Opinion

Editorial: Safety complex plan: more questions than answers

Monday, February 8, 2016

Greenfield residents should be glad to hear the municipality is working on plans for a safety complex — especially in light of the public library’s expansion plans. But before anyone gets too excited, it would pay to listen closely to what Mayor William Martin is saying: “There are a lot of things to keep in consideration; everything is in play.” Everything is in play, including the need for a tremendous … 0

Wicks/My Turn: A welcome that’s no act

Monday, February 8, 2016

In late summer, I came to the Greenfield Community College campus to ask a few questions about an online course I was planning to take. But something changed during that visit. Surrounded by banners and posters proclaiming, “You Belong Here,” I felt myself say “yes, I do want to be here, not at home with my laptop.” Everything about that visit demonstrated inclusiveness, … 0

Letter: Demonizing pellet fuel

Monday, February 8, 2016

The recent article on Mohawk Trail Regional School’s consideration of wood pellet boilers is troubling. FRCOG’s health agent asserts that pellet heating systems are “a much more pollution prone source of heat” than oil or propane. Wood pellets are renewable and can be locally produced. Pellet fuel is not new; installations are common in the region, and will continue to proliferate, especially as … 0

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Editorial: Boiler switch puts heat on Mohawk

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Letter: Rattlesnake numbers

Monday, February 8, 2016

Feb. 3, your front page lead story is far below the award-winning quality of The Recorder of days past. In 40 years of consuming fine reporting in The Recorder, the repeated printing of misleading information beyond ethical. Your columnist Gary Sanderson is a commentator, not a reporter, and … 0

Letter: Solar power pluses

Monday, February 8, 2016

Are ratepayers subsidizing solar power? No! Studies have shown that solar photovoltaic (PV) is an asset to the electric generating system because it is used at peak times (hot summer days) when fossil fuel-generated electricity is most expensive to purchase. PV generated at peak hours saves the utility … 0

Editorial: Valentine’s Day effort deserves praise

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: A tip of the hat to those involved in the Love Letters, an initiative of LifePath or what was formerly known as Franklin County Home Care. What’s being done here … 0

Gran/My Turn: NASA corrects its error on climate sensitivity

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A recent article in The Guardian (Jan. 12) by Dana Nuccitelli, “NASA study fixes error in low contrarian climate sensitivity estimates,” discusses a NASA study published online in the journal Nature Climate Change Letters (Dec. 14, 2015). Equilibrium … 0

Letter: Wood pellet boiler makes sense

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A few people have concerns about the proposal to replace the Mohawk Trail Regional School’s propane powered boiler with a wood pellet boiler. Some speculate that asthma rates may increase because of additional particulate pollution. However, modern wood boilers are very efficient and are well within strict EPA … 1

Letter: Another march planned

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The march to honor Martin Luther King that walked from Northfield to Plainfield over the Martin Luther King weekend along the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline route was a whopping success. We estimate about 300 walkers braved the cold winter snows, winds and below freezing temperatures. While we walked, … 0

Editorial: Boiler switch puts heat on Mohawk

Friday, February 5, 2016

The air certainly hasn’t cleared regarding a switch to wood pellet boilers at Mohawk Trail Regional School. Both proponents of the proposal that would switch the building’s heating system from propane-powered boilers to a pellet-fired system and opponents have made their cases looking at both the local picture … 2

Mark/My Turn: Pardon Leonard Peltier

Friday, February 5, 2016

Leonard Peltier has been confined in prison for more than 40 years. He was charged with the shooting-death of two FBI agents, Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, in the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. However, the facts around his case show a dismal miscarriage of justice. It looks … 2

Letter: Making a healthy choice

Friday, February 5, 2016

Thanks for highlighting the serious toll that diabetes takes on the health of people in Franklin County and for drawing attention to the excellent work that the YMCA is doing in partnership with the Community Health Center and others to reduce the impact of this disease. The best … 0

Letter: The nation’s health care

Friday, February 5, 2016

As a journalist in Vermont and Washington, I got to know and appreciate Bernie Sanders and his concerns, particularly around effects of Agent Orange on veterans of the Gulf War. To my knowledge, he has not mentioned this important element of his record. My more important comment arises … 0