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Honey Bees watch and feel the dance of a scout bee, center, who is communicating the location of pollen to the other bees the hive.

Editorial: The buzz surrounding pollinators in peril

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Our Pioneer Valley, a region dotted with farms, orchards and fields, makes an idyllic vision, one that conjures up “the land of milk and honey,” words from the Old Testament. Those words can be taken quite literally since the region does provide much in the way of fresh dairy products, fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers and, yes, even honey. This bounty … 0

Healey/My Turn: Wrong direction with our forestry assets

Sunday, May 24, 2015

If you head south in western Massachusetts on Interstate 91, every day, all day long, you will see hundreds of trucks filled with local logs going north, many to Canada and some to Europe and China. The trucks take thousands of jobs and economic opportunities for rural Massachusetts with them. Other states have done studies demonstrating that the ripple effect — if one … 0

Wilson/My Turn: To build a fire

Sunday, May 24, 2015

What to do to honor the Earth? Burn brush. Why? According to my aesthetic, I like the woods around our house to be open and clear, like a park, but branches fall down every winter and picking them up takes quite a while. Sometimes trees fall and I like to get the hardwoods cut into stove lengths so I can carry them over … 0

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Letter: We mustn’t forget

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Let’s not forget the true meaning of Memorial Day, a day of remembering those men and women who died while serving our country. To all veterans, please march or ride in this Memorial Day parade in remembrance of the sacrifices that were made. TOM TRAVIS Greenfield … 0

Editorial: Congress needs to alter Amtrak course

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Amtrak resumed service between Washington, D.C., and New York City Monday, along the Northeast Corridor/Trenton line, following the deadly crash outside of Philadelphia last week. Many questions remain as to why the train was traveling at more than 100 mph, twice the posted speed limit, when it hit … 0

Grant/My Turn: Martin Luther’s story

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

“Whatever you’ve seen in the movies and pictures, Martin Luther probably didn’t nail his ‘95 theses’ onto a church door in Wittenberg.” That’s a quote from the “Conflict to Communion” story in the May 2 Recorder. The door in question was the entry of Wittenberg Castle (Catholic) Church; … 0

Letter: Pension divestiture

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The article about lawmakers pushing pension plans to divest from fossil fuel companies left out a few key points. There is a scientific and growing political consensus that as much as 8 percent of fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground (“stranded assets”) if we are … 0

Letter: Missed articles

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Your article, “Hawley Voters OK Amended Recall and Broad Band Articles” (May 13), either inadvertently missed the point or sought to downplay the two contentious articles (Numbers 54 and 55) advanced by petitioners at the Hawley town meeting on Monday night. These two articles, introduced by Hussain Hamdan … 0

Letter: Democracy in action

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To all of the Greenfield citizens who attended the Appointments and Ordinance Committee meeting on May 11 and to those who spoke so powerfully and eloquently against the Mass Assembly Ordinance Proposal, which appeared to fringe upon our First Amendment rights: you make me even prouder to be … 0

Letter: Just a little cheating

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

So the Patriots got caught cheating again. It’s just a little cheating. Nothing major. Yes, they would have won the game anyway, which makes the cheating even more ludicrous. What is the lesson here? Some cheating is OK, but some cheating isn’t; such as in the case of … 1

Letter: Dump the Pump

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

On June 18, 2015, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and public transportation systems across the country will celebrate the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day. With the continued fluctuation of gas prices, everyone is looking for a way to save money. National Dump the Pump Day encourages … 1

Letter: Obstructed view

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

This morning I noticed a contradictory action. As you go north on Route 112 toward Shelburne Falls, there is a beautiful side hill hay field, which is so admired that the Franklin Land Trust accepted the development rights so the land would continually be open. Now next to … 0

Editorial: Trees should grow in Greenfield

Monday, May 18, 2015

For a community with a name like Greenfield and a decades-long heritage of environmental activism, it’s easy to understand the angst and anxiety caused when the town razes rows of neighborhood shade trees — and equally difficult to understand the town’s stingy ways when it comes to replacing … 0