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You have a point. A better idea may be to drop all current religious holiday schedules in public schools, and offer a certain number of excused absences for every kid celebrating any holiday. That way, your/ my kid doesn't have to miss class because your/my kid chooses to. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Board flunks answer to holidays request

Concerning the Lamson and Goodnow complex, has anyone involved considered contacting Artspace Projects, in Minneapolis? They have a fantastic track record for more urban development for artist live-work and retail space...but I'm wondering if a smaller rural project with a lot of support (which translates to streamlining the process of funding and development) and a ready-made community, might interest them? It's free to contact them, and a feasibility study may well be worth it. Artist live-work space would provide a long-term anchor for the village...and just the idea would bring in interested parties. Just a thought. It could serve as a sustainable development model that could be replicated throughout the region on a scale---and in the manner---everyone could support. ...(full comment)

Singley’s Furniture to close doors Saturday

So does this mean that Isaac Mass has given up on his clever disguise as 'the guy who wants what's best for Franklin County' and is now just playing dirty? Frankly, I applaud him. Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy. Isaac, now that you are showing your true colors- because I'm SURE your client didn't seek you out on his own, nor did he come up with those [rather large] numbers without -um- 'legal advice' - does this mean we have finally seen the last of your misguided political aspirations? Oh, thank HEAVENS!!! And in the spirit of your new-found honesty, will we EVER learn why you never graduated Tulane, even with a ROTC scholarship? Also- BayState Health should start checking the tires of their emergency response vehicles for teeth marks. Just a heads up, guys. ...(full comment)

Pumpkinfest faces $1.2M smoke, noise lawsuit

Well done, Masha! Kindly also watch and share: "PTSD and Transcendental Meditation - David George, Infantryman" (2:34; YouTube) and "Transcendental Meditation Improves Performance at Military University" (6:42; www.YouTube.com / excellent!) Thanks, Bill @ BillsArtBox.com ...(full comment)

At Arms’ Length: The Photography of Masha Arms

One in Montague... why the need for one in Greenfield? Good luck to you. ...(full comment)

John Deere dealer coming to Greenfield

Dinner menu would be good... your regular menu along with specials and take a few pointers from Kali B's in Turners... Chicken wings of all flavors ...(full comment)

An Erving classic

Many people in the audience had known Masha, but as a relative newcomer, she was news to me. Really an interesting person. I look forward to getting the book. ...(full comment)

At Arms’ Length: The Photography of Masha Arms

Fantastic article. Fun and informative. Thanks so much! ...(full comment)

Zombies penetrate Sunderland maze: A reporter’s narrow escape

I find people who resort to name calling and insults do so because they have nothing intelligent to add to a debate or conversation. ...(full comment)

Letter: Democrat tricks

At a time when many folks in Northern MA were devastated by news of a proposed pipeline, Denise Andrews was engaged immediately, advocating for MA residents, marching with us, willing to listen, and to make the time to be at countless events. Her opponent may be locally supportive, but Denise immediately took action on behalf of the entire district and was present for all events: and she spoke eloquently on behalf of MA citizens at significant events raising awareness. She was interested and encouraged people to share information with her. She didn't deserve the smear campaign before the election. It was impressive to see how interested, attentive, and responsive Ms. Andrews was. If this is a "blowtorch" that's what we should all have from our representatives. ...(full comment)

Andrews, Whipps Lee talk jobs, pipeline, hunting in debate

Maura Healey has a genuine concern for the citizens of Massachusetts: not investment interests or Saudi Arabian legal concerns, and her devotion to the citizens of the commonwealth who work hard and play fair is palpable. This is an amazing candidate: vibrant and with devoted energy for us, and fine legal skills she will bring to the Attorney General's office. Martha Coakley deserves much credit in hiring a stellar and gifted attorney for the A.G.'s office, and taking on cases the public doesn't always hear about. For example, years ago, Charlie Baker shelved the Americans with Disabilities Act in Massachusetts: Martha Coakley brought it forward and saw it through. She has also gone after lending fraud in Massachusetts and defended homeowner's in unfair disputes with unscrupulous mortgage companies. . . the list goes on. Local residents may need to be reminded that Charlie Baker was in charge of "investors" for the Big Dig (initial estimate of 2.5 billion, that mushroomed into a 22 billion dollar morass of corruption and even death for one unfortunate MA citizen. . . which MA will be paying for until 2038 through department of transportation costs. He may be past it, but for those of us who remember, that was a bitter pill to swallow, and this harmed our communities profoundly. Most of us remember that the Big Dig nearly bankrupted Western, MA as funds and austerity programs orchestrated under Baker's leadership syphoned off money from our local communities. His wealthy investor pals likely made out rawtha well. Recently, Mr. Baker has had private fundraisers with Republican Party elites and former governors. He has a nearly limitless bankroll for campaigning: subsidized by the .01% who also back Mitt Romney. His big plan of "reforming" "welfare fraud" has been used these last forty or so years, to syphon money from state programs that benefit everyone, mostly working people, or those who would like to be working but get outsourced. Wealth inequality is tanking our economy, and Charlie is here looking for another investor feeding frenzy. Many people are still suffering from his efforts last time, and without taking responsibility himself, he wants to shame and excoriate the many folks whose lives were adversely affected by his last involvement in government. So please vote for candidates who want to represent MA citizens, not pillage Massachusetts to line their already bulging wallets. We have a great team, and Maura and Martha will serve Massachusetts citizens' real interests. It's time to level the playing field for those of us who have worked hard in our communities. ...(full comment)

Healey hears from opioid task force

This looks like another excellent opportunity for women to step up, run for office, and put the old horses out to pasture. ...(full comment)

Hawley voters end bitter town meeting early

Chip: Nice note on my Brother- In - Law Mike Russo, truly a legend in the world of college soccer. That competitive fire all began on the Russo hill in Deerfield as you we'll remember. That competitive torch has now been passed to his nephews who are making their mark in football and baseball at Frontier. Wish we could relive those early days on the hill. Best Regards; Ted Gewanter ...(full comment)

Keeping Score: The long goodbye