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Editorial: A straightforward request

Friday, July 31, 2015

From where we sit, a request from Ford and Toyota dealership for a tax break is pretty straightforward. The owner wants to use Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to reduce the amount of taxes paid to Greenfield over the next 10 years. Getting this municipal break would then let Robert Cartelli, owner of the Ford and Toyota of Greenfield, to apply for an even greater tax break from the state. As … 1

Letter: Working at CSO

Friday, July 31, 2015

To Karin Jeffers, CEO of CSO: I came to CSO with approximately 30 years of experience in human services, primarily in Franklin County. I was invited to join CSO by a team of people that I had a great deal of respect and admiration for. It has been a really positive experience getting to know my co-workers and clients over these last 3½ … 0

Letter: Life elsewhere

Friday, July 31, 2015

The latest astronomical discovery, an “earth-like” planet 1,400 light years away, dubbed Kepler-452b, has sent some observers into an orgasmic frenzy. The most obvious explanation for all the excitement is a natural one. We should always be eager to discover new information about God’s creation — Johann Kepler’s motivation. But underlying the starry eyed (pun intended) Mooney and Krishna-like euphoria over the prospect … 0

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Editorial: A straightforward request

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Letter: Arm Americans

Friday, July 31, 2015

It appears that more and more shootings of defenseless people are now a trend in our once great country. Places that had always been boringly safe are now seriously at risk. Individuals who have committed these terrible and unreasonable crimes are psychologically unbalanced. They have been encouraged by … 1

Editorial: Unsettling questions remain about fatal air crash

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Eleven months after Lt. Col. Morris M. Fontenot died aboard his F-15C Eagle, certain facts are known about his last minutes. But an investigation into the Westfield-based pilot’s crash last August in rural Virginia cannot satisfy the critical question: Why? Answers may never come. While the commander of … 0

In the Arena: Keep an eye on this Town Council race

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The stage is set for Greenfield’s fall electoral juggernaut and the number of potential angles to pursue between now and November has your faithful reporter almost giddy with anticipation. Ordinarily, the most interesting race would be for mayor, but with all due respect to incumbent Bill Martin and … 0

Letter: Mohawk Trail Concerts

Thursday, July 30, 2015

What a terrific season at Mohawk Trail Concerts! Every concert was a gem, such creative programming. I listen to the violin in a new way. I wish I had had some children to bring with me to Babar the Elephant, but all of us kids with white hair … 0

Letter: A true disservice

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I am writing in response to The Recorder’s article by Aviva Luttrell on July 23 regarding the possible eviction of the Mohawk Ramblers Motorcycle Club located in Montague Plains. A couple of years ago, I was invited to attend the 50th birthday of one of its members. Not … 0

Letter: Iran deal dangerous

Thursday, July 30, 2015

President Obama and Secretary Kerry put the United States and other countries in jeopardy by entering into an agreement with Iran which temporarily curbs its nuclear armaments program. They have either been duped or they are naïve or both. Both are more concerned about their legacies than the … 0

Editorial: Tax holiday about perceptions

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Will they or won’t they? It’s the annual teasing of the Massachusetts public with our Legislature debating the OK for a sales tax holiday. We doubt very much that lawmakers will say “no” to suspending the 6.25 percent sales tax for a weekend, despite professed misgivings or hesitation … 0

Brewster/My Turn: To our rescue

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Although the news reports about the woman and child stranded on Mount Sugarloaf kindly kept us anonymous, I wanted to publicly thank the people who rescued my 4-year-old son and me on a recent Wednesday night. We’re not experienced hikers, but after walking the paved road up for … 0

Letter: Support appreciated

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Thank you on behalf of Warwick’s dedicated and determined firefighters, for all of your kind words and publicity for our cause. It is humbling to be part of this great project of building Warwick’s Public Safety Building, even more so due to the support and encouragement of our … 0

Letter: Trouble with eggs

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The U.S. egg industry is reeling from a colossal outbreak of avian flu, mostly among egg-laying chickens. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 48 million birds, accounting for 11 percent of the nation’s egg-laying hens, have been slaughtered for fear of infection during the past few months. … 0