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Editorial: Creative economy building in Greenfield

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Greenfield and its downtown have long been a hub of activity for the community and its neighbors in Franklin County. Much of it is activity of an economic nature, given the different types of business that attract people to the area. The traditional economic engines — retail establishments, restaurants, tourist sights and other services — that help power the community seem poised to be joined by another engine in creating … 0

In the Arena: Greenfield's tax-rate reduction

Thursday, August 27, 2015

If I were a Greenfield taxpayer — and there’s many reasons why I’m not — the question I’d be asking in the wake of last week’s Town Council meeting is: What did my government just spend $1.4 million on? The council voted to go along with Mayor Bill Martin’s plan to use that money to reduce a tax rate, which His Honor freely … 1

Letter: Stolen decorations

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I would like to know who is low enough to steal all of the decorations off of my family’s plot between Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 15 and 16). I had two beautiful blue rose bouquet — one white, one lavender — along with wisterias hanging from twisted vines. They were beautiful, not something that had seen better days. I can’t express how angry … 0

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In the Arena: Greenfield's tax-rate reduction

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Letter: Growing Greenfield

Letter: Warren MIA on pipeline

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I am so disillusioned. Where is Sen. Elizabeth Warren? She has been MIA, Missing In Action, on the New England Direct pipeline for a whole year! The last time she made a public statement against the pipeline was exactly a year ago. I have called and written her … 0

Editorial: Making more of a vision for Orange

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A vision for what the economic future holds for Orange is in the eye of the beholder. What residents see is colored by many factors, such as how long they have lived in town, their experience, personal interests and sense of community. In seeing Orange and economic revitalization, … 0

Bos/My Turn: Dream becomes nightmare

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence that proclaims, “all men are created equal” with the right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The American Dream is the national ethos of America, a … 0

Letter: Old Home Days

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

We always like to thank all who participated in the 56th Montague Old Home Days. This year we extend a special thanks to all the participants in our “Car Show,” whether they were antiques, racing or unique in some way. We were also visited by the Mohawk Rambler … 0

Letter: Need versus want

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

In its evaluation of the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline, FERC should be considering NEED not WANT. Of course the industries constructing infrastructure and supplying the gas want to sell more. That’s their job. Of course businesses using readily available gas to keep their prices low want more gas … 0

Letter: Student ambassador

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

For the past nine years, the Volunteer Services Department at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center has been running a program called the Student Ambassadors, designed to expose high school students to the field of medicine. This program takes place every summer and lasts for six weeks starting in … 0

Editorial: Area’s Amtrak ridership holds promise but ...

Monday, August 24, 2015

Are these trains — Amtrak’s Vermonter and other north-south service — bound for glory? If so, wishing won’t make it so — and it may be time for officials to stop salivating over the potential for economic development. Only patient and continued public investment in routes, schedules and … 0

Hazard/My Turn: The right power connection for Greenfield

Monday, August 24, 2015

Are you struggling to decide what is the best deal for electricity? If you are like me, a Greenfield resident, you get annoying calls offering you “a better deal than you have today.” So, what to do? For me, the decision is easy. I’m sticking with Greenfield Light … 0

Letter: About those big boxes ...

Monday, August 24, 2015

I take issue with The Recorder’s lead headline on Aug. 11: “Big Box proponents can send comments to court.” After reading the article carefully, it’s apparent that “all interested parties” can submit comments — opponents, too! Is The Recorder showing some bias here? I also question Mayor Martin’s … 0

Letter: Our power options

Monday, August 24, 2015

Bob Leach’s letter Aug. 17 was right on. To my knowledge about half of all nuclear plants in the U.S. are powered by Soviet warhead material which was bought from them as part of a weapon reduction treaty. Despite all the fear mongering that goes on about nuclear … 0