Opinion

Editorial: Red Hawks leaving mark on volleyball

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Congratulations are definitely in order for the girls volleyball team from Frontier Regional School. The Red Hawks just completed another — for the fifth-straight year — state-championship winning season. Through the years, this has been about hard work and sacrifice on the part of the athletes, coaches and their families, and the … 0

Blagg: Reasons to be thankful

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Strictly speaking, we ought to be thankful throughout the year, taking time to appreciate good fortune whenever it occurs, and “smelling the roses” in our daily lives. Does it really take a special day? But, humans being humans, it’s often hard to stop, raise up and look around, and count our many blessings. I have plenty, as it happens, but can’t take credit … 0

Letter: All options

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Town officials are trying very hard to provide our community with fair and accurate information and we feel your staff has done the town of Whately a disservice with the article about the vote on facilitation at last Wednesday’s special town meeting. The second headline reads “Will hold meetings on Town Hall expansion.” This is repeated in the second paragraph. This creates the … 0

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Letter: Defending Madison, art

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The photo and story concerning complaints against Rodney Madison’s outdoor displays in front of his store at 104 Avenue A in Turners Falls were very biased against this artist and shopkeeper. To say that objects were “strewn” on the sidewalk — without the use of quotation marks in … 0

Letter: To our rescue

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It was a dark and anxious day at Turners Falls High School when its long-time building construction program was in a little bit of trouble. After 29 years of delivering quality custom-made storage sheds for sale to the public, the program encountered a problem with its specially made … 0

Letter: Tainted advertisement?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How much money did The Recorder receive to run Kinder Morgan’s half-page advertisement on Page C2 (Nov. 13)? How does this not compromise the paper’s ability to report fairly and without bias on a contentious local issue? Giving Kinder Morgan the editorial space to present its side would … 0

Editorial: Making it all first class

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If you happened to join the other local people who toured Greenfield’s new high school Saturday, you probably agree that what’s been completed so far is fabulous. From modern classrooms that provide the right kind of wiring for today’s technology and the changing tools that teachers and students … 0

Wood/My Turn: Unchecked surveillance

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What are we so afraid of? It’s easy to sound crazy when you start to talk about the United States’ sweeping surveillance program. It could be a conspiracy theorist’s fantasy. But in 2013, former NSA analyst Edward Snowden … 0

Letter: Hawley meeting

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

With the Hawley Special Town Meeting over and done with, I think it is appropriate to say thank you to a number of people. First, I want to thank everyone who showed up and voted on the important issues facing the town. In small-town democracy, the necessity of … 0

Editorial: Board flunks answer to holidays request

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It’s hard to believe that the Montgomery County, Md., school board couldn’t find a better way to deal with requests by its Muslim students to honor their religious holidays in the same way they do Christian and Jewish ones than to scrub all religious holidays from its vocabulary. … 1

den Ouden/My Turn: Destroyer of families

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ebola not only kills individuals, it destroys families. Heads of households and bread winners die and families are left destitute. At times, children are the only survivors and must fend for themselves in devastated communities. I confronted an … 0

Letter: Libs lose big

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

According to Cathy Gouch, “Our country will not begin to heal” as long as people like Ken Carville writes letters to the rditor. Hey Cathy, Ken isn’t the problem. It’s you libs who are the problem. In 2008, the Obama zombies chanted “Yes We Can” and elected a … 1

Letter: What are they hiding?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We, too, like your story (“Gas co.: Current customers covered”, Recorder, Nov. 12), would like Berkshire Gas and Kinder Morgan to produce the specific data on the capacity of their existing gas supply lines and the volume of gas they are committed to supply to their current customers. … 0