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Editorial: Reason to celebrate since 1776

Friday, July 3, 2015

Today we get to celebrate the Fourth of July, an observance that should be near and dear to every American. After all, it was on this day in 1776 that the Continental Congress accepted the Declaration of Independence, the document that helped light the fuse for the American Revolution and so much more in the creation of the United States … 0

Letter: Priorities

Friday, July 3, 2015

This will be short and sweet: The last couple of days, I have been reading how there is an interest in creating a cultural district in Greenfield. I can see how this would be very beneficial to the town. We all need culture. However, I was wondering if we could work on that, right after the Walmart or whatever big box store is … 0

Letter: Wrong tone

Friday, July 3, 2015

While I applaud efforts to support Sy’s Fund, I am distressed that the event planners chose to host a “sizzlers pageant.” No, it is NOT true that anything fun is good, as one spokesperson is quoted. We all may know people who identify as trans- — in our families, our workplaces, our faith communities. Let’s celebrate our diversity, not mock it. Rev. Dr. … 0

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Editorial: Dare to create

Letter: Drawing strength from others

Friday, July 3, 2015

An open letter to those impacted by the addiction crisis: I watched a drug deal today. It happened at 4 p.m., five feet in front of my car. As the participants walked in opposite directions I didn’t know who to chase. I wanted to shake their shoulders. I … 0

Letter: Liberals and FOX News

Friday, July 3, 2015

Why do liberals hate FOX News? It is probably because they do not like hearing both sides of the story. They only like to hear views that satisfies what has been mushed in their heads by the liberal media. All of the FOX News talk panels have the … 0

Letter: Plastic and other bags

Friday, July 3, 2015

The people of Greenfield want to go green and ban plastic bags. How many trees will die so that they can have paper bags? The fact is reusable bags can be a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria. The people should educate themselves to the fact that the plastic … 0

Editorial: Baker sets right tone on opioid response

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker during his first six months in office has declared war on the scourge of opioid and opiate addiction in Massachusetts, and reducing the epidemic of related deaths is a top priority for his administration. The recommendations issued last week by the governor are a forward-looking, … 0

In the Arena: Question-raising issues

Thursday, July 2, 2015

It’s the job of any good journalist to write stories that answer the questions uppermost in the minds of their readers, listeners and viewers. But every once in a while, we stumble across stories that leave us asking questions not easily answered. Let’s consider a few from just … 0

Rosenberg/My Turn: Massachusetts helped lead the way

Thursday, July 2, 2015

In one historic 48-hour burst last week, the Supreme Court affirmed what we here in the commonwealth know well: Massachusetts is a trailblazer for equal rights and social justice in the country and the world. On Thursday, the court upheld the Affordable Care Act, a law that was … 0

Editorial: Olympic allure comes with costs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Having Massachusetts serve as host for the Olympic games is truly alluring. Although many of the events would be centered in and around the immediate Boston area, Franklin County could be the site for whitewater slaloms in canoeing … 0

Hynes/My Turn: History’s teachable moments on pipeline

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The dominant industry argument for the Tennessee Gas Co.’s proposed pipeline through western Massachusetts is that it will provide gas for Boston on peak demand winter days and smaller-scale gas needs in western Massachusetts. If we assume, for the sake of argument, that this is its true intent, … 0

Letter: I take offense

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I read your editorial page all the time and the cartoons don’t make any sense and they are as liberal and anti-Republican as you can get. The one you showed June 22 was very offensive to me because I’m a Republican. What does air bags got to do … 0

Editorial: DPU falling short in protecting public interests

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

There are no lawyers in The Recorder’s newsroom to assess the state Department of Public Utilities’ review of Berkshire Gas Co.’s request to buy 20 years of natural gas from the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline through Franklin County. But that’s OK, because you only need a bit of … 0