Opinion

Editorial: State should keep hands off this gift

Thursday, January 29, 2015

One of the feel-good stories around Massachusetts lately has been Nicole Bollerman. She’s the third-grade teacher at an elementary school in Dorchester who won prize money from Capital One’s “Wish For Others” campaign back in December. Her submission in part said, “My #wishforothers is that my voracious, adorable, hardworking, loving scholars all leave for their December break with a book in their hand ... Their love for reading and life … 0

In the Arena: Key help wanted post

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Now that the “storm of the century” is behind us, Greenfield’s mayor plans to turn his attention to finding a replacement for Economic Development Director Bob Pyers, who officially leaves the job Monday. “That’s something I’m going to have to tackle beginning this week,” Martin said. “We’ve got a lot of things going on and we need someone in that job, maybe even … 0

Letter: Wrong on connection

Thursday, January 29, 2015

In his Jan. 16 letter to the editor, Karl Meyer incorrectly intimated a connection between Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline and two LNG facilities in eastern Massachusetts owned by subsidiaries of FirstLight Power Resource’s parent company, GDF SUEZ. There is no such connection. In fact, FirstLight’s sister company Distrigas has well documented communications with the New England States’ Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) regarding the … 0

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Letter: Time for carbon fee

Thursday, January 29, 2015

“Cheap gas hurts U.S. energy efforts” says Recorder editor, Tim Blagg in his Jan. 19 column. He asserts that our dependence on oil from the Middle East has driven foreign policy in the region. This is certainly true. It’s been the subtext for justifying two costly wars in … 0

Editorial: Glad this storm wasn’t historic

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If you live in Franklin County and woke up Tuesday morning and wondered where all the snow was, you weren’t alone: A winter storm for the ages? How about a bust? To be fair, the weather predictions of … 0

Letter: Cosby accusations

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

When I first read the concerned, protective article about our neighbor Bill Cosby regarding the recent accusations he is facing, I was appalled. We all recognize his generosity and yet, I thought, rape is a serious and violent crime regardless of other acts of kindness an individual has … 0

Letter: What’s his vehicle?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In a recent column, The Recorder’s Tim Blagg was complaining about the cheap gas prices. I think that the overwhelming majority of us are enjoying them. He wants us to abandon our high mileage vehicles to lower our personal energy consumption. With Tim touting hybrid cars and in … 0

Letter: Handicapped access

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On a recent outing to Greenfield Gardens Cinemas with my wheelchair-bound father, I was appalled to find out how poorly equipped the cinema is to provide equal access to handicapped customers, as mandated by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. My father arrived in an electric wheelchair and … 0

Editorial: An early challenge for Gov. Baker

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has determined that the budget deficit Massachusetts faces today stands at $765 million. That there was a budget deficit isn’t exactly news. Former Gov. Deval Patrick let the state know back before the November election that the commonwealth was running in the red, thus … 0

Browning/My Turn: The right shoe

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I recently conducted a shoe-c utting party for the charity, Sole Hope, at the Greenfield Public library. I was so inspired that I am thinking of hosting another event in February. Let me share: From the time I … 0

Amyot/My Turn: Our drive to reduce plastic use

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Imagine my surprise Friday morning when I read in The Recorder that our group was trying to get a measure passed without following democratic procedures. About a year ago, our group approached the Town Council’s Appointments and Ordinances Committee about the possibility of banning plastic water bottles in … 0

Letter: Our educational dollar

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I would like to comment on the front-page article of The Recorder on Obama’s education plan. President Obama has presented a plan to make community college education free for qualified students. As GCC President Pura said, this policy is a radical change in U.S. history making higher education … 0

Letter: Helping out

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What two ways can you help yourself and help the fire and police? That yellow thing, a fire hydrant, could be cleared of snow. This water source allows the Fire Department to put out fires. Hope we never need the darn thing, but, an ounce of prevention is … 0