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 don’t agree with what Collins said about the wealthy homeowners in the area of the Meadows. I live right next to the … 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 for the recall of an unfit elected official. Sadly, this account lacked accuracy and failed … 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 note that there is NO teen center (leaky AC or not) and no general community … 0

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Letter: ‘Thugs’

Monday, May 11, 2015

I have heard recently that the term “thugs” in the media has been popular. The mayor of Baltimore, the president, and almost all of Fox “News” have used the term. Now despite what happened in Baltimore and Ferguson and New York and Cleveland and Tulsa and Los Angeles … 0

Letter: Vermont Yankee safety

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Re: your April 20 editorial, “Safety Trumps Shortcuts.” Everyone I know at Vermont Yankee agrees that nuclear safety trumps everything else. It is non-negotiable, every day. This I know personally from my many years experience as a Vermont Yankee employee. Neither Vermont Yankee nor any other U.S. nuclear … 0

Letter: Beyond the headlines

Friday, May 8, 2015

According to the April 25 headline article “Berkshire Gas rep. makes case for pipeline,” Christopher Farrell caused quite a stir at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast the previous week, making several strong points: That we will get some of the gas if the TGP is built. Opponents of … 1

Letter: Whately vote

Friday, May 8, 2015

I want to apologize to our neighboring towns. At Whately’s annual town meeting, we were unable to muster a “yes” vote to oppose the Tennessee Gas pipeline. The vote was close, many wanted to support our fellow towns and neighbors in the 16 communities currently slated to have … 0

Letter: LGBTQ support

Thursday, May 7, 2015

I am writing in response to Susan Hollins’ My Turn: “Vital to LGBTQ students.” As a teacher at Greenfield High School, I applaud Dr. Hollins’s advocacy of the State Board of Education’s updated best practice guidelines for supporting LGBTQ youth. Three years ago, I helped to found Spectrum, … 0

Letter: Proud of his work

Thursday, May 7, 2015

I was very proud and privileged to be part of the Arc of Massachusetts annual meeting held in Natick. My husband and best friend, Ed Porter, was awarded A “Decades of Service” plaque for his many years at the United Arc in Greenfield. Ed has been the CEO … 0

Letter: Time to move on

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

It’s been over three years since the town entered into negotiations with Mark Zaccheo and his proposal to purchase the building for use as an apartment complex. Since that time, the purchase price has dropped from $50,000 to $1. Also since that time, the town (at taxpayers’ cost) … 0

Letter: Take down bridge

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Here’s what I think about Heath Road Bridge in Colrain: Instead of spending money, year after year, repairing the first bridge on Heath Road, we should demolish it. That bridge stands over a very tiny, tiny brook, which enters the field above Heath Road. The Town of Colrain … 0

Letter: Councilor went too far

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I appreciated the April 23 coverage of the Appointments and Ordinances Committee meeting that was held on April 13 to discuss an ordinance proposed by Isaac Mass that would invalidate legally enacted Board of Health regulations. I attended the meeting and observed, with disgust, the rude and disrespectful … 0

Letter: Knowing history

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Brad Brigham and Lou Barber, on the same page, on the same day, addressing serious matters that concern all of us, encourage me that there are people in this world who realize the truth of Bob Marley’s dictum “ ... if you know your history, then you know … 0