homeowner and a business owner. In 2011, … 0

Letter: Telemarketing

Sunday, September 20, 2015

How many of you have dashed to answer a ringing phone only to discover time and time again that the call was from a telemarketer? This happens to me several times a day. There is a website to register these annoying phone calls. It is the National Do … 0

Editorial: Pope sets stage for US visit

Friday, September 18, 2015

A rock star is expected to land in the United States Tuesday, only instead of brandishing a guitar, he will don a white cossack and a pectoral cross. And instead of powerful lyrics, he will bring powerful words. … 1