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Editorial: Boiler switch puts heat on Mohawk

Friday, February 5, 2016

The air certainly hasn’t cleared regarding a switch to wood pellet boilers at Mohawk Trail Regional School. Both proponents of the proposal that would switch the building’s heating system from propane-powered boilers to a pellet-fired system and opponents have made their cases looking at both the local picture and a broader one. Each side also attempts to stake out environmental/green turf in order to win the argument. And if the … 1

Mark/My Turn: Pardon Leonard Peltier

Friday, February 5, 2016

Leonard Peltier has been confined in prison for more than 40 years. He was charged with the shooting-death of two FBI agents, Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, in the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. However, the facts around his case show a dismal miscarriage of justice. It looks like the only way Leonard Peltier will be free to go home to friends and … 1

Letter: Making a healthy choice

Friday, February 5, 2016

Thanks for highlighting the serious toll that diabetes takes on the health of people in Franklin County and for drawing attention to the excellent work that the YMCA is doing in partnership with the Community Health Center and others to reduce the impact of this disease. The best part of the Diabetes Prevention Program is not that the Y offers classes — as … 0

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Editorial: Boiler switch puts heat on Mohawk

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Mark/My Turn: Pardon Leonard Peltier

Letter: Don’t retire now

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An open letter to Sen. Benjamin Downing: I was so disappointed to see in the newspaper that you, Sen. Downing, were planning to RETIRE. We desperately need your help to have a chance to hold the line and pass environmentally progressive legislation! I have been working on divestment … 0

Letter: Love Real Pickles

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

As reported in the Jan. 25 issue of The Recorder, Real Pickles, a local, home-grown business, once again won a national award at the Good Food Awards in San Francisco for their organic garlic dills. We should all be proud of Real Pickles, a real success. The article … 0

Letter: Holes in smart-gun article

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An article run on Jan. 22 extolled the supposed benefits of so-called “smart” guns and claimed that a majority of American gun owners would be happy to embrace the technology. Unfortunately, the article missed several important facts. First, the study purporting to show widespread support for “smart” guns … 0

Editorial: Get the help in preventing diabetes

Monday, February 1, 2016

Benjamin Franklin — yes that Benjamin Franklin — has been credited with a number of axioms that have survived the test of time. One in particular, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” comes to mind when discussing diabetes, where the disease can be deterred … 0

Letter: Lost and found

Monday, February 1, 2016

My deepest appreciation to the person who found my black purse in the Big Y parking lot and turned it in to the Greenfield Police station. Thankfully, by the time the purse was found everything was still intact. Thanks, also, to Big Y personnel who helped me look … 0

Letter: Appreciated support

Monday, February 1, 2016

On behalf of Boy Scout Troop 5 of Greenfield, I would like to thank Dolly Gagnon and The Recorder for supporting the troop during its can-and-bottle drive the weekends of Jan. 2 and 9. We appreciate the information you shared in your column about the bottle-and-can drive. The … 0

Letter: Too much information?

Monday, February 1, 2016

In regards to obituary columns: I feel that putting the deceased address in the column is setting the families up for another emotional event (robbery). Everyone knows that there is not usually anyone home during services, so why in these times of desperation for some individuals are we … 0

Editorial: A new treasure trove in Deerfield

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The excitement that employees at Historic Deerfield and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association felt over their newest acquisitions was palpable in The Recorder’s story last week. The organizations were able to … 0

Letter: Handicapping business

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The people running for president make a list of promises. They seldom state how they will accomplish their goals. It is doubtful that any jobs can be brought back. Most young Americans are not aware that unions drove manufactures out of the U.S. Union demands became so great … 1

Letter: Restore Highland Pond

Sunday, January 31, 2016

What a glorious day today (Sunday, Jan. 24) on Highland Pond. My son Sam and I skated, played hockey with friends and met several Greenfield residents. We were all in agreement that restoring the warming hut, increasing access to the pond in winter, and encouraging residents and visitors … 0