Opinion

Editorial: It’s not art in the parks

Friday, October 31, 2014

Art can be provocative and challenging, leading to all kinds of emotions in the eye of the beholder. However, when she began using our national parks as a canvas, the graffiti artist who goes by “Creepytings” not only brought public attention to her art but in doing so did harm to nature’s artwork. That’s not art, that’s vandalism. According to news reports, she used at least 10 sites of scenic … 0

Newlin/My Turn: Carefully worded proposal

Friday, October 31, 2014

For the past three years, the Whately Municipal Building Committee has been trying to come up with a solution to two problems. The first concerns our town offices. They are split up between different buildings making communications between various departments inefficient. They are not legally accessible and there are no handicap-accessible restrooms; they lack adequate storage space and are in very poor physical … 0

Letter: Educational ed

Friday, October 31, 2014

The regulation of environmental education in public schools is a topic of much debate. I believe that in order to significantly improve Massachusetts public school education, more environmental education should be required in the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks. As someone born the West County, my views on the environment have been shaped by the fortunate experience of growing up in the hill towns of … 0

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Letter: What’s possible

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Letter: Visiting troublemakers

Friday, October 31, 2014

Today, it seems as if society abuses any privilege possible. The article; “Pumpkin Fest Mayhem gives Keene hangover,” by Holly Ramer, emphasizes the violence and vandalism resulting from Keene’s pumpkin fest. It’s certainly a disappointment that Keene is angry enough to reconsider hosting their world-record breaking pumpkin fest … 0

Letter: Forced payment

Friday, October 31, 2014

Why are our electric rates going up? According to an article in The Recorder dated June 4, and I quote, “to address the expected need for natural gas, the six governors of New England, along with the New England States Committee on Electricity, have proposed that the pipeline’s … 0

Editorial: Taking on domestic violence

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Recorder series that has run this week has focused attention on domestic violence and recently passed laws addressing the issue, as well as area efforts to confront this abusive behavior. It’s not an easy problem to solve nor a subject we find pleasant to report upon. Yet … 0

In the Arena: Subdued party crowd

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It was a little after 7 when I pulled open the door at Greenfield’s Ocean Grille, prepared to break my own not-exactly-hard-and-fast rule about refusing to attend party fundraisers the week before a state election. I couldn’t resist because this was being billed a both a fundraiser for … 0

Letter: What’s possible

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On Jan. 31, 1958, Explorer 1 was put in orbit. It was 6.25 inches in diameter. Wernher Von Braun, a German rocket scientist, is credited with making this United States effort possible. July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 was the space flight that landed the first humans on the … 1

Letter: A new senior center

Thursday, October 30, 2014

If you’ve had any reason to visit the current Greenfield Senior Center, you may wonder why a new facility has been proposed. It’s true that the activities and programs are amazing and the wonderful staff and myriad volunteers are welcoming and helpful but the list of serious problems … 0

Letter: An effective lawmaker

Thursday, October 30, 2014

We sometimes forget how effective our legislative delegation has been. We are very fortunate to have hard working, intelligent and caring people working for western Massachusetts in Boston. Steve Kulik is at the top of that list. He has sponsored an incredible number of bills for us over … 0

Letter: Fortunate to have him

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Over the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Rep. Steve Kulik on issues related to funding for our local school district. Steve has consistently been available, informed and helpful throughout this process. I don’t think that we’ve had a meeting that he or his … 0

Letter: Kulik makes sense

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Our community is lucky to have a great choice. Democracy is wonderful and it requires good people to participate for it to work well. Although I have never met Dylan Korpita, he seems to be a shining example of a younger, successful, local person who has returned to … 0

Letter: Provide paid sick leave

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Right now in Massachusetts, almost 1 million workers cannot take a single day of paid sick time to visit the doctor or take care of a sick child or themselves. In November, we can change that by voting “Yes” on Question 4, which would guarantee access to earned … 0