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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 as well as programs and services to help individuals remain on sobriety’s path. The public understands, too, the crisis is a law … 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 he said, “That’s the way the world works, and that’s the way the world always … 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 “going rogue,” a distinction that Mass acknowledges has some merit. “I’m in the minority on … 0

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Letter: Defending the USPS

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Deerfield, SCEMS discuss second housing option; Whately not pleased

Editorial: Our volunteer fire departments need you

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Volunteers are at the heart of any community — this is especially true in the small communities that dot the Pioneer Valley. We don’t want to imagine what life would be like without the men, women and children willing to pitch in, not for fame or anything close … 0

Earles/My Turn: A critical qualification

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The (Massachusetts) Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) oversees numerous boards of registration that license and regulate hundreds of thousands of individuals and businesses to practice trades and professions in Massachusetts. Their mission is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by licensing qualified individuals and businesses to … 0

Letter: Inside our bubble of violence

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I am sickened by yet another mass shooting in Rosenburg, Ore., at Umpqua Community College. We have had 45 such killings in this year alone. The president is right: We’ve become numb to these horrors. Well, I am outraged. I want accountability! We have become an un-self-regulated society. … 0

Letter: Like what he’s doing

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A letter to state Senate President Stan Rosenberg: Dear Stan, I read in The Recorder (Sept. 30) that you clearly expressed doubt as to FERC’s ability to rule on current decentralized energy affairs due to their outdated statutes from 1934. You ask essential questions about the “need” for … 0

Letter: Argue with facts

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BEWARE the arguments of Paul Abrahams and Gary Greene. Both resort to ad hominem arguments against David Williams’ Solyndra column. Ad hominem arguments occur when the respondents can no longer argue the facts. So, they attack the person. They are usually considered a fallacy. It doesn’t matter if … 0

Letter: Caring for Greenfield

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I was going to Big Y in Greenfield today, the back way by the college entrance. On the road by Davenport’s there was a senior gentleman sitting on the sidewalk. He was pulling out all the dirt and new grass growing in the cracks and along the sidewalk. … 0

Editorial: Lighting a fire over wood stoves

Monday, October 5, 2015

Call it “informational and educational.” Talk about “best practices.” Make the point that this was just a discussion and that it’s too early to determine where such talks might lead. But when wood stoves become a topic for a meeting of a Greenfield Town Council subcommittee where the … 3

Barnett/My Turn: Here’s the Hampshire Council of Government’s explanation

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Recorder recently editorialized that the Hampshire Council of Governments has “plenty of explaining to do” with regard to the recent decision of the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to deny 35 western Massachusetts municipal electricity aggregation petitions. The council sponsored the petitions in question. Our explanations follow. … 0

Letter: Light up the sign

Monday, October 5, 2015

Re.: Recent Factory Hollow crashes. Maybe the large green overhead sign on Route 2 should be illuminated after dark and in bad weather (e.g., fog, rain, etc.). BILL KILPATRICK Northfield … 0

Letter: Mental illness awareness

Monday, October 5, 2015

Mental Illness Awareness Week is, Oct. 4 through Oct. 10. We at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass) want people to be aware of the fact that mental health conditions affect one in four adults. We want people to know that these disorders are … 0