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Editorial: Baker sets right tone on opioid response

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker during his first six months in office has declared war on the scourge of opioid and opiate addiction in Massachusetts, and reducing the epidemic of related deaths is a top priority for his administration. The recommendations issued last week by the governor are a forward-looking, comprehensive blend of approaches, combining prevention, education, prescription monitoring reforms, increased access to treatment, and improved support for recovering addicts. Baker, acting … 0

In the Arena: Question-raising issues

Thursday, July 2, 2015

It’s the job of any good journalist to write stories that answer the questions uppermost in the minds of their readers, listeners and viewers. But every once in a while, we stumble across stories that leave us asking questions not easily answered. Let’s consider a few from just this past week. ∎ Does Stan Rosenberg secretly want to be a Republican? Probably not, but … 0

Rosenberg/My Turn: Massachusetts helped lead the way

Thursday, July 2, 2015

In one historic 48-hour burst last week, the Supreme Court affirmed what we here in the commonwealth know well: Massachusetts is a trailblazer for equal rights and social justice in the country and the world. On Thursday, the court upheld the Affordable Care Act, a law that was of course modeled on the health care bill we passed here nearly a decade ago. … 0

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Editorial: Dare to create

Editorial: Olympic allure comes with costs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Having Massachusetts serve as host for the Olympic games is truly alluring. Although many of the events would be centered in and around the immediate Boston area, Franklin County could be the site for whitewater slaloms in canoeing … 0

Hynes/My Turn: History’s teachable moments on pipeline

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The dominant industry argument for the Tennessee Gas Co.’s proposed pipeline through western Massachusetts is that it will provide gas for Boston on peak demand winter days and smaller-scale gas needs in western Massachusetts. If we assume, for the sake of argument, that this is its true intent, … 0

Letter: I take offense

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I read your editorial page all the time and the cartoons don’t make any sense and they are as liberal and anti-Republican as you can get. The one you showed June 22 was very offensive to me because I’m a Republican. What does air bags got to do … 0

Editorial: DPU falling short in protecting public interests

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

There are no lawyers in The Recorder’s newsroom to assess the state Department of Public Utilities’ review of Berkshire Gas Co.’s request to buy 20 years of natural gas from the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline through Franklin County. But that’s OK, because you only need a bit of … 0

Letter: Recycle more

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Do you know when you recycle you’re helping the environment? Imagine being a part of stopping pollution. You can do this by recycling. I’ve noticed that in Greenfield the garbage cans are full of recyclable materials. Instead of putting things in the garbage, try to recycle. If you … 0

Letter: Unfair portrayal

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

As a funeral director, I feel the recent articles in The Recorder have unfairly portrayed all funeral homes as crooked or in need of oversight. I agree that there have been a few “bad apples,” but every job or profession does. These articles do bring to light that … 0

Letter: Garden miracle

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Years ago, I tried to plant cucumbers. Didn’t do anything. Got disgusted with myself. Went out into the garden and looked around. Stringbeans did pretty good; squash grew fine; carrots popped up from the ground. Had tried to work the garden like my Dad told me. Even grew … 0

Letter: Explaining the outrage

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Re: Why there is outrage over pipeline? Almost all of the examples listed in the Readers Write (June 23) letter “Why outrage over pipeline?” with the exception of loss of life, are cleaned up, repaired or replaced within a period of time. The gas pipeline’s 80,000 HP compressor … 0

Letter: Movie night

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hats off to Christy Moore and her Rec Department staff for the wonderful Friday evening we had watching an outdoor movie at the Town Pool. This was the first event held using the new portable stage, which was an awesome purchase for the town, that made the event … 0

Letter: Danger for cyclists

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In the interest of would-be hikers and cyclists along Northeast Street that connects the town of Amherst and Cushman, I would like to clarify the setting for the tragic death of a young woman last summer referred to in your paper on June 18 (Reprinted from the Daily … 0