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Editorial: Olympic bid too risky a financial gamble

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It might have been fun. But oh, the sticker shock. The demise of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics shows that people can love the spirit of the games and want great things for their state without losing their sanity. When it came time for Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to place a bet on behalf of his city before … 0

Letter: Share the road

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I was disheartened and saddened to read the recent news of the fatal collision on Routes 5 & 10. Bicyclists, runners, and pedestrians have a right to utilize roadways and should act responsibly when doing so. However, too many vehicle drivers do not seem to take care when sharing the road. I reside in Greenfield and run frequently in town and in Deerfield. … 0

Letter: FERC, grow a backbone

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dear FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission): Will you ever become a responsible, responsive regulatory agency? By which we mean regulate? As opposed caving in to corporate profiteering? Fracking has already been deemed dangerous to the point of being declared illegal in three states. More statewide bans are sure to follow. Why? Resulting earthquakes, for one. Witness Oklahoma. Pipeline leaks. Witness coastal California. High-density … 0

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Letter: Detox center at Lunt

Letter: Detox center at Lunt

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I recently returned to Greenfield from traveling to learn of the controversy surrounding the possible location of a detox on the Lunt property. As an abutter, I believe it is important for everyone who lives close by to be able to express an opinion on this issue. I … 1

Editorial: Holding up public records reform

Friday, July 24, 2015

A group representing municipal officials is using scare tactics to water down or kill a much-needed reform to Massachusetts’ public records law. Lawmakers should see the lobbying effort for what it is — a crusade to put bureaucratic convenience ahead of the public’s right to know how their … 0

Letter: Reminder for FERC

Friday, July 24, 2015

Reminder for FERC Kinder Morgan just disclosed that their own calculation of benefit is half what they previously intended to claim it was. Recent articles on the front page of The Recorder outlining contemplated reductions in the capacity and size of the proposed NED pipeline indicate that the … 0

Editorial: Ed Porter put community first

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In stepping down as executive director of what is now the United Arc after almost 40 years, Ed Porter leaves some very big boots to fill. Sure, it’s hard to replace somebody who has been on the job for roughly four decades. But in Porter’s case, all these … 0

In the Arena: Plastics ban could be on ballot

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Greenfield residents may have more than just contested races in the first November election in the town’s history. A referendum question banning the use of small plastic water bottles and single-use plastic bags may also find its way onto the ballot, provided the proponents are able to secure … 0

Letter: Right place for clinic

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I attended the hearing re: Lunt detox/rehab center, at the middle school. The sound system was horrid and I missed a lot. But, what I learned was that there were no compelling reasons not to grant permission. The usual “Not In My Backyard” group citing reasons such as … 0

Letter: Examining issues

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I am sorry that Marguerite Willis found the Charlemont Forum offensive to her as a Republican. It is not the intention of the forum to criticize any political party. It is its intention to delve into issues that may be controversial but that have relevance on a national … 0

Editorial: Council smart to table action on plastics

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Greenfield Town Council’s decision to table a proposed ordinance banning plastics was a smart move. The decision provides the council critical time to look deeper into the proposal, which would ban plastic shopping bags, single-serve water bottles and plastic foam containers in Greenfield. Tabling the proposal means … 0

Brown/My Turn: Living with wildfires

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Several years ago, a resident of the tiny town of Arroyo Hondo, outside of Taos, N.M., did a rash and foolish thing. He was burning trash in a receptacle outside his house. At the time, a years-long drought had reduced much of surrounding forests to dry, combustible tinder. … 0

Letter: Praising The Recorder

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

As a former 25-plus-year resident of New Salem, I would like to join my old neighbors in praising the work of The Recorder for strong and fair local reporting. The Good Ship Blagg was the paper I subscribed to electronically and turned to daily for news of my … 0