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Opinion

Editorial: Moving Millers Falls forward

Friday, January 23, 2015

Millers Falls has had a long history, not only as one of the five villages of Montague but also with the neighboring communities of Erving and Wendell. At one point, the village was a center of activity, a busy community. Commerce included grocery and drug stores, places to eat and stay as well as the home for various tradesmen and repair shops. And, of course, there were Millers Falls Tool … 0

Kurland/My Turn: Revising the foundation budget

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dear Ms. Williamson, Sen. Chang-Diaz and members of the Massachusetts Foundation Budget Review Commission: Thank you for conducting hearings about revising the formula for the foundation budget calculations. I would like to expand upon the testimony I gave at the hearing in Northampton. Our goal is to provide excellent, not just adequate, education for every child in the commonwealth, whether that child is … 0

Letter: We need a stronger law

Friday, January 23, 2015

Seeing we are the adults and our lawmakers are adults — why do adults have to live by the law? This has to do with talking on your cell phone will driving. Today, a car pulled out of Hope Street (never stopped) went through the stop sign and cut me off. Yes, this person was talking on the phone (adult). Just look around … 0

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I thought Park Villa and Redbrook were "owned" by the Montague Housing Authority---and managed by Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority....(full comment)

Economic development director on paid administrative leave

This letter from Berkshire Gas doesn't seem credible. And in the Boston Globe this morning, there is further substantiation of the leak...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas: Necessary information

Letter: Challenge those numbers

Friday, January 23, 2015

I was disappointed to read yet another article in the The Recorder stating that Entergy must wait until the $665 million in its decommissioning trust fund grows to $1.24 billion before commencing decommissioning — that is, the Jan. 14 article reprinted from the Rutland Herald. I had already … 0

Editorial: Lessons from plastic ban effort

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Proponents of a sweeping plastics ban for Greenfield have apparently eschewed trying to change how residents think through education, choosing instead to try to push through their particular vision in the form of mandated prohibitions. But in their drive to make Greenfield the epicenter for a plastics ban, … 0

In the Arena: For mayor, it’s personnel

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s possible that by the time you are read this, the fate of now-suspended Greenfield Economic Director Robert Pyers will have been sealed. But whether we’ll ever know the details is anybody’s guess. The only thing we do know is that Pyers was placed on paid administrative leave … 0

Letter: Learn to Cope

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Addiction to drugs, especially heroin and other opiates, or alcohol is a problem of epidemic proportion that negatively impacts the lives of most people, at one time or another, and also affects the many communities throughout western Massachusetts. Families of persons afflicted by substance abuse are among those … 0

Letter: Ticket to ride

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Having lived around here for over half a century, I was amazed to learn via The Recorder (Jan.13) that Greenfield is an “exquisitely disenfranchised place.” I did not know that. Praise the LORD that we have such an informative newspaper. Yes, you cannot easily buy Amtrak train tickets. … 0

Editorial: Higher ed talk we should be having

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It’s clear that President Barack Obama understands the importance education plays in the lives of Americans and in the future of this nation. That understanding can be seen in his recent proposal for providing a tuition-free education at community colleges across the country. As we have seen locally … 0

Berkshire Gas: Necessary information

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A letter published recently from the Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network (MPLAN), offering commentary on energy efficiency programs offered by Berkshire Gas, demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of energy efficiency programs in Massachusetts and the role of regulators and independent experts in defining and approving those programs. Given the importance … 2

Letter: Match-making for housing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Two recent articles in The Recorder prompt me to ask: Could a homeless couple and a widowed homeowner come together to provide mutual support? Two problems, one solution? Is there an agency out there, whose authority is unquestioned, that could facilitate a screening and match-making process? Just asking. … 0

Letter: High-speed dependent

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The real risk of not having high-speed Internet is that towns and citizens will not be able to participate in a world that relies on fast communications. High-speed Internet service is as necessary as electricity and phone. Without it, our communities will fall behind in real estate (housing … 0

Editorial: Distracted drivers pose threat

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

We’ve all had the experience of watching someone whizz by in the passing lane while busy talking on a cell phone pressed to one ear. And perhaps we’ve even had to quickly step back at an intersection to … 0