Opinion

Editorial: State doesn’t want to get burned by marijuana

Friday, March 27, 2015

When it comes to budding prospects of marijuana becoming legal in Massachusetts, there is one question that state officials have to answer: Do they want to be ahead or behind the curve? Given the state’s experience so far with medical marijuana, advance preparations for what is surely on the horizon makes sense. One such step has been a group of legislators putting together a bill that would pave the way … 0

Letter: Let diplomacy work

Friday, March 27, 2015

Diplomacy is an important tool for our country in these trying times. Forty-seven Republican senators recently sent a warning letter to Iranian leaders threatening to blow up any diplomatic deal negotiated by President Obama. This letter wasn’t just bad politics — it was a dangerous attempt to undermine negotiations with Iran. The leader of the letter, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ariz., has explicitly stated … 0

Letter: Trail blazer

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sunderland Elementary School might just be the trend-setter and pioneer in promoting cross-country skiing in which other schools hopefully will adopt. Each winter the school’s cafeteria is transformed into a cross-country ski base lodge. The kids can munch on snacks and then venture out on the playground for an instructional ski session followed by relay races and other fun events. Now of this … 0

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Editorial: Senate holds AG nominee hostage

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Over the past couple of years, Americans have witnessed the U.S. House of Representatives being turned into something that often resembles a Saturday Night Live skit rather than a serious group of public officials trying to reach reasonable compromises. Recently, we’ve heard members make statements so full of … 0

In the Arena: It gets hot in Montague

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I’ve experienced some tense moments covering local government, but few to rival what occurred at Monday’s Montague selectmen’s meeting. The topic was whether the board would sign a new contract with current cable access television provider, Montague Community Cable Incorporated, or issue a “request for proposals” for a … 0

Cahillane/My Turn: Caught with their pants down

Thursday, March 26, 2015

“PADDY PANTSDOWN!” Is one of my all-time favorite tabloid headlines. It ran in the Sun newspaper when a member of Parliament, Paddy Ashdown, admitted a five-year affair with his secretary. He was afterward knighted then named to the House of Lords as Baron Ashdown of Norton Sub-Hamdon. Ashdown … 0

Editorial: Conway neighbors show the way

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Right neighborly. That may seem some sort of quaint phrase to someone coming to western Massachusetts from outside the region — from the eastern part of the state or even one of the more urban areas south of here. But when you call one of the 26 communities … 0

Wyatt/My Turn: In Warwick, we’ve got answers on broadband project

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I am writing in reply to “Costly cable venture,” the March 20 letter to the editor regarding the Fiber-To-The-Home project that will be coming before the Warwick annual Town Meeting this May. The Warwick Broadband Committee has been meeting regularly and is working hard to answer all the … 0

Letter: Corporate bullying

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Recently, there were these two articles: “Pipeline pledge Deerfield vows legal action against state if survey permission granted” by Tom Relihan and “Gas pipeline foes parse draft impact report” by Richie Davis. These articles underscore the lack of transparency by both FERC and TGP concerning the potential invasion … 0

Letter: Staying informed

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Thanks much to The Recorder for reminding me that Sunshine Week has arrived. I am usually aware this First Amendment celebration is in the offing to remind and re-educate all of us about how critical it is that we have access to information about our government. Without independently … 0

Editorial: More openness, not less, should be the rule

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

State officials heard Saturday from those involved with local government who take issue with the current version of the Open Meeting Law. If you listened to the complaints, the law’s faults are many ... from complicated to petty or overly restrictive to impeding progress, and it was clear … 0

Culleny: Holy high rollers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Although Americans have a prevalent national faith, Christianity, we have another faith at least equally as fervent: Capitalism. In America, both are mythic and fundamental, which means they’re bound to our psyches like barnacles and cannot easily be … 0

Letter: YMCA a constant

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Aside from a few years where my job took me elsewhere, I’ve lived in Greenfield my whole life. I’ve noticed Greenfield go through many changes over the years from downtown to government, from schools to employers, from good to not so good and back to good again. But … 0