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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

Editorial: Rosenberg shaking up the Legislature

Thursday, May 28, 2015

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, less than six months into the job, is shaking up the Legislature’s two chambers. Having witnessed firsthand how the House and its speaker have dominated the headlines, if not the direction state government takes, since his Senate election in 1991, the Democrat from Amherst seems intent on having the power spread more equitably, including how bills go through … 0

Editorial: Many a garden grows

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Anyone familiar with Mother Goose knows the rhyme: Mary, Mary, quite contrary How does your garden grow? Mary’s answer was: With silver bells and cockleshells And pretty maids all in a row. Had ol’ Mother Goose put the question to Franklin County, however, the response would have been different and much more complex. Just about every imaginable size or configuration, flower to vegetable … 0

Editorial: DPU needs to hear from western Mass.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas proposal is one of the more volatile subjects to come down the pipe here in western Massachusetts. Residents of the eight directly affected Franklin County towns haven’t been shy about voicing opinions about the proposed route coming from New York State … 0

Editorial: Campaign provides GCC help with mission

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Taking care of the core while reaching for the stars — that’s one way to describe what happens at Greenfield Community College. On the surface, the school is fulfilling its mission that it started with back in 1962 when it opened: offering people of Franklin County an opportunity … 0

Editorial: Park makeover just one puzzle piece

Monday, May 11, 2015

A planned $700,000 makeover of the hidden and often overlooked Green River Park in Greenfield sounds wonderful, if expensive. The plan includes the town’s first dog park, an urban amenity that many of Greenfield’s hilltown neighbors might not appreciate, but dog owners in the “city” will. Renovations will … 0

Editorial: Meehan has plenty of work to do

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Marty Meehan, the new president of the University of Massachusetts system, says he plans to be more of a presence on the flagship campus in Amherst. That’s good to hear … 0

Editorial: Watch Bernie run

Friday, May 8, 2015

Fellow Americans, please join us in putting down the hammer, setting aside that big work project and telling those dirty dishes they can wait. Together, let’s climb to the nearest mountaintop, drink in the latest news from the presidential race and shout: Bernie! All right, all right, we … 0

Editorial: DCF struggles continue

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Eighteen months ago, the disappearance and death of Jeremiah Oliver revealed the holes in the state’s safety net as put together by the Department of Children and Families. What Massachusetts residents saw this week is that the issues plaguing DCF are bigger than first thought, with money and … 0

Editorial: Tsarnaev deserves a lifetime punishment

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Life or death? Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has already admitted guilt in the Boston Marathon bombing that left three dead and 264 injured, awaits his fate. A federal jury must now decide if Tsarnaev will be executed for his … 0

Editorial: Leave ‘birthright’ alone

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Anti-immigration fervor consumes too much energy, especially in Congress. Having seen legislative efforts stumble or fall short in either keeping undocumented immigrants out or sending home those already here, sights are now set on a higher goal: denying United States birthright citizenship by changing the Constitution’s 14th Amendment. … 2

Zinan/My Turn: A crowded Republican presidential field

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

With the first presidential primary a mere nine months away, Republican contenders are lining up in droves in their quest for the highest political office. The Democratic Party has chosen to live or die with Hillary Rodham Clinton, though Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is running for the nomination, … 1

Editorial: Call for help with EMT shortage

Monday, May 4, 2015

Eighty square miles, about 2,050 people, narrow winding roads — and too few EMTs. That’s the bind that Charlemont, Rowe and Hawley find themselves in as the 21st century unfolds with all its mobile medical marvels. Because the three towns served by Charlemont Ambulance Service can’t muster enough … 0