Opinion

Editorial: Adding to the Pioneer mix

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The possibility of adding high school students from New Hampshire to the mix at Pioneer Valley Regional School would indeed be a significant plus. The school and district would benefit both from an infusion of new students as well as a budgetary increase from tuition that would accompany the students. And it would provide Pioneer with growth that otherwise would not be possible. Like a number of other regional high … 0

Letter: Frontier early release

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I am responding to your editorial about the recent changes to school scheduling at Frontier Regional School in Union 38. This editorial was published on Aug. 17. As a student who is affected by this change, I have mixed feelings about it. While I am pleased to have early let-outs on Fridays, and less class time wasted with substitute teachers, I’m concerned about … 0

Letter: Written reminders

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Upon further reflection, I’ve concluded that The Recorder should endeavor to print the letters of Messrs. Gomez, Grant, Kempf, et al, on the same day whenever feasible. It would provide a powerful object lesson to those readers still in occasional contact with reality that people such as this do exist and that they vote based on their beliefs. JAMES MAIEWSKI Deerfield … 0

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Letter: Protect our land, rights

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Rep. Garrett Bradley, D-Hingham, has filed House Bill 3690 to take and destroy conservation and recreation land in Sandisfield on behalf of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan. His legislation seeks an easement over protected conservation land to facilitate construction of the Connecticut Expansion … 2

Letter: Troubling personality

Sunday, August 30, 2015

My potential comments toward Mr. Donald Trump are not meant to be inflammatory or derogatory statements, but rather a character study of his personality, of which includes his behavioral traits. This top runner for the Republican nomination is said to be a narcissist. Narcissism is when one dwells … 1

Editorial: We must address our gun problem

Friday, August 28, 2015

What began as a routine television interview became, in seconds, gruesome evidence of the intersection of narcissism, social media and the American gun culture. If any good is to come of Wednesday’s fatal shooting of two young journalists … 2

Letter: The pipeline question

Friday, August 28, 2015

Lately, I have heard constant discussions regarding the proposed natural gas pipeline. Everyone is talking about it. Posters that say “Stop the Pipeline” have adorned lawns all over Massachusetts and petitions are constantly being handed to me, asking to be signed. My question is why is a pipeline … 2

Letter: Vital override

Friday, August 28, 2015

I am writing to respond to the article “Budget veto override means funding for homeless youth” in the Aug 22 paper. As more unpleasant news pops up in the paper every day, and funding for almost every public service seems to be dwindling, I was pleasantly surprised reading … 0

Letter: Right choice for Lunt

Friday, August 28, 2015

I live not far from the old Lunt factory. I was very glad the mayor and Town Council signed the contract for a detox/rehab center; Franklin County needs this. We have a serious drug problem here and people need our help. No one knows what it’s like to … 0

Letter: Multiple uses

Friday, August 28, 2015

One-time use? Are you kidding? We use plastic grocery bags for a number of things: to store ice in the freezer; take to the Y to put our wet swimsuit in to bring home; in all our wastebaskets in the house and in the car for our rubbish; … 0

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, … 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 … 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. … 0