Editorial: Preventing copycat killers requires several steps

Monday, October 12, 2015

After a 26-year-old man killed nine people at the Oregon community college he attended, people alarmed by the prospect of copycat killers called on the media to minimize — or eliminate altogether — use of the killer’s name and image. They make a point. But let’s take care not to let it obscure other measures — particularly making it harder for mentally unstable people to get firearms — that could … 0

Hynes/My Turn: The push for un-natural gas

Monday, October 12, 2015

All that glitters is not gold. Take, for example, the word “natural.” Two-thirds of Americans wrongly think the word “natural” on a food label means it contains no artificial ingredients, pesticides or genetically engineered organisms, and no hormones or antibiotics in the case of meat, a 2014 Consumer Reports survey reports. “Natural” is conflated with “safe and clean.” Analogously, we universally refer to … 0

Letter: Get behind Mass

Monday, October 12, 2015

Last year, Isaac Mass was endorsed by over three dozen former town councilors. He also had the ednorsement of both mayors Forgey and Martin. Finally, he had the endorsements of former Selectmen Peter Ruggeri, John Mackin, Joe Laurie, James Fotopoulos, Tim Farrell and Bill Allen. As a state employee at the time, I did not feel I could speak up. Now that I … 0

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Letter: Raising issues

Monday, October 12, 2015

Critics of Isaac Mass were attacking him on the radio this morning for “raising issues to gain political advantage.” That’s what real politicians do — they raise issues, they express their own original ideas. Isaac fights for what he believes in. If he continues to raise issues and … 0

Editorial: Glad he stayed in state Senate

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: With the focus of state officials squarely on the troubles that the state Department of Children and Families faces now, it was nevertheless and interesting to learn about a request … 0

Newman/My Turn: Yogi and me

Sunday, October 11, 2015

I miss Yogi Berra. A signed photograph of him, a Father’s Day gift from my wife Dale, hangs on a wall in my office, close to the one of Mickey Mantle, above the one of Bobby Kennedy, near … 0

Letter: Caring leadership

Sunday, October 11, 2015

I went to Greenfield High School with Isaac Mass — we graduated in 1994. In all honesty, Isaac is not much different today than he was back then — he still bleeds Green and White! Back then, we elected Isaac as the student who had “Done the Most” … 0

Letter: Columbus an evil man

Sunday, October 11, 2015

As we learn more about Christopher Columbus and his exploits we find that he was an extremely evil man, even for 15th century standards. What he did, written in his own journals and those of a compatriot, the priest Bartolome de las Casas who left Columbus, are horrifying. … 0

Letter: Like what I see

Sunday, October 11, 2015

I’ve had trouble adjusting to changes happening to many newspapers and magazines (usually done to appeal to a younger audience), but the new layout and look of The Recorder is terrific. It’s clear, it’s fresh and it’s informative. Bravo! TOM MINER Shelburne Falls … 0

Letter: Support for services

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The men and women of Scott-Vetterling Chapter 33 of the Disabled American Veterans here in Greenfield would like to thank the citizens of Franklin County and the following local merchants: Foster’s Market, Stop & Shop, Food City and Greenfield Farmers Exchange and the Franklin County Fair Committee for … 0

Editorial: Verbal screening plan lacks details

Friday, October 9, 2015

Untangling the opioid crisis in Massachusetts requires an ability to see the many different strands that compose this troubling situation. The public knows that the crisis fueled by heroin and opioid abuse is a multilayered health issue, one that calls for treatment, including more facilities with more beds … 0

Culleny: Same old tragic story

Friday, October 9, 2015

Turn on the news: it’s a tape loop. It’s beyond our power to change. This is the talk of some politicians about gun blood. Presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) thinks it’s unfixable. Following the latest massacre in Oregon … 0

In the Arena: A roguish point of view

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Is Isaac Mass becoming the Sarah Palin of Greenfield politics? It has been suggested by some people who are not exactly fans of Isaac that his recent public comments on the town’s new tobacco regulations and the debate over regulating wood stoves are indicative of his propensity for … 0