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Opinion

Editorial: Tracking down Dexter

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Dexter Marsh would be thrilled. The Greenfield handyman and laborer is now the object of a two-year project by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association to bring his amazing story to the public. Using a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, PVMA will research the story of how, in 1835, … 0

Blagg: ‘Green’ energy mix can be done

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The other day, newspapers across New England carried a story that heralded the fact that Burlington, Vt. is claiming that 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water, and biomass. With the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski Rive, the story said, the Burlington Electric Department crossed a long awaited threshold and … 0

Editorial: Bench idea terrific

Friday, September 19, 2014

We were delighted to read about a new plan to recycle metal tree grates from Greenfield’s downtown sidewalks and use them to build new, charming benches for Main and other town streets. It’s a great idea. As regular readers of The Recorder know, we have been in favor of adding more benches to Greenfield’s Main Street, rather than removing them, as some have … 0

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In the Arena: Deja vu

Editorial: New pipeline plan

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The mobilization of western and central Massachusetts residents in opposition to the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline plans has raised a number of valid questions. These have included the source of such gas (fracking, which raises a whole separate issue regarding the environmental impacts of this method of extracting) … 0

In the Arena: Deja vu

Thursday, September 18, 2014

History does seem to have a way of repeating itself in local politics. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Montague, where reality is starting to take hold regarding the future — or lack of same — of the Strathmore Paper Company complex. “If something doesn’t happen soon, … 1

Letter: Follow the money

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Shelburne Senior Center’s FY’15 budget is $208,417 plus money from senior memorial solicitations and, now, the new Senior Center Foundation fundraising group. With this kind of money, it seems like the Senior Center could rein in their spending and live within their generous $208,417 plus budget. So … 0

Letter: Walk carefully!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A brief message to all pedestrians, especially those crossing with youngsters: Please do not jump out into travel lanes from between parked vehicles and assume that drivers have seen you. Pickup trucks; SUVs, delivery vans, even parked cars often shield you from our view! Please: Stop, Look and … 0

Letter: Unjustified swipe

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chris Collins in his Sept.12 column mentions that Denise Andrews “was seen as having a part in” the “unfounded allegations that (Susannah Whipps) Lee may have been dealing drugs out of her Athol home.” Not as scurrilous as the first time Collins and others tried to smear Andrews, … 0

Letter: Birth control vs. CO2?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I have been giving a great deal of thought regarding the public concern about global warming, fuel costs, health care costs, escalating taxes and water. In my opinion the increase in our population has created a problem. Perhaps one possible solution to cutting governmental spending would be to … 0

Editorial: Downtown watch a good idea

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A vibrant and active downtown is a prominent feature in making Greenfield a desirable place to visit, shop, live. Therefore, just as so many residents are happy to call the place “home,” it comes with other responsibilities. One way to handle such a responsibility for our community is … 0

Bos/My Turn: Power of the ballot

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I received a goodly number of comments about my “Mayday” column in The Recorder (Aug. 19). In it, I offered the creation of the MaydayUS “super PAC” (https://mayday.us/) as one way to combat the anti-democratic assault on fair elections by the tidal tsunami of conservative cash unleashed by … 0

Cohn/My Turn: Supportive community

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Education and philanthropy are alive and well in Greenfield and Franklin County. Franklin County, being the most impoverished and rural county in the commonwealth, has much to be proud of. Our community has always given generously to endeavors that support our schools, fund education and help our neighbors … 0

Letter: Media driven?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The two recent beheadings of American independent journalists, as horrific and as disturbing as they were, shouldn’t constitute the basis for American foreign policy formulation. Killing and mass executions are nothing new in the Middle East and in parts of Africa, yet the recent saturation of media coverage … 1