Opinion

Editorial: Eyes on the road, not your phone

Friday, February 27, 2015

Just drive. That should be ingrained in the mind of anyone who has a cell phone when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Once that vehicle is moving, their focus has to be on the road. The consequences are just too dangerous otherwise — to anyone else on the road as well as to the car’s passengers. A … 0

Letter: Information changes

Friday, February 27, 2015

Schooled in the 1940s and ’50s (Bement, Deerfield Academy and Yale University), young people were not bombarded, day and night, by TV and the Internet. Papers like yours and radio were the source of news. Today, I hold the “blurring” between information and “entertainment” (designed solely to build viewers and ratings) responsible for the growing public ignorance of factual, science-based data on the … 0

Letter: Response to barbarity

Friday, February 27, 2015

Egypt’s decisive response to the recent episode of barbarism by ISIL (aka. ISIS) terrorists, provides a good example of how this war must be fought, as well as sending a powerful message. When militants from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State”, (a title I would call a gross mischaracterization), brutally beheaded over 20 Coptic Christians, who were also Egyptian nationals, in Libya, Egypt unwaveringly and … 0

About Letters »

The Recorder welcomes letters to the editor which should not exceed 300 words, be of general interest and in good taste and meet legal standards. They may be emailed to letters@recorder.com with "Letter to the Editor" in the subject line or sent via U.S. mail to Letter to the Editor, The Recorder, P.O. Box 1367, Greenfield, MA 01302.

Yes, rail transport is dangerous. But there are risks and dangers associated with pipelines, too, just that (aside from explosions) they tend...(full comment)

Letter: Get educated on pipeline

Christina's is the best restaurant around!!! ...(full comment)

Blue Plate Special: Christina’s in Erving serves up authentic Italian cuisine

Pick/My Turn: Electricity use and you

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Homeowners, who are understandably shocked and outraged by recent, huge jumps in their electricity bills, have been asking for my professional opinion, as a home-energy consultant, about switching to a cheaper electricity supplier. My reply: “Buyer beware!” While suppliers may offer a discount from current high prices, it’s … 1

Letter: Get educated on pipeline

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I don’t consider myself an activist, but when I discovered at the recent GCC Kinder Morgan Open House that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline is scheduled to be routed across the corner of my small property in Deerfield, I decided it was time to do some serious research. For examples … 3

Letter: Let us be the judge

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

“Science on the defensive” by Tim Blagg in The Recorder, begs a hearty reply. “This whole phenomenon,” Mr. Blagg begins, “is particularly painful to me, since I’ve devoted most of my adult working life to parsing through the available information for facts that can be supported by solid … 3

Editorial: Snow days adding up for schools

Monday, February 23, 2015

By just about any measure, this year’s winter weather has been one for the record books. As communities continue efforts to dig out, one issue will linger long after the snow has finally melted away: making up lost school days. Already, school districts are eyeing the calendar to … 0

Newman/My Turn: His voice needs to be heard

Monday, February 23, 2015

United States government officials arrange for proxy jailers in a foreign country to arrest a man, who is then held incommunicado, interrogated and tortured. Although our government determines that the factual basis for its requested detention was wrong … 0

Letter: Weekend hours

Monday, February 23, 2015

If an Amtrak Quik-Trak machine was installed in the John W. Olver Transportation Center, or a human involved in helping to produce Amtrak riding authority, two or three more people a week might board The Vermonter train in Greenfield. But how about keeping those who have already ridden … 0

Letter: Subtraction by addition

Monday, February 23, 2015

As a server who has worked in Shelburne Falls for well over a decade, I can attest that the addition of yet another restaurant will do nothing to enhance the economic viability or character of the village. The numerous restaurants already established here struggle to remain open during … 0

Letter: To my water pipe rescue

Monday, February 23, 2015

I awakened on a recent morning to a mere trickle of water from my faucet. By mid-afternoon, thanks to Greenfield DPW, full service was restored. It is too easy to take our civil servants for granted. From my phone call to Judy at DPW at 7:15 a.m., to … 0

Editorial: Downing thinks out of the box

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: A tip of the hat to state Sen. Benjamin Downing, whose district includes a number of Franklin County towns, for thinking out of the box when it comes to money … 0

Blagg: Hot and cold on the mind

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I’ve been thinking a lot about heat recently — for obvious reasons. When I look at the windows of my 1852-vintage home, for example, I’m less likely to dwell on their lovely thin mullion sash windows than I am to consider the enormous amount of heat that I … 1