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Susan Malley: Elect Ryan and O'Sullivan for Republican State Committee
02-29-2024 3:39 PM

Please join me in voting for Chris Ryan and Sue O’Sullivan in the Massachusetts Republican Primary on March 5. Massachusetts has been called a “uni-party” state because most elected Republicans are indistinguishable from Democrats. They are RINOs:...

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Starbucks plans Mohawk Trail shop in Greenfield, Friendly’s to close
02-27-2024 9:13 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With an application coming before the Planning Board next week, Starbucks is brewing up its first Franklin County location.The national coffeehouse chain will come before the Planning Board on March 7 in pursuit of site plan approval to...


Judith Schiavone and Barbara Pearson: Mobilizing poor and low-income voters
02-27-2024 5:12 PM

In a country with so much wealth, it is immoral that poverty is the fourth leading cause of death. Especially while, for example, our elected officials choose to spend billions of dollars to bail out corrupt bankers and refuse to have Wall Street and...


MassDEP’s Clean Heat Standard poised to advance energy shift
02-27-2024 4:00 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

While many communities have made progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, many experts believe the next big step statewide will involve electrifying home heating systems, a process the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is...


Starbucks plans Mohawk Trail shop in Greenfield, Friendly’s to close
02-27-2024 1:29 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With an application coming before the Planning Board next week, Starbucks is brewing up its first Franklin County location.The national coffeehouse chain will come before the Planning Board on March 7 in pursuit of site plan approval to...


Guest columnist Jon Huer: When giving is only false charity
02-26-2024 6:16 PM

By JON HUER

During the holidays, we hear much about giving. A strange thing about giving: We commoners simply “give,” but if a rich man does, it’s called “philanthropy,” literally “love of humanity.” It sounds noble and mysterious, but what really is...


LifePath gets $125K grant to facilitate benefits enrollment
02-19-2024 9:14 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With a $125,000 grant from the National Council on Aging, LifePath is looking to help folks in Franklin and Hampshire counties, as well as the North Quabbin region, get past the complex forms and eligibility requirements for numerous...


GCC nursing students talk single-payer health care, workplace safety concerns with WMass legislators
02-13-2024 8:04 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Some two dozen aspiring nurses spent Monday morning rubbing elbows with four of the region’s top politicians, where they were able to ask what they could do to drum up support for single-payer health care to how to better protect medical...


Guest columnist Al Norman: Raising the estate tax on the very richest Americans
02-08-2024 9:22 PM

By AL NORMAN

‘The greatest threat to our national security is our nation’s debt,” said Louisiana Republican Mike Johnson in his first speech in November after being elected speaker of the U.S. House. “Tough decisions will have to be made, but the consequences if...


Columnist Tolley Jones: Black women rising
02-07-2024 7:07 PM

By TOLLEY M. JONES

The other day I was in my office working on a grant report with my door closed, when suddenly loud and joyous laughter exploded in the hallway. My fellow brown female coworkers were laughing the way brown women laugh when they are surrounded by other...


Guest columnist Doug Selwyn: High-stakes testing regime the opposite of educating kids
02-04-2024 10:32 AM

By DOUG SELWYN

We are now a month away from MCAS season, and I urge readers to learn more about the Thrive Act, which would end the MCAS as a graduation requirement, would end district receivership, and would establish a commission to develop an assessment system...


Neal, McGovern: House passage of $78B tax bill a win for families
02-02-2024 7:56 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALLand CHRIS LARABEE

SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal touted a new tax relief bill passed by the House of Representatives this week, and shared his views on U.S. foreign policy during a gathering with the press on Friday morning.Speaking in the atrium inside the...


Todd Damon: Something to think about
02-02-2024 5:19 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed Jack Hornor’s Feb. 1 letter to the editor, “Trump backers aren’t somehow ‘less than.’” It would have been easier for him to simply stay silent, especially in the deep blue valley. In the letter, the writer talks about tolerance...


Guest columnist Daniel Cantor Yalowitz: Why does winning have to mean someone loses?
01-29-2024 7:01 AM

By DANIEL CANTOR YALOWITZ

“Winning is not everything, it’s the only thing.” — Vince Lombardi (1955)We live in an increasingly ultra-competitive world. In the U.S., our children are trained from an early age not only about determination, discipline, and persistence, but also...


New details emerge in fatal plane crash on Greenfield-Leyden line
01-26-2024 10:15 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

LEYDEN — The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the Jan. 14 fatal plane crash in the Leyden Wildlife Management Area, detailing eyewitness accounts as well as the plane’s flight path and conditions. Fly Lugu...


If the land could speak: Community gardens on land with social justice roots
01-25-2024 3:54 PM

By PAT JAMES

Community gardens grow on all kinds of land. Many gardens start as derelict lots, long abandoned by owners who sometimes reclaim the property after community gardeners reveal its beauty and productivity.Schools and parks are common sites for community...


Child and family care providers hail reimbursement rate hike
01-18-2024 8:30 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Local child and family care providers are hailing the Healey-Driscoll administration’s recent boost of reimbursement rates for child care services as a “welcome change.” Last week the Board of Early Education and Care approved Gov. Maura Healey’s...


Flight instructors, student pilot killed in plane crash on Greenfield-Leyden line
01-15-2024 12:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Authorities on Monday identified the three victims of the fatal plane crash on the Greenfield-Leyden line on Sunday.Fredrika Ballard, 53, of Southwick, William Hampton, 68, of Indian Orchard, and Chad Davidson, 29, of Woodstock,...


Point-in-Time count to tally region’s homeless population
01-15-2024 9:45 AM

By MARY BYRNE

Social service agencies across the region will team up this month to get a head count of people sleeping in shelters and, in some cases, outside.The annual Point-in-Time count is a national initiative set up by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...


Guest columnist Daniel Cantor Yalowitz: Building on King’s legacy with action
01-15-2024 6:01 AM

By DANIEL CANTOR YALOWITZ

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Stride Toward Freedom (1958)The wars that rage around the world are not only to be found elsewhere, beyond our soil and nation. Yes,...


Three killed in plane crash near Greenfield-Leyden town line
01-14-2024 5:13 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

Federal and local authorities say three people were killed on Sunday when a Beechcraft Baron aircraft crashed near the Greenfield-Leyden town line.According to Greenfield Deputy Police Chief William Gordon, the crash, involving a twin-engine,...

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