Opinion

Editorial: Saluting Orange’s plans

Friday, December 19, 2014

We’re glad to see that a group of nonprofit planners in Orange are working on the town’s waterfront, seeing it as one way to renewed regional prosperity. They envision an area paved with bike paths, boat launches and fully accessible public fishing piers — and are in the final stages of a deal with Erving Paper CEO Morris Housen for a low-cost lease of a seven-acre riverfront plot. The land … 0

Letter: Thanks, utility workers!

Friday, December 19, 2014

We would like to express our appreciation for the diligent effort put forth to restore power to the thousands of people who lost their electricity due to the storm on Nov. 26. Some of you come from as far as Canada and others from nearby. You had to work in hazardous conditions and cope with the cold and heavy falling snow, but that … 0

Letter: They should have been freed

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thank goodness for lawyers like Stewart “Buz” Eisenberg. After years of unpaid work and dedicated effort his last client has left our prison camp on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sometimes when the law fails, as it did in the case of the Guantanamo detainees, lawyers can only serve as witness to illegality and injustice. This is heartbreaking, frustrating work, but very important, not only … 0

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Letter: Thanks, folks!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

On the night of Nov. 8, The Gallery for a Night was a most amazing and enormously successful event! Not only was it a financial success, but it was a tremendously exciting venue that received enthusiastic support from the community-at-large. We had a full house that night, just … 0

Editorial: Australians lead

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A short story that moved on the AP wire Monday struck a chord that should resonate around a globe that is inundated with gloomy stories about bad things happening to good people. The setting was certainly typical of too many we’ve heard about lately. An Iranian born man … 0

Hynes and Crowe/My Turn: ‘Christmas Truce’ signified truth

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By H. PATRICIA HYNES and FRANCES CROWE Along the western front of World War I lie miles of cemeteries for British, Scottish, Belgian, French and other soldiers killed in the war. In a lone, out-of-the way plot in … 1

Letter: Crosswalk crisis

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What is it worth for someone to fix the crosswalk in front of the Farren Care Center? Is it worth a life? My mother was almost hit by a car last Tuesday walking to her car after leaving work. A car hit her coat even after she jumped … 0

Letter: A good message

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Well said, Richard Wedegartner (My Turn: Part of the Pain Solution). Massage, Reiki, acupuncture and aroma therapy are all tools to help people manage and recover from their pain without the use of medicines that only mask the symptoms — or make them feel disconnected enough that they … 0

Editorial: All aboard!

Monday, December 15, 2014

On. Nov. 23, 1846, the first train pulled into Greenfield, fresh from its trip from Northampton, and full of promise. The story in the local newspaper — an ancestor of this publication — reported that the phenomenon of a steam-powered vehicle was so unusual that a local dog, … 0

Editorial: State needs to put in more for Internet

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Finding the right way to make $5 million stretch seems almost counter-intuitive. After all, we’re talking $5 million. But when it’s the money available for those communities in Massachusetts that … 0

Blagg: Detrimental to democracy

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Democracies aren’t particularly good at reacting to sudden threats — they tend to overreact, exhibiting signs of paranoia and even hysteria in the aftermath of an unexpected attack or crisis. And in that period immediately following the event, … 0

Letter: Foolish insistence

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Foolish insistence While far from the perfervid ululations decrying a ‘war on Christmas’ that the sane amongst us must annually steel themselves, The Recorder has recently, and in the past, decidedly put itself into the camp which declares that religious, sectarian messaging is and should be on display … 1

Bos/My Turn: Capitol Christmas

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the House Tea party conservatives continued to grouse About immigrants for which they had not a care, Nor Obama’s executive order which caused them despair. Republicans were nestled all snug … 0