Opinion

Editorial: Expand the bottle bill

Monday, October 20, 2014

For the past 32 years, Massachusetts has had a 5-cent deposit on soda and beer bottles and cans. Compare then to now and you would see a significant difference along our sidewalks, roads and public spaces — it’s a cleaner landscape that has many fewer discarded soda and beer cans. In the past three-plus decades, however, the single-serve beverage landscape has changed dramatically. Sports drinks, iced coffees and teas, vitamin … 0

Green/My Turn: So you’ll know the score

Monday, October 20, 2014

My name is Rick Green and I am the chairman of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, also known as MassFiscal or MFA. MassFiscal is a grassroots organization of over 350 Massachusetts businesspeople, including Democrats, Independents and Republicans. In early August, we began to educate voters by sending direct mail to over 20 legislative districts. The reaction of legislators to having their voting records made … 0

Letter: Autumn fun

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Hicks Family Farm corn maze is such a wonderful addition to the colorful autumn festivities in western Massachusetts. While strolling through the maze, one appreciates the endless entertainment that abounds for all ages as well as the educational and informative tidbits of trivia and very amusing jokes. I am sure that those who have experienced the maze recognize and value all the … 0

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Letter: Vote ‘yes’ on 1

Friday, October 17, 2014

I am voting ‘Yes’ on Ballot Question 1 to repeal the gas tax indexing. Those that support this indexing to inflation believe the money is needed to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure. These are the facts: ∎ Massachusetts already spends four times per mile on the construction of our … 0

Letter: Unhealthy priorities?

Friday, October 17, 2014

U.S., state, and municipal health authorities are working overtime and spending millions of dollars to stem the spread of Ebola, which has killed just one person here. Where is the comparable effort to stem the spread of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases that kill … 0

Editorial: Fear can’t rule Ebola response

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fear is a powerful emotion, creating a sense that one needs to act, quickly. In taking action, however, fear cannot be allowed to cloud one’s judgment or act rashly in haste. Under the best of circumstances, Ebola would … 1

In the Arena: Free-cash management

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin likes to brag about not being a “politician,” but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have good political instincts. That became apparent two weeks ago, when Martin decided to ask each town councilor for suggestions on the best ways to use the town’s recent $3.29 … 0

Letter: Missing our point

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Headlines should reflect, not shape the news. Tuesday’s Recorder (Oct. 7) reported the motion to intervene by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) and the Connecticut River Watershed Council in the federal review of a request by FirstLight, owner of the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage, to increase … 1

Letter: Case for run-off elections

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I agree wholeheartedly with the editorial stating that all candidates should be included in debates. Having heard the first debate, I would like to hear more from the candidates who are being excluded by the Worcester sponsors of their debate on Oct. 27. The reason that their poll … 1

Letter A big difference

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Let’s face it, beside their gender, there is not allot of difference between Mr. Baker and Ms. Coakley. Baker is opposed to the automatic gas tax hike. Baker, brings private industry/civil service experience while Coakley is permanent civil servant. And therein lies the rub. As a civil servant, … 0

Letter: Power up solar

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Greenfield residents should pay special attention to solar power in their town. Solar panels are a great way to help our environment and fight global warming, while protecting homeowners from fluctuating energy costs. Towns all over Massachusetts have been completing solar projects at a breakneck pace, which bodes … 0

Editorial: Buoniconti’s homework

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We’re glad that Mohawk Trail Regional School District Superintendent Michael Buoniconti is doing his homework when it comes to a four-day school week. Such a possible shift in the school week would be a change that would have an impact beyond the classroom. Buoniconti’s research is in large … 0

Bos/My Turn: Our cancer connection

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We call it the “Big C” (along with some other things) in our weekly men’s support meetings at Cancer Connection just across Locust Street from Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Founded in 2000, the nonprofit Cancer Connection (www.cancer-connection.org/) is at heart a “living room,” where each Wednesday at … 0