Opinion

Editorial: Taking back our marathon

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

They came, they ran, they conquered. And they cheered ... how they cheered! This year’s Boston Marathon proved to be a fresh reminder of spring’s awakening, as well as a punctuation mark on a year of recovery following last year’s terrorist bombing attack at the end of the 26.2-mile course. The message was clear for all: You — whoever you … 0

Charney/My Turn: Strengthening keystones

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

“I’m a turtle grazer,” she says, introducing herself to the small audience who has come to learn about gopher turtles. Her audience titters. “Really,” she says, “that is my title. ” Turtle grazers carry their 10-pound charges to a designated area to absorb sunlight, investigate the grasses, socialize with other turtles and NOT escape. It’s part of their rehabilitation process before a safe … 0

Letter: Attention to closing

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Thanks to the Recorder for covering the Conference on Nuclear Plant Closures held April 2. The conference sponsors, the Nuclear Plant Closure Working Group, are working on an insight from professor John Mullin of UMass that there are no good strategies developed to recover from the economic impact of closing nuclear power plants. We have been very clear that we are not thinking … 0

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Well written and inspiring as always....thanks for sharing this and for doing so much for the town. ...(full comment)

McDougall/My Turn: A garden and its people

There's a far bigger difference between dollar coins and paper dollars than those discussed in this article; and a far dirtier story...(full comment)

Blagg: Shortchanging dollar coin

McDougall/My Turn: A garden and its people

Friday, April 18, 2014

It started one stultifying August day when Rich Pascale of Shoestring Farm brought his Gravely “walk-behind tractor” down from the hills to help break ground for the Pleasant Street Community Garden on the grounds of the Davis Street School Administration Building. Rich worked steadily for eight hours, stopping … 1

Letter: Quick thinking

Friday, April 18, 2014

In regard to the Kinder Morgan gas pipeline taking a proposed cut through Franklin County and specifically through the Town of Montague: The Turners Falls water commissioners will allow the pipeline to “access their property near Lake Pleasant” (Recorder, April 4). This is a water supply protection district … 0

Letter: Good works

Friday, April 18, 2014

As many Christians like myself looking forward to celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Easter Sunday, one only had to remember how far Jesus went to reach out to people and the kind of love and compassion He had for us, which resulted … 0

Editorial: Hunger hits higher education

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Americans are becoming more and more aware of the increasing price tag associated with higher education. Much of the focus recently has been on the heavy albatross of debt that can hang around students’ necks once they earn … 0

In the Arena: Surprising primary

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The votes have been counted in Tuesday’s Greenfield Precinct 5 Town Council primary and I’m not sure anyone quite expected the final outcome — including the top vote-getter. “I really didn’t expect to finish first,” candidate Penny Ricketts said. “This precinct scared me a little bit, and I … 0

Letter: Clinging to dollar bill

Thursday, April 17, 2014

In his recent piece, “Shortchanging dollar coin” on April 7, editor Tim Blagg is exactly right about America’s clinging to the one dollar bill — we’re far behind the rest of the world, and will continue to lose out on billions in savings unless we transition from the … 0

Letter: TV guide

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Domestic violence, child abuse, drug use and other violence, I believe, is due to the TV programs that everybody, children as well as adults, watches. Most of these programs on most of the TV channels promote violence and immoral actions. There are some channels that air good moral … 0

Letter: Been good to know him

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Well Mickey (Rooney), ya finally took a break! Thanks for the memories! JOHN WESOLOWSKI Greenfield … 0

Editorial: Don’t answer hatred with silence

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hatred never ceases to amaze us. Day after day, we learn of some act of violence, some public expression of loathing, that creates feelings of sorrow, fear and bewilderment. It leaves us asking: How is this possible? And … 0

Mickiwewicz/My Turn: Knowing how to swim

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

As the YMCA in Greenfield’s aquatics director for the past 23 years, I have seen a lot of changes in children over the decades. The majority of children today are pudgier and/or less fit and their average swim skills are very poor; so poor they would not be … 0