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Opinion

Editorial: We must address our gun problem

Friday, August 28, 2015

What began as a routine television interview became, in seconds, gruesome evidence of the intersection of narcissism, social media and the American gun culture. If any good is to come of Wednesday’s fatal shooting of two young journalists in Virginia, it will be for the nation — and those who lead it — to say, “Enough!” Vester Lee Flanagan II, … 1

Letter: The pipeline question

Friday, August 28, 2015

Lately, I have heard constant discussions regarding the proposed natural gas pipeline. Everyone is talking about it. Posters that say “Stop the Pipeline” have adorned lawns all over Massachusetts and petitions are constantly being handed to me, asking to be signed. My question is why is a pipeline something we would even consider putting in our communities in the first place? I looked … 1

Letter: Vital override

Friday, August 28, 2015

I am writing to respond to the article “Budget veto override means funding for homeless youth” in the Aug 22 paper. As more unpleasant news pops up in the paper every day, and funding for almost every public service seems to be dwindling, I was pleasantly surprised reading this article. It was heartwarming to read that so many people understood the importance of … 0

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Greenfield looking for fix to long traffic lights

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Greenfield looking for fix to long traffic lights

Letter: Right choice for Lunt

Friday, August 28, 2015

I live not far from the old Lunt factory. I was very glad the mayor and Town Council signed the contract for a detox/rehab center; Franklin County needs this. We have a serious drug problem here and people need our help. No one knows what it’s like to … 0

Letter: Multiple uses

Friday, August 28, 2015

One-time use? Are you kidding? We use plastic grocery bags for a number of things: to store ice in the freezer; take to the Y to put our wet swimsuit in to bring home; in all our wastebaskets in the house and in the car for our rubbish; … 0

Editorial: Creative economy building in Greenfield

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Greenfield and its downtown have long been a hub of activity for the community and its neighbors in Franklin County. Much of it is activity of an economic nature, given the different types of business that attract people to the area. The traditional economic engines — retail establishments, … 0

In the Arena: Greenfield's tax-rate reduction

Thursday, August 27, 2015

If I were a Greenfield taxpayer — and there’s many reasons why I’m not — the question I’d be asking in the wake of last week’s Town Council meeting is: What did my government just spend $1.4 million on? The council voted to go along with Mayor Bill … 1

Letter: Stolen decorations

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I would like to know who is low enough to steal all of the decorations off of my family’s plot between Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 15 and 16). I had two beautiful blue rose bouquet — one white, one lavender — along with wisterias hanging from twisted vines. … 0

Letter: Allow yourself room

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Motorists tailgate (follow too close) on many highways. Years ago, the Mass. State Police and others recommended a car length behind another auto for every 10 miles per hour travel speed. This give a driver behind a vehicle time to handle any ordinary emergency. At 60 miles per … 0

Letter: Councilors, do your job

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I read in The Recorder on Aug. 20 “Greenfield voters will weigh in on plastic ban” — why? Our form of government is a representative democracy. As the chair of two Charter commissions — one which abolished the Town Meeting and the second, provided for a mayor and … 0

Letter: Rudy’s effort noticed

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Like a child learning to potty train, so must we learn to take responsibility for what someone else has, until now, had to clean up. Thank you Rudy for taking the time to research and write up the Bottle, Bag, and Food Container ordinances. Citizens spoke, you listened … 0

Letter: Life’s potential

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dear Mr. Wallace Reid, Aren’t you glad your mother thought of you as “more than a potential?’ God blessed you with a life passed “potential.” Too bad you aren’t willing to “pass it on.” Many babies in heaven would thank you for fighting for them. WINSTON and MARIE … 0

Editorial: Clean slate to a new school year

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The rock known as slate was commonly used instead of paper in schools during the Victorian age because it could be erased and used again and again. But “wiping the slate clean” took on a dual meaning for … 0