Opinion

Editorial: Signs of spring

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Admit it: Even if you’re the most diehard fan of winter and just love skiing, snowmobiling or the frigid beauty nature creates with snow and ice, this winter has been a little taxing. All the snow and frigid temperatures have brought a renewed understanding of the term “cabin fever.” But with a record-breaking cold February receding from view, we can turn out attention to March and all that it has … 0

In the Arena: I don't see a discount store getting built in Greenfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It’s time to face the painful truth, Greenfield — you are never getting your discount retail department store. The running joke used to be that I would only believe Greenfield had a big-box retail store when I was shopping in it. Now, I’m not even prepared to go that far, especially in light of the recent state Appeals Court ruling that the Massachusetts … 0

Letter: ‘Supper for Six’ success

Thursday, March 5, 2015

On Feb. 10, Women’s Way an affiliate of United Way of Franklin County, hosted a special event “Supper for Six” at the Hampton Inn in Greenfield. Scores of area women attended this event, each bringing one or more reusable grocery bags filled with nonperishable food items. The idea was to provide meals for a day for a family of six. On a cold … 0

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Letter: To our rescue

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Many many thanks to the midnight crew of the Greenfield Fire Department for coming to the rescue and checking out a serious woodstove concern. And also to Berkshire Brush for a prompt, neat, and carefully provided service. They made possible a happy ending to a scary experience for … 0

Editorial: Netanyahu’s speech pure political theater

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s appearance before Congress Tuesday was pure political theater ... directed at making domestic points and enacted both by House Republicans and Netanyahu himself. At the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner and other … 0

Okun/My Turn: White Ribbon Day

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Major League Baseball beginning domestic violence prevention workshops at spring training. The White House launching the “It’s on Us” initiative to prevent sexual assault. Emma Watson and the United Nations are spearheading the new HeforShe movement. Men promoting gender equality and decrying violence against women is “suddenly” the … 0

Letter: Shocking increase

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The recent rate increase by Eversource, formerly WMECO, was approved by the state as a 29 percent increase. From December to January, my cost per kilowatt hour increased from 8.844 cents to 14.228 cents per hour. The difference, 5.384 cents, is 61 percent of 8.844. By my math … 0

Letter: Recommended diet

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The U.S. Advisory Panel on Dietary Guidelines has finally mustered the courage to recommend that Americans eat less meat and dairy products. And not just to lower our risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity, but also because it slows the rate of climate changes, with … 0

Letter: Net-metering cap

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Thank you to The (Greenfield) Recorder for your coverage of solar power and the recent public hearing on net-metering in Holyoke. Solar power is a boon to Massachusetts, combating pollution and reducing utility costs while keeping energy dollars local and creating jobs. Solar is an economic engine: every … 0

Letter: Clear those hydrants

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

In reference to clearing snow-covered fire hydrants: Upon numerous phone conversations with local and state officials, enforcement is necessary for the safety of all us in fire emergency. Bylaws are not enforced without fines or enforcement agent. We need a designated fire delegate (12-month position) in each and … 0

Editorial: Baker jumps in on homelessness

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Give Gov. Charlie Baker credit for quickly wading into how the state handles homelessness. It’s an increasing problem here in Massachusetts for the families feeling the direct impact of their situation, and as Greenfield knows better than most towns, that effect extends to communities that find themselves as … 0

Culleny: Our exceptional mythology

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Our national mythology leads us to believe in our own goodness. We turn to its scriptures when our sense of righteousness needs stiffening. In them we find words like, “We hold these truths to be self-evident …” or … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: Committed to feeding our neighbors

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

At The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, our mission is to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger. Since 1982, we have been providing emergency food to tens of thousands of food-insecure individuals every year, through our member agencies (including local food pantries, … 0