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Editorial: More power for community

Friday, August 22, 2014

Greenfield Mayor William Martin’s push to create a municipal conduit for electrical power may not be unique — there are plenty of communities that have their own municipal electric utility — but it’s important nevertheless. That’s because it’s about the power of community. “This will be a great economic development tool for us,” Martin told The Recorder’s Anita Fritz. “Large companies use a lot of electricity and we will be … 0

Meyer/My Turn: Disturbing change of course

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vermont Yankee, the last of the region’s nuclear plants, will close in December. In response, GDF-Suez FirstLight’s Nortfield Mountain Pumped Storage plant is looking to change its stripes. On June 27, it applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a “temporary” license amendment to allow it broad new freedoms to consume unprecedented amounts of the Connecticut River from Dec. 1, 2014 through … 0

Letter: Finding a candidate

Friday, August 22, 2014

With the election of a new governor coming up this November, I need a candidate I can support. I want to elect someone who really cares about ALL the people, not just the wealthy and powerful. I need someone who understands that our climate is changing and we humans have to power to make things either better or worse. My candidate is very … 0

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Letter: Today’s Republicans

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Abe Lincoln must be turning over in his grave after watching how the Republican Party is today. He would probably switch to the Democratic Party. The GOP (party of no) doesn’t want immigration reform, minimum wage reform, Wall Street reform and the list goes on and on. All … 0

Editorial: Twists and turns with medical pot

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Massachusetts’ maiden foray into the world of state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries has been anything but smooth. Chalk it up to either state officials being completely caught off-guard when voters passed the ballot initiative calling for the legalization of … 1

Warren: We can do better

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Massachusetts has distinguished itself as a state with a strong and enduring commitment to environmental conservation, a commitment evidenced in the wetlands, forests, waters, and state and private conservation lands that run from our coastline to the Berkshires. … 0

Letter: Seen clearly

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I very rarely write letters to the editor, but felt compelled to do so at this time. It is with great sadness that Glen Nichols is closing his doors in Turners Falls. I went there to get my latest pair of glasses and was very happy with the … 0

Letter: The Middle East mess

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thanks to Ted Thornton for his cogent analysis of the Israel-Palestine situation. As Mr. Thornton suggests, denunciation of Israel without concern for the facts of history, geography and politics serves no good purpose. Acting out of pure emotion without consideration of facts rarely serves a good purpose. Millennia … 0

Letter: A stranger’s kindness

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hello, my name is Karen Zeman. My husband, Ted, and I have three beautiful children: Nicholas, 18; Andrew, 15; and Abby, 12. We live in the small town of Bloomer, Wisc. Our son, Andrew, was born blind and has special needs. Despite the challenges he faces on a … 0

Letter: Simple reason

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In Sherrill Hogen’s My Turn article (July 28) she asks the question and I quote “why many more Palestinians are dying than Israelis?” Well the answer is quite simple Sherrill, Israel uses missiles to protect their children while Hamas uses children to protect their missiles. DAVID KEMPF Greenfield … 0

Editorial: A growing black eye in Ferguson

Monday, August 18, 2014

As events have continued to unfold in Ferguson, Mo., little good has transpired — in fact, things just keep getting worse and worse. From the moment black 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer — … 0

Bos/My Turn: Fighting back

Monday, August 18, 2014

In my previous column (Aug. 12) I quoted Bill Moyers, who has written that “Democracy is not a lie. What’s right and good doesn’t come naturally. You have to stand up and fight for it — as if the cause depends on you, because it does.” How can … 0

Letter: No checks on turbines

Monday, August 18, 2014

It’s no surprise to those who are familiar with wind turbines and the companies that sell them that the Hoosac Wind turbines are out of compliance with the state’s noise regulations. All over the world, people living in the vicinity of wind turbines experience the same health problems. … 0