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Editorial: Expand the bottle bill

Monday, October 20, 2014

For the past 32 years, Massachusetts has had a 5-cent deposit on soda and beer bottles and cans. Compare then to now and you would see a significant difference along our sidewalks, roads and public spaces — it’s a cleaner landscape that has many fewer discarded soda and beer cans. In the past three-plus decades, however, the single-serve beverage landscape has changed dramatically. Sports drinks, iced coffees and teas, vitamin … 0

Green/My Turn: So you’ll know the score

Monday, October 20, 2014

My name is Rick Green and I am the chairman of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, also known as MassFiscal or MFA. MassFiscal is a grassroots organization of over 350 Massachusetts businesspeople, including Democrats, Independents and Republicans. In early August, we began to educate voters by sending direct mail to over 20 legislative districts. The reaction of legislators to having their voting records made … 0

Letter: Autumn fun

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Hicks Family Farm corn maze is such a wonderful addition to the colorful autumn festivities in western Massachusetts. While strolling through the maze, one appreciates the endless entertainment that abounds for all ages as well as the educational and informative tidbits of trivia and very amusing jokes. I am sure that those who have experienced the maze recognize and value all the … 0

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Letter: No way to go

Monday, October 20, 2014

I must take issue with the assertion in your editorial of Oct. 15 that indexing the gasoline tax to inflation amounts to “taxation without representation.” Are you arguing that the sales tax is “taxation without representation?” Is the income tax “taxation without representation?” You don’t seem to be … 0

Letter: Andrews works for us

Monday, October 20, 2014

Since becoming involved with a statewide network advocating for legislation to address the foreclosure crisis, I have learned that there are two types of legislators. One passes laws that favor big banks. The other stands up to big banks and passes laws that protect homeowners. The 2nd Franklin … 0

Editorial: WIC change a good one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: It’s good to see the Commonwealth of Massachusetts moving to a debit-card system for those who get nutritional help through the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and … 0

Blagg: Reporting’s risks

Sunday, October 19, 2014

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press BAGHDAD — Militants unleashed a wave of attacks on Thursday targeting Shiite areas in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing at least 38 people and wounding dozens, officials said. The deadliest attack took place when two parked car-bombs exploded simultaneously in a commercial … 0

Letter: Benefiting others

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Monday, Oct. 6, I was privileged to take part in a fundraiser event at the restaurant Hope and Olive in Greenfield. This particular event night benefited the nonprofit Diggity Service Dogs, which trains and places rescued dogs as assistive service dogs for psychiatric purposes. Everything about the evening … 0

Letter: Re-elect Kulik

Sunday, October 19, 2014

We, in the 1st Franklin District are fortunate to have Steve Kulik as our representative. Steve has held this seat because he has a consistent record of voting in the House in support of the people in our district. He’s stood for workers rights, supported union contracts for … 0

Letter: What’s the deal?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Michael Egan’s letter to the editor of Oct. 9 states, if I’m reading it correctly, that the present legislation for casinos allows them to serve free or reduced price alcoholic beverages! This should be looked into. If it is true, who wrote the legislation that facilitates drunk driving, … 0

Editorial: More eyes on downtown

Friday, October 17, 2014

“Caught on camera.” That’s the phrase that best describes the reason for the installation by governments around the world of surveillance equipment to watch over public places. We shouldn’t be surprised then — or upset — that such cameras are now a part of Greenfield’s downtown. Quietly, with … 0

O’Rourke/My Turn: Without my input, support

Friday, October 17, 2014

I want to make it absolutely clear to the residents of Conway that I had nothing to do with the vote of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Oct. 14, to hold the election on Thursday, Oct. 16, to vote on the borrowing for the highway garage project, … 0

Letter: The pipeline trail

Friday, October 17, 2014

In the Oct. 3 issue of The Recorder, both Chris Collins in his column, and the editorial, correctly questioned whether it just might be more than a coincidence that National Grid’s announcement of a 37 percent price increase for their electricity customers was related to Kinder Morgan’s Northeast … 0