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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, the town hall was so full that … 0

Letter: Rescuing Old Glory

Friday, May 29, 2015

On Tuesday, May 26, at about 1:30 p.m, I had stopped in Greenfield on my way home from Vermont. As I got back on I-91 south, I noticed a state police vehicle pulled to the right side of the highway with its lights going. Naturally I looked to see what was going on. I noticed a state trooper negotiating his way across the … 0

Letter: True man of faith

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The financially and physically disadvantaged of Franklin County lost a true advocate recently with the passing of Richard Bole. As well as serving on a number of community service boards, Dick was always out on the front lines trying to improve people’s lives. Whether it was manning a kettle for Salvation Army at Foster’s or raising money for kid’s backpacks and school supplies, … 0

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Letter: Carbon fee

Thursday, May 28, 2015

How can we best curb global warming emissions? The answer is a revenue-neutral carbon fee, which would give electric utilities and automobile manufacturers an incentive to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. The challenge comes in getting support from the public and politicians. Despite predictable opposition from fossil-fuel interests, … 0

Letter: Concert magic

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Greenfield Middle School was the site of an outstanding concert performance recently by the GHS band and chorus. The band was directed by Greenfield’s new music instructor, Liesel Keller, and assisted by local veteran music educators Maria Scotera (Greenfield Middle School) and Ted Wirt (Mohawk). The 17-member chorus … 0

Letter: Sorry they’re gone

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Recently, we lost one of our priceless blessings and an absolute gem in our area, Bruce’s Browser. Diane Lincoln and her team created an oasis to refresh our souls and our community. Whether enjoying a milkshake made by Mary, reading the fabulous bumper sticker collection, buying local artists’ … 0

Letter: Timetable mistake

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It is a tale as old as railroading: the disconnect between the marketing and the operating departments. Add in a bunch of foolish politicians trying to get the egg off their faces and you are going to miss your train. I’m referring to the newly published AMTRAK SYSTEM … 0

Letter: Healthy teen choices

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Spring time brings excitement for teens as they make plans for prom and graduation. This time of year is a high-risk time for underage drinking and illegal drug use. As parents and guardians, being informed and prepared can keep your children safe. While most students will make healthy … 0

Letter: Losing old soldiers

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Once again, it is Memorial Day here in picturesque upper Buckland. Glancing from side to side, I take note of the stately old maple trees that line this route. As a boy, I used to crouch beneath these same trees while waiting for the school bus. Unfortunately youth … 0

Letter: Move Charlemont forward

Sunday, May 24, 2015

There is new life in the town of Charlemont. We have a major construction project at the site of the old drive-in. We have two new eating establishments and a sport shop in the village. Berkshire East has a Mountain Coaster. Our school’s agricultural focus has created enthusiasm … 0

Letter: My Meadows view

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I agree with Priscilla Collins; Greenfield is a small rural town and income levels are low and we are paying the third-highest property tax rate in the state ($17.5 per $1,000). We are paying more than double or triple most other towns and cities our size. But I … 0

Letter: Story focus

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Diane Broncaccio’s report about the Hawley annual Town Meeting (“Hawley voters OK amended recall, broadband articles,” May 13) devoted 16 of its 17 paragraphs to three articles that were added to the town warrant by petition. Two of these concerned WiredWest, one proposed a bylaw that would allow … 0

Letter: A place for all?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It was heartening to see the articles about the seniors talking to town officials about the services they want (although I am dubious with it being a “human rights issue”). We, as a community, should be having discussions about what extras we would like to fund. I will … 0