Opinion

Editorial: County steps up

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: GREENFIELD — Across Franklin County, despite the increased need, residents have been working hard through a variety of means to make sure their less fortunate neighbors have a happy holiday season. A recent Recorder story detailed the myriad of ways those needs are being met, from collecting food and toys through donating … 0

Blagg: Who needs nukes?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

It’s hard to believe that North Korea has spent so much time and money — and suffered universal condemnation — in its attempts to obtain nuclear weapons when its unstable rulers already had a much more potent weapon at their disposal. I’m talking about Twitter. What, after all, could Pyongyang do with a nuke? Threaten to fire it at, say, Japan? What would … 0

Editorial: Saluting Orange’s plans

Friday, December 19, 2014

We’re glad to see that a group of nonprofit planners in Orange are working on the town’s waterfront, seeing it as one way to renewed regional prosperity. They envision an area paved with bike paths, boat launches and fully accessible public fishing piers — and are in the final stages of a deal with Erving Paper CEO Morris Housen for a low-cost lease … 0

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Letter: Thanks, utility workers!

Friday, December 19, 2014

We would like to express our appreciation for the diligent effort put forth to restore power to the thousands of people who lost their electricity due to the storm on Nov. 26. Some of you come from as far as Canada and others from nearby. You had to … 0

Letter: They should have been freed

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thank goodness for lawyers like Stewart “Buz” Eisenberg. After years of unpaid work and dedicated effort his last client has left our prison camp on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sometimes when the law fails, as it did in the case of the Guantanamo detainees, lawyers can only serve as … 0

Letter: Some errors

Friday, December 19, 2014

F.Y.I. Erratum Pages 32, 33, 34, 42, 100 and 104 of “Franklin County Memories, Volume II, the 1800s thru 1979” their captions have been inadvertently misidentified. The image captions on the aforementioned pages should read as follows: • Page 32 - Float in a Fourth of July Parade … 0

Letter: They were there for a reason!

Friday, December 19, 2014

I find your article regarding lawyer Stewart Eisenberg celebrating the release of a Gitmo prisoner appalling. I wonder why The Recorder did not specifically ask the lawyer why the prisoner’s own country did not want to take him back. Instead, his lawyer paints him a person who was … 0

Editorial: Hotels no answer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

All this week, The Recorder has been detailing the incredible and incomprehensible actions of the Patrick Administration in placing scores of homeless families in hotels in Greenfield, Chicopee and other western Massachusetts communities. With little or no regard for where they come from, these families are being warehoused … 0

In the Arena: Thanks!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This may seem hard to believe, but this week marks the 15th year I’ve been writing this column. During that time, a lot of political water has gone under the bridge, some dirtier than I’d care to admit. And I’ve been pretty blunt, at times, in my efforts, … 0

Letter: It was worth the effort

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I wish to thank all the wonderful people who signed the petition to regulate point-of-sale additions to plastic trash, also those who labored diligently to certify the signatures. The petition came up 37 signatures short, 175 signatures were deemed illegible; for this I wish to apologize. I have … 0

Letter: Save the camp!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This is a letter I have waited many years to write. As a Brownie/Junior Girl Scout in Greenfield (1960 something) I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Camp Stonehenge. It was here I first learned about constellations, beyond the Big & Little Dippers, about real campfire cooking and … 0

Letter: Defend Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

With unmatched lethality, the left-wing atheists spit out like a curse to rename the Christmas tree as an Holiday Tree. Speaking with zeal I defend the traditional Christian name and exhort the powers to be in the great city of Holyoke to reject any petition to take out … 0

Letter: Toyota comes through

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A recent experience in Greenfield on a very busy afternoon — a doctor appointment scheduled for my wife, a very unexpected discovery that my directional signals were not operational. A change of plans, a detour to my Toyota dealership, a long-forgotten use of an open window to signal … 0