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Editorial: More power for community

Friday, August 22, 2014

Greenfield Mayor William Martin’s push to create a municipal conduit for electrical power may not be unique — there are plenty of communities that have their own municipal electric utility — but it’s important nevertheless. That’s because it’s about the power of community. “This will be a great economic development tool for us,” Martin told The Recorder’s Anita Fritz. “Large companies use a lot of electricity and we will be … 0

Meyer/My Turn: Disturbing change of course

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vermont Yankee, the last of the region’s nuclear plants, will close in December. In response, GDF-Suez FirstLight’s Nortfield Mountain Pumped Storage plant is looking to change its stripes. On June 27, it applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a “temporary” license amendment to allow it broad new freedoms to consume unprecedented amounts of the Connecticut River from Dec. 1, 2014 through … 0

Letter: Finding a candidate

Friday, August 22, 2014

With the election of a new governor coming up this November, I need a candidate I can support. I want to elect someone who really cares about ALL the people, not just the wealthy and powerful. I need someone who understands that our climate is changing and we humans have to power to make things either better or worse. My candidate is very … 0

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Letter: Cries for tolerance

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Recorder’s Opinion of Aug. 5 on religious intolerance reminds me of this quote from a televangelist: “I look down on people who look down on people who look down on people.” The Recorder: “The sad thing is that all of the world’s religions, at their heart, preach … 0

Editorial: It is the county’s hospital

Thursday, August 21, 2014

During the process of taking over the reins as president of Baystate Franklin Medical Center, we’re pretty sure that Steven Bradley had some long talks with his predecessor, Chuck Gijanto. We can well imagine, too, that Gijanto made a point of saying the people of Franklin County not … 0

In the Arena: Sharing thoughts

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Nobody asked me but ... Greenfield Deputy Police Chief Mark Williams? Wow. I didn’t see that one coming. ∎ Sign of the times — Greenfield schools will have a truancy officer this year. An unfortunate, but necessary move. ∎ It looks like the Greenfield School Committee has decided to take … 0

Letter: Made in the USA

Thursday, August 21, 2014

At one time, I didn’t think about looking at the labels on things that stated where they were made. I just figured they were made in America. Well, folks, can anyone tell me where I can find clothes made in America? Ah! You are going to say everything … 0

Letter: Learn what ‘yield’ means

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A lot of concern has been expressed about cell phone use and texting while driving causing car accidents. I am writing to express my concern for another situation that I believe is becoming much more prevalent on our roads where you find a rotary or entrance to a … 0

Editorial: New chapter for Lamson & Goodnow

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A business does not stick around for 177 years without hitting a few troublesome patches. That’s not to say that the news coming from Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. isn’t something to worry about. The nation’s oldest cutlery business filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week. That filing, … 0

Keith/My Turn: Different calculations

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In chiding us to “Do some energy math” (My Turn, July 24), James Bates miscalculates. Above all, he assumes a zero sum. “If you are anti-CO2, anti-nuclear, anti-methane, then you must be for darkness.” No one who exhales … 2

Letter: Immigration process

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A recent letter to the editor contained the inspiring words on a plaque mounted to the Statue of Liberty. Imagine, the waves and waves of immigrants to the New World whose first glimpse of America were the skyline of New York and the Statue of Liberty, as they … 1

Letter: Lost-and-found story

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This past Saturday, I realized that my makeshift money clip with just enough money to miss, was no longer in my pocket. I retraced my recent travels, and inquired at one earlier stop without luck. Monday, I had given up hope on recovery, as I had expected the … 0

Letter: Offensive to Christians

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I write in response to “The Cross is Christian!” Los Angeles Times editorial of Aug. 11, challenging the statement that it’s “ridiculous” to “consider the cross a fitting symbol for all Americans honoring the war dead.” The thousands of crosses at Arlington National Cemetery enable the hallowed earth … 0