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Mary Collins: Let’s create 413 Day
04-15-2024 4:34 PM

St. Louis, Missouri (area code 314) has a yearly event to celebrate their city. Appropriately, it’s called 314 Day.Begun in 2006 to show love and support for the city, the event includes numerous activities and festivities citywide.I daresay we should...

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Guest columnist David E. Sullivan: Gun buyback a worthy effort
04-11-2024 4:19 PM

By DAVID E. SULLIVAN

 As district attorney for 47 towns that make up the Northwestern District, I invite everyone to consider turning in unwanted firearms and ammunition this Saturday, April 13, when our office holds its third Gun Buyback in Greenfield and...


Officials talk funding for, hear feedback on Northern Tier Passenger Rail
04-01-2024 1:58 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s study of the Northern Tier Passenger Rail project continues, officials and consultants recently collected more feedback and laid out some of its potential funding streams in the final public meeting...


Northampton’s climate action chief resigns after 6 months, city names interim leader
03-28-2024 4:44 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A little more than year since the creation of the department and less than six months since appointing its first director, Northampton’s Climate Action and Project Administration (CAPA) has already appointed a new interim director in a...


Deerfield woman gets probation in stabbing case
03-28-2024 11:56 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield woman was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation after admitting in Franklin County Superior Court to stabbing the 82-year-old husband of a woman she was caring for as a personal care attendant last year.Kady J....


Guest columnist John Bos: With trust gone, cult seems bad choice
03-25-2024 4:12 PM

By JOHN BOS

My regular column was missing last Saturday because the metastatic cancer that has taken up residence in my lower back got in the way of my writing. Now, on a new regimen of infusion of radioactive isotopes designed to target my unwelcome cancer...


Valley Bounty: Fermentation meets cooperation: Real Pickles in Greenfield supports and supplies the regional food system
03-22-2024 9:58 AM

By JACOB NELSON

A knock on the door interrupts the conversation. Someone is here to trade cheese for Real Pickles’ fermented veggies.Kate Hunter, a marketing coordinator, assistant sales manager, and worker-owner at Real Pickles, gets up to confirm the terms. Out the...


Columnist Tolley M. Jones: Faces of Medicine
03-13-2024 4:40 PM

By TOLLEY M. JONES

“If you think we live in the land of the free, you should try to be black like me.” — Mickey GuytonHave you ever been told as a child you can’t possibly be as smart as you are? Have you ever been accused of cheating because your test scores were...


Guest columnist Ben Grosscup: Support a cease-fire in Ukraine!
03-05-2024 3:18 PM

By BEN GROSSCUP

I agree with the Feb. 23 guest column by Dr. E. Martin Schotz [“Rethinking U.S. interests on anniversary of war in Ukraine”]. The war in Ukraine must end with a cease-fire between the NATO-armed Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Russian Army. Achieving...


R. J. Rajballie: History: Let’s get it right before we use it
03-05-2024 3:15 PM

Guest columnist Bob Couch [“Where is the wisdom? Much very wrong in ‘Age of Ignorance,’” Gazette, Feb. 27] decries widespread “ignorance” and the “far too many people” in present-day America who are “trying to appear erudite” by lacing their opinions...


Ahmad Esfahani: Polar-Bearization of society
03-04-2024 1:03 PM

‘Our side is the good side, and your side is the bad side.”How amazing the human organism can be. “My side wears blue and yellow.” “Oh yeah, well my side wears black, red, white, and green.” It is often comical to find one’s existence within a nation...


At state budget hearing at GCC, school officials share unique challenges faced by rural districts
03-03-2024 11:14 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — School officials and community members from up and down the Pioneer Valley honed in on one of the most important local education issues — rural school funding — during a state budget hearing late last week that also included discussion...


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 for Republican State Committee in the Massachusetts Republican Primary on March 5. Massachusetts has been called a “uni-party” state because most elected Republicans are indistinguishable...


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...

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