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Editorial: Prescription drug ads growing issue

Friday, November 27, 2015

Ever wonder what kind of influence all that prescription drug advertising has on the American public? As it turns out, plenty. For example, over the past two years, the pharmaceutical companies have spent some $4.5 billion to get the word out on their products through television and the Internet, an increase of 30 percent from 2012, according to the market … 0

Hynes/My Turn: Climate change strategies

Friday, November 27, 2015

October 2015 shattered global warming records not only as the world’s warmest October on record but also because it was warmer by an unprecedented increase compared to past years. October signaled another signpost along the ominous global warming trajectory with its climate-induced disasters. Among these are five dire impacts: Global warming: The current … 1

Editorial: Adding to this lengthy saga

Thursday, November 26, 2015

This week’s announcement that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court likely will hear oral arguments in an appeal involving the proposed retail development off the French King Highway in Greenfield this January adds another dimension to this lengthy saga. What is before the state’s highest court is a procedural question of where an appeal by the project’s town approval will be heard. The neighbors, … 0

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Hynes/My Turn: Climate change strategies

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Garbus/My Turn: Our county’s charter school

Monday, November 23, 2015

As a Greenfield resident and principal of the Four Rivers Charter Public School, I’m hoping to clarify some issues related to public charter schools in a way that assumes the best intent of all involved, even though opinions might differ. A number of things reportedly said at a … 0

Letter: Legislative opportunity

Monday, November 23, 2015

A little over a month ago I wrote a letter to The Recorder about what we can do about climate change. I mentioned lessening our carbon footprint and supporting the bill entered by state Sen. Michael Barrett concerning pricing carbon at its true social cost, in other words … 0

Letter: Stick with the facts

Monday, November 23, 2015

I consider myself generally opposed to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, not being convinced it is needed, and concerned about its crossing of conservation lands and fragmenting wildlife habitat. However, the cause of pipeline opponents is not served well by hyperbole and misinformation. Jeffrey Scott’s letter of Nov. 4 … 0

Letter: Prescription management

Monday, November 23, 2015

Several years ago after back surgery I was sent home with a large bottle of OxyContin. I had no idea how addictive they were until the day I decided to stop taking them; what followed was a frightening and uncomfortable 24 hours of nausea, chills, sweating and agitation … 0

West Nile in WMass

Sunday, November 22, 2015

W e doubt many people are eager to spray pesticides around Greenfield to lower the risk of serious mosquito-spread diseases like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Nonetheless, it was comforting to see the Greenfield Board of Health this week at least opening discussions about what can … 0

Gran/My Turn: Climate needs commitment

Sunday, November 22, 2015

C urrent commitments from nations to the Paris climate conference are inadequate to meet the challenge of keeping average global temperature change below 2 degrees Celsius (2C) — the not-to-exceed temperature increase above pre-industrial level agreed to at … 3

Letter: Perception vs. risk reality

Sunday, November 22, 2015

I found the headline “Paris attacks lead Americans to wonder about safety” (The Recorder, 11/18/15), very interesting and wondering about our grasp of risk. Although the Paris attacks were a terrible tragedy, every 2 days more Americans die in car accidents than died in the Paris attacks. If … 0

Letter: Don’t refuse refugees

Sunday, November 22, 2015

I was saddened to hear about the governors’ slamming the doors of America to war refugees. We, along with France and Russia, are the ones bombing their homes to wipe out the scourge of terrorists. There is nowhere safe for these innocents to go in their homeland of … 0

Letter: Climate change vs. global warming

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Recently, you had a reader claim that “people who bring up politics when debating climate change don’t understand science”. I would agree! Most people don’t disagree that the climate is changing, the climate is changing every day and has been for thousands of years! What many people disagree … 3

Letter: This Thanksgiving remember, Pilgrims were refugees, too

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Governor Baker, There seems to be a sad lack of original thought in our statehouse. We expect our governor to represent the people of the Commonwealth, not to fall into line with the rest of the bigots in national politics. You seem to forget in this time of … 0