Opinion

Editorial: 50,000 residents stuck in the middle

Friday, November 21, 2014

Massachusetts has seemingly been able to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to providing health care to its residents. Even with some of the issues associated with the federal Affordable Care Act, the pronouncements coming from Beacon Hill have been that the state continues to move in the right direction when it comes to coverage, innovation and controlling costs. That’s why we find the recent development affecting 50,000 … 0

Charney/My Turn: No walk on the wild side

Friday, November 21, 2014

On the coldest day of the year — the temperature gauge on the car reads 6 degrees — we bring home a cat. “Dune, “ as in sand dune, I suggest for a name. “Why Dune?” my husband asks. Dune, I explain, conjures up the cat’s buff coloring and his yellow-green eyes. “Doom,” our grandson announces instead, preferring the dramatic and savage, a … 0

Letter: My industrial nature

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hey Ms. Gouch, my five conservative children (real God-fearing Americans) live in the Houston area and I’d love to visit them or live there in my golden years, but finances prohibit it, Social Security being what it is. I’d love to see the oil fields with those awesomely behemoth rigs pumping away. I love mechanical things working away, it’s a guy thing. I’d … 0

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Letter: Remembering the vets

Friday, November 21, 2014

This is a “thank you” to the following for the outstanding recognition of our veterans on their day. Individual thank you cards were sent to the Newton Street School, Applebee’s Restaurant, F. L. Roberts Golden Nozzle Car Wash and Service Stations, Clarkdale Apple Farm and Big Y. To … 0

Letter: Think bicycles

Friday, November 21, 2014

I was very touched by the ceremony celebrating the re-opening of the covered bridge on Eunice Williams Drive — a thoughtful honoring of great work in service to our community. But I was also struck that in The Recorder articles about this event, it was repeatedly stated that … 0

Editorial: Can’t succumb to Siren’s call

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It was another video-taped beheading carried out by the so-called Islamic State, this time of Peter Kassig, an American aid worker, and it again left the United States and much of the rest of the world horrified and … 0

In the Arena: Montague gamesmanship

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Is Montague becoming the new Ashfield? It sure looks that way, because much like their friends to the west encountered recently during ongoing battles over the Ashfield House, Open Meeting Law complaints are flowing in Montague like water through the Strathmore canal. Most of the complaints, much like … 0

Letter: Defending Madison, art

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The photo and story concerning complaints against Rodney Madison’s outdoor displays in front of his store at 104 Avenue A in Turners Falls were very biased against this artist and shopkeeper. To say that objects were “strewn” on the sidewalk — without the use of quotation marks in … 0

Letter: To our rescue

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It was a dark and anxious day at Turners Falls High School when its long-time building construction program was in a little bit of trouble. After 29 years of delivering quality custom-made storage sheds for sale to the public, the program encountered a problem with its specially made … 0

Letter: Tainted advertisement?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How much money did The Recorder receive to run Kinder Morgan’s half-page advertisement on Page C2 (Nov. 13)? How does this not compromise the paper’s ability to report fairly and without bias on a contentious local issue? Giving Kinder Morgan the editorial space to present its side would … 0

Editorial: Making it all first class

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If you happened to join the other local people who toured Greenfield’s new high school Saturday, you probably agree that what’s been completed so far is fabulous. From modern classrooms that provide the right kind of wiring for today’s technology and the changing tools that teachers and students … 0

Wood/My Turn: Unchecked surveillance

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What are we so afraid of? It’s easy to sound crazy when you start to talk about the United States’ sweeping surveillance program. It could be a conspiracy theorist’s fantasy. But in 2013, former NSA analyst Edward Snowden … 0

Letter: Hawley meeting

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

With the Hawley Special Town Meeting over and done with, I think it is appropriate to say thank you to a number of people. First, I want to thank everyone who showed up and voted on the important issues facing the town. In small-town democracy, the necessity of … 0