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Editorial: Dear Gov. (elect) Charlie Baker ...

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Dear Gov. (elect) Baker: We hope that you’re getting to spend a little quality time with family and friends during the holiday season. After all, in just a few short weeks you’ll be handed the keys to that fancy office on Beacon Hill, one of the perks that comes with being elected governor. We realize that besides the holidays, this has been quite a busy time for you since winning … 0

In the Arena: No rubber stamp here

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Anyone who came out of the most recent Greenfield elections automatically thinking that Isaac Mass and Penny Ricketts were going to be in the tank for Bill Martin should stop by GCTV and take a look at the videotape of the most recent Town Council meeting. Fortunately, the mayor was out of the country at the time, but his ears must have been … 0

Letter: Lost, wasted gas

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Berkshire Gas Company could expand its customer base if it started doing a better job of saving its current customers gas and money and helping to modernize their heating systems and appliances. Since the Kinder Morgan pipeline would not be available for three years under any circumstances, Berkshire Gas would be well-advised to update its business model rather than continue a multi-year … 0

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Charney/My Turn: My month of memorial

Friday, December 26, 2014

“All we ask is to be able to be the writers of our own story.” — Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal” My only and beloved brother died in the month of December. Mixed in with weather events and holiday plans, December has become my time of memorial. Each day … 0

Letter: The presidential field

Friday, December 26, 2014

I am a great admirer of both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Warren in particular has been an eloquent and effective critic of the financial services industry from her perch (soon to be lost, alas) as chair of the Senate Banking Committee. Yet I hope that neither of … 0

Editorial: Bringing Cuba in from the cold

Friday, December 26, 2014

Five decades: That’s how long the United States has kept its relationship with Cuba frozen in time. For 50-plus years, the U.S. has engaged in a strategic diplomacy regarding Cuba that was designed when the world was a … 0

Letter: Missing the point

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Dear Ms. Shea of Shelburne Falls, I think it is important for you to know that historically speaking, the “Christmas” tree tradition came from the Pagan celebration of Solstice, not the welcoming of Christ’s birth as you suggest. Instead of getting all upset and calling people names, may … 0

Editorial: On the eve of a special day

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A day of joy. A day of hope. A day of peace. Given how many terrible events have taken place around the world — death, destruction, disease, etc. — a time where love and the common good are the guide is what’s needed right now. Thankfully, this is … 0

Letter: Part of her legacy

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

In honor of Barbara Tillmanns’ life, I am passing along the following story: An example of Barbara’s love of Greenfield and her activism leaves a long-lasting mark on our community. Because of my connection to her, the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage is now housed in the Newell … 0

Letter: A close call

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

After a letter from a woman whose mother was almost hit by a car while crossing the street in front of the Farren Care Center, allow me to share a nearly tragic event. I was driving south on High Street tonight (Wednesday) and I stopped fast when I … 0

Editorial: Right message, wrong place

Monday, December 22, 2014

As the protesters filed into the annual Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast their eyes were shining with delight at their daring. After all, they were venturing into the heart of the county’s establishment to deliver their message: Black Lives Matter. And, as one of their members stridently … 0

Culleny: Holdups for the holidays

Monday, December 22, 2014

It’s Christmas for corporations! A majority of congressional and executive elves have loaded Santa’s sack with bundles of compliance and servitude, which he delivered pre-holiday, as if he couldn’t wait to please his masters. He popped in via … 0

Clarke, Vander Vliet and Aksamit/My Turn: Help the Interfaith Council help the homeless

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Recorder is to be commended for its thoughtful series on the challenges and heartbreaks of homelessness and its impact on our community. On the one hand, we know that the system currently in place is flawed and wasteful. It causes injustices to the families who end up, … 0