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Opinion

Editorial: Finally, the focus will be on the game

Friday, January 30, 2015

Super Bowl weekend. The world won’t necessarily stop on Sunday as the National Football League season reaches its climax with its championship game, but ... We know that much of Franklin County will join the rest of New England in rooting on the Patriots, just as the Pacific Northwest will undoubtedly be cheering on the Seattle Seahawks. It must be … 0

Mark/My Turn: Keeping college affordable

Friday, January 30, 2015

The inability to afford a college education should never stand in the way of a promising student’s success. I remember it like it was yesterday, I had made the decision not to return to college in the fall, and I was wondering where my life would end up. I was a student at UMass, but I realized I couldn’t afford to be there … 0

Letter: Getting free from plastic

Friday, January 30, 2015

As a member of the team trying to get single-use plastic out of our waste cycle, I find the editorial use of the word “zealous” a very biased comment from someone who has not even been a part of our experience. Also the editor’s assumption that the townspeople would not be supportive of our petition (when over 1,400 signed it) or that it … 0

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Browning/My Turn: The right shoe

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I recently conducted a shoe-c utting party for the charity, Sole Hope, at the Greenfield Public library. I was so inspired that I am thinking of hosting another event in February. Let me share: From the time I … 0

Amyot/My Turn: Our drive to reduce plastic use

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Imagine my surprise Friday morning when I read in The Recorder that our group was trying to get a measure passed without following democratic procedures. About a year ago, our group approached the Town Council’s Appointments and Ordinances Committee about the possibility of banning plastic water bottles in … 0

Letter: Our educational dollar

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I would like to comment on the front-page article of The Recorder on Obama’s education plan. President Obama has presented a plan to make community college education free for qualified students. As GCC President Pura said, this policy is a radical change in U.S. history making higher education … 0

Letter: Helping out

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What two ways can you help yourself and help the fire and police? That yellow thing, a fire hydrant, could be cleared of snow. This water source allows the Fire Department to put out fires. Hope we never need the darn thing, but, an ounce of prevention is … 0

Editorial: Free to move the nation forward

Monday, January 26, 2015

Two more years with no elections ... can be freeing. During the State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama broached the subject when he said, “I have no more campaigns to run,” it was met by applause … 0

Hynes/My Turn: Refusing to play the victim

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Paris Peace Accords were signed on Jan. 27, 1973, making possible a re-united Vietnam. The peace accords ended eight years of the American War (as it is known to the Vietnamese) and two prior decades of covert warfare against this small, agrarian Asian country. For much of … 0

Editorial: Kennametal growth good news

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re always looking for good economic development news such as the kind recently issued by Kennametal in Greenfield. The manufacturer of cutting tools for all types of industries has already … 0

Blagg: Making a safer world

Sunday, January 25, 2015

So what are we going to do? In the wake of the past few years’ continuing assaults by groups or individuals claiming to represent Islam — and the apparent ease with which they pick “soft targets” around the … 0

Letter: Reject this project

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Building the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) is a very bad idea. This pipeline would facilitate the extraction of tar sands oil, a low-quality product whose production causes even more pollution than conventional oil. According to the state department, KXL would increase climate pollution by 27.4 million metric tons … 0

Letter: Knew it was coming

Monday, January 26, 2015

RE: “Nuke job losses will hurt” (Dec. 26, 2014): Of course, but with headlines like these in the mainstream press, one of the many facts about nuclear power generation are distorted or omitted. What is the big deal? These jobs were finite at the beginning (20 years). The … 0