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Editorial: Club needs help keeping their home

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The predicament that the Mohawk Ramblers motorcycle club finds itself in with its clubhouse begs for some outside intervention. The club has been leasing a building from the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife for decades. But in the last couple of years the state agency told the club it would have … 0

Tillberg/My Turn: I’m game for turning debate into tourney

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Republicans are in a bind, what with 16 presidential aspirants trying desperately to squeeze onto one debate stage. The organizer for the first debate has sought to manage the affair by arbitrarily selecting the “top ten” candidates based somehow on polling. Of course, 10 is an arbitrary number (why not nine, or 11?) and polls (which polls, how current, how standardized?) with … 0

Letter: GCTV’s live coverage

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I write to applaud our own community access television station, GCTV, for fullfilling the promise of the medium: Live local coverage of an event of huge significance to our region, the FERC hearing on the proposed pipeline at the Greenfield Middle School, July 29. No national or regional TV stations were going to cover this. And if our Springfield channels covered it at … 0

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Editorial: A straightforward request

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Letter: Bridge timeline

Sunday, August 2, 2015

While at Town Hall to purchase my new transfer station sticker, I decided to ask DPW staff about the timeline for repair of the Nashs Mill Road Bridge. As a resident of the plains, I frequently travel that route to do business in town. I found the answer … 0

Letter: Power needs, options

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Michael Hart’s letter on “name plate capacity” is right on. While there may be some quibbling about the numbers, they are in the ballpark. Fourteen to 20 percent of the time, solar is producing its capacity, wind countrywide is maybe 30 percent of capacity. ISO New England (our … 0

Editorial: A straightforward request

Friday, July 31, 2015

From where we sit, a request from Ford and Toyota dealership for a tax break is pretty straightforward. The owner wants to use Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to reduce the amount of taxes paid to Greenfield over the next 10 years. Getting this municipal break would then let … 1

Letter: Working at CSO

Friday, July 31, 2015

To Karin Jeffers, CEO of CSO: I came to CSO with approximately 30 years of experience in human services, primarily in Franklin County. I was invited to join CSO by a team of people that I had a great deal of respect and admiration for. It has been … 0

Letter: Life elsewhere

Friday, July 31, 2015

The latest astronomical discovery, an “earth-like” planet 1,400 light years away, dubbed Kepler-452b, has sent some observers into an orgasmic frenzy. The most obvious explanation for all the excitement is a natural one. We should always be eager to discover new information about God’s creation — Johann Kepler’s … 0

Letter: Arm Americans

Friday, July 31, 2015

It appears that more and more shootings of defenseless people are now a trend in our once great country. Places that had always been boringly safe are now seriously at risk. Individuals who have committed these terrible and unreasonable crimes are psychologically unbalanced. They have been encouraged by … 1

Editorial: Unsettling questions remain about fatal air crash

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Eleven months after Lt. Col. Morris M. Fontenot died aboard his F-15C Eagle, certain facts are known about his last minutes. But an investigation into the Westfield-based pilot’s crash last August in rural Virginia cannot satisfy the critical question: Why? Answers may never come. While the commander of … 0

In the Arena: Keep an eye on this Town Council race

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The stage is set for Greenfield’s fall electoral juggernaut and the number of potential angles to pursue between now and November has your faithful reporter almost giddy with anticipation. Ordinarily, the most interesting race would be for mayor, but with all due respect to incumbent Bill Martin and … 0

Letter: Mohawk Trail Concerts

Thursday, July 30, 2015

What a terrific season at Mohawk Trail Concerts! Every concert was a gem, such creative programming. I listen to the violin in a new way. I wish I had had some children to bring with me to Babar the Elephant, but all of us kids with white hair … 0

Letter: A true disservice

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I am writing in response to The Recorder’s article by Aviva Luttrell on July 23 regarding the possible eviction of the Mohawk Ramblers Motorcycle Club located in Montague Plains. A couple of years ago, I was invited to attend the 50th birthday of one of its members. Not … 0