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Opinion

Editorial: Bench idea terrific

Friday, September 19, 2014

We were delighted to read about a new plan to recycle metal tree grates from Greenfield’s downtown sidewalks and use them to build new, charming benches for Main and other town streets. It’s a great idea. As regular readers of The Recorder know, we have been in favor of adding more benches to Greenfield’s Main Street, rather than removing them, as some have argued in the past. This will add … 0

Editorial: New pipeline plan

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The mobilization of western and central Massachusetts residents in opposition to the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline plans has raised a number of valid questions. These have included the source of such gas (fracking, which raises a whole separate issue regarding the environmental impacts of this method of extracting) and whether this gas will be used to help meet the region’s energy needs or … 0

In the Arena: Deja vu

Thursday, September 18, 2014

History does seem to have a way of repeating itself in local politics. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Montague, where reality is starting to take hold regarding the future — or lack of same — of the Strathmore Paper Company complex. “If something doesn’t happen soon, we’re going to have to take the whole mill down,” Selectman Mark Fairbrother said recently. … 1

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In the Arena: Deja vu

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Letter: Media driven?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New game show popular Are you ready to play, “Who is right?” If you own a television set, then you can play. The rules of the game are quite simple. All you need to do is tune in to Fox News and compare their political views and statements … 0

Editorial: Don’t shield domestic abusers

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Massachusetts’ new domestic violence law, considered sweeping in scope, should be a strong disincentive for such acts of abuse. But the law shouldn’t have the unintended consequence of providing abusers cover for their actions. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what is happening today, as police departments across the state are … 0

Wilson/My Turn: Our imprint on this mess

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

As the British demonstrated in the Battle of Britain in 1940 and Americans demonstrated after 9/11, people do not like being bombed. In January of 1991, we bombed Iraq for five weeks, destroying much of the infrastructure of … 0

Letter: Pipeline alternatives

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

We the people, citizens and voters, need to sign petitions telling the six governors of New England to reduce the cost of our electricity by using alternative power sources instead of the Kinder Morgan gas pipeline. How much power can we generate by placing solar units all along … 0

Letter: Diaper decisions

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I swore I wouldn’t get on a pulpit about this issue but I believe that pressuring our local governments to support Diaper Need Awareness Week is carrying things a little too far. While I’m in agreement that diapers are a basic household necessity than cannot and should not … 0

Editorial: Obama’s plan to meet a threat

Monday, September 15, 2014

President Obama has provided the nation with his plan for addressing the threat posed by terrorists that go by the Islamic State, and it, thankfully, backs away from relying strictly on U.S. military force. “I have made it … 0

Shaney/My Turn: What I want to believe

Monday, September 15, 2014

The pipeline. An awful lot has been written about it. I want to believe … I want to believe that the two resolutions that passed overwhelmingly in my town of Ashfield — one to ban the pipeline, one to put forth community rights — mean something. I want … 1

Letter: The art scene

Monday, September 15, 2014

We read with great concern Dan Brown’s letter of Sept. 8 with its dire assessment of the art scene in Franklin County. Are we talking of the survival of art or the survival of artists? We suggest that what needs to be nourished for survival is the appreciation … 0

Letter: Advocates sought

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pick any number between one and 10 and you may land on the number of placements that a child involved in foster care has experienced. These moves can mean moving from school to school and never keeping friends; it can mean leaving a town that feels familiar and … 0

Editorial: Grand plans for Sweetheart, Lake House

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Ambitious and creative are a couple of words that come to mind regarding the plans that Mauricia Alvarez has for both the former Sweetheart Restaurant building in Shelburne Falls and the … 0