Letter: Thanks, utility workers!

Friday, December 19, 2014

We would like to express our appreciation for the diligent effort put forth to restore power to the thousands of people who lost their electricity due to the storm on Nov. 26. Some of you come from as far as Canada and others from nearby. You had to work in hazardous conditions and cope with the cold and heavy falling snow, but that did not stop you. One repair man … 0

Letter: They should have been freed

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thank goodness for lawyers like Stewart “Buz” Eisenberg. After years of unpaid work and dedicated effort his last client has left our prison camp on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sometimes when the law fails, as it did in the case of the Guantanamo detainees, lawyers can only serve as witness to illegality and injustice. This is heartbreaking, frustrating work, but very important, not only … 0

Letter: Some errors

Friday, December 19, 2014

F.Y.I. Erratum Pages 32, 33, 34, 42, 100 and 104 of “Franklin County Memories, Volume II, the 1800s thru 1979” their captions have been inadvertently misidentified. The image captions on the aforementioned pages should read as follows: • Page 32 - Float in a Fourth of July Parade at Turners Falls; at the First Street tenement block of the Montague Pulp Co. (International … 0

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Citizen honoree Zukowski praises team effort

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Like a ‘vacation from Hell’

Letter: Study too expensive?

Monday, December 15, 2014

As a taxpayer in the town of Orange, I would like to know why a feasibility study for a new school will cost $490,000? Perhaps this is a reasonable cost but I suspect one reason there isn’t stronger support in the town for the new school is that … 0

Letter: Warren’s true self

Sunday, December 14, 2014

“Warren draws praise, ire in 1st 2 years in Senate” was the headline of a story on a Monday noting Elizabeth Warren’s two-year anniversary of being elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. I think the photographer who took the photo associated with the story captured her true … 0

Letter: New route no better

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Kinder Morgan, the Houston-based company that planned to install a $5 billion 36-inch, 127-mile pipeline from the border of New York to Dracut, announced Dec. 6 it will change part of the route through New Hampshire to bypass some 14 towns in central Massachusetts where opposition to the … 0

Letter: A community’s loss

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Oh Barbara, Oh Barbara, what have you done now? Barbara Tillmanns was my friend, a dear friend. I sure hope the Greenfield community realizes what she did for her community. The one where she put out plastic Easter eggs on The Common; the one where she decorated the … 0

Letter: Hospice merger

Friday, December 12, 2014

I write you as a supporter of Hospice of Franklin County (HoFC). I was introduced to HoFC while witnessing the tender devotion this organization dedicated to a friend of mine in his final weeks. I joined the board several years ago and now serve as the treasurer. Hospice … 0

Letter: Sad approach

Friday, December 12, 2014

When I saw the article “Baker promises to get homeless out of hotels,” I thought, that’s kind of a heartless headline. I read the article to find out what our new Governor-elect proposes to do to help the unfortunate families living in Greenfield hotels, but I discovered that … 1

Letter: Now there is hope

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I want to share with others who have a diagnosis of achalasia that there now is hope for a complete reversal of the condition and return to normal eating and a normal life. Esophageal achalasia is a disorder involving the smooth muscle layer of the esophagus and the lower esophageal … 0

Letter: CO2 levels

Thursday, December 11, 2014

To Jim who is not convinced “to what extent, if any, humans are responsible for increased CO2 levels.” Fossil fuels are so called because coal, oil, and gas are the remains of plants that have been buried and transformed underground for many millions of years. It is my … 0

Letter: Please return wallet

Thursday, December 11, 2014

On Friday evening Dec. 5. my 17-year-old son’s wallet was stolen in Turners Falls. Somewhere between 8 and 10 p.m. At this point, the contents of the wallet are far more important than the money that was in it. Friday after school, Austin had stopped at the bank … 0

Letter: Body cameras

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hand of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any future mistreatment of suspects. There is ample precedent. Animal protection activists have used … 0