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Letter: The art scene

Monday, September 15, 2014

We read with great concern Dan Brown’s letter of Sept. 8 with its dire assessment of the art scene in Franklin County. Are we talking of the survival of art or the survival of artists? We suggest that what needs to be nourished for survival is the appreciation of the arts. Art created in a vacuum without an audience is invisibly tragic. Artists who are compelled to make art, will … 0

Letter: Advocates sought

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pick any number between one and 10 and you may land on the number of placements that a child involved in foster care has experienced. These moves can mean moving from school to school and never keeping friends; it can mean leaving a town that feels familiar and leaving the only family you know. It certainly means being shuffled around an overburdened child … 0

Letter: Let’s elect Johnson

Sunday, September 14, 2014

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Town of Erving will hold a Special Election to elect a new selectman for a two-year period for the vacated position. I believe the best person for the position of Erving Selectman is Arthur (Art) Johnson. Art has lived in Erving for a number of years, and has been appointed by the Board of Selectmen as the town’s … 0

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Letter: Out of place

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Silver Street Misfits: 1. The new Greenfield High School. The height of the school is wrong for the area. The original high school had the height next to the park for a reason. 2. The Burma Shave advertisements. Poetry is great in the right place. RONALD S. SZULBOSKI … 0

Letter: Let the story show

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Gee, what’s wrong with those people in Ferguson, Mo.? Can’t they just write letters to the editor and sign petitions? Editor Blagg asserts that the victim, Michael Brown, had a “sterling character” according to family and friends. I would like to know where he got that information; I … 0

Letter: Non-partisan? You’re kidding

Monday, August 25, 2014

Like many other readers, when I opened the mailbox this afternoon, I was greeted by a glossy color mailing from For those unfamiliar with this organization, just flip to the back page, where they describe themselves as a “non-profit” “non-partisan” organization “committed to improving the quality of … 0

Letter: Our hyprocrisy

Monday, August 25, 2014

Gov. Patrick signed the “Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety” bill and then presumably enjoyed a “steak” or a “hamburger” for lunch. The only thing more staggering than the intellectual compartmentalization and moral hypocrisy represented here is the extent to which it is perfectly, pervasively “normal” in the lives … 0

Letter: Stop fueling our crisis

Monday, August 25, 2014

Do we really want to pump as much natural gas as possible into the world’s economic engine so that we can race to the next crash? After hearing the company presentation at GCC, it is clear that the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline is a business venture … 0

Letter: Water for the world

Monday, August 25, 2014

In the next two months, Congress has the opportunity to improve the way it spends U.S. foreign aid on clean water, sanitation and hygiene programs so that countries with the least access become the priority. But the bipartisan bill that would do so is not yet a priority … 0

Letter: Our ‘problem’

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wal-Mart, Walgreens have a certain ring to their names. Does Mr. Norman have fetish for companies whose names start with “Wal.” How come he didn’t mention Stop & Shop or Apple or any of the hundreds of companies. Boycott Walgreens. No, I think everyone should boycott Greenfield. Before … 0

Letter: Just a microcosm

Monday, August 25, 2014

Regarding the Market Basket press, doesn’t anybody get it, including our governor? ... Here is a locally owned chain of grocery stores run by Arthur T. DeMoulas, who provided above-average wages and truly much-lower grocery prices. The workers are doing more than screaming for their old boss. They … 0

Letter: What’s important

Sunday, August 24, 2014

What is the most important THING now? Is it money, fame, position? Is it doing good? Is it consideration of others? Is it getting one’s way? Is it obeying the law literally or by the spirit? Of course, money is somewhat important, especially if one does not have … 0

Letter: Body cameras no answer

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Are police the only people who should be forced to wear body cameras? Why not lawyers and car salesman? What about prison guards, or even day-care providers? We have courts to weigh evidence and pass judgment. This is the purpose of a jury of peers. I think perhaps … 0