Editorial: An end and beginning in Shelburne Falls

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The news that Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing has found a new place to set up shop isn’t exactly surprising given that the company has made its intentions known, particularly as it emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Still, learning that the factory would no longer be entrenched at its complex on Conway Street in Shelburne Falls brings to an end 178 years of a relationship with Shelburne Falls and, as … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: The state’s SNAP snafu

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Since last October, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has experienced an exceptionally sharp decline in the number of recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps. This sudden drop is due primarily to a “business process redesign” implemented by the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). Although this new system was designed to match caseworkers with clients more quickly and provide … 0

Letter: Illegal drivers

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Every time there are police log entries in The Recorder, there are many which pertain to “Hit and Run” accidents. One has to ask: “Why are there so many?” ANSWER: If a driver of a vehicle has an expired or no valid license and/or registration and/or no insurance ... Do you think he/she would remain at the scene? I think NOT! This begs … 0

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Letter: Abandoned by US

Cahillane/My Turn: Caught with their pants down

Thursday, March 26, 2015

“PADDY PANTSDOWN!” Is one of my all-time favorite tabloid headlines. It ran in the Sun newspaper when a member of Parliament, Paddy Ashdown, admitted a five-year affair with his secretary. He was afterward knighted then named to the House of Lords as Baron Ashdown of Norton Sub-Hamdon. Ashdown … 0

Editorial: Conway neighbors show the way

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Right neighborly. That may seem some sort of quaint phrase to someone coming to western Massachusetts from outside the region — from the eastern part of the state or even one of the more urban areas south of here. But when you call one of the 26 communities … 0

Wyatt/My Turn: In Warwick, we’ve got answers on broadband project

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I am writing in reply to “Costly cable venture,” the March 20 letter to the editor regarding the Fiber-To-The-Home project that will be coming before the Warwick annual Town Meeting this May. The Warwick Broadband Committee has been meeting regularly and is working hard to answer all the … 0

Letter: Corporate bullying

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Recently, there were these two articles: “Pipeline pledge Deerfield vows legal action against state if survey permission granted” by Tom Relihan and “Gas pipeline foes parse draft impact report” by Richie Davis. These articles underscore the lack of transparency by both FERC and TGP concerning the potential invasion … 0

Letter: Staying informed

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Thanks much to The Recorder for reminding me that Sunshine Week has arrived. I am usually aware this First Amendment celebration is in the offing to remind and re-educate all of us about how critical it is that we have access to information about our government. Without independently … 0

Editorial: More openness, not less, should be the rule

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

State officials heard Saturday from those involved with local government who take issue with the current version of the Open Meeting Law. If you listened to the complaints, the law’s faults are many ... from complicated to petty or overly restrictive to impeding progress, and it was clear … 0

Culleny: Holy high rollers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Although Americans have a prevalent national faith, Christianity, we have another faith at least equally as fervent: Capitalism. In America, both are mythic and fundamental, which means they’re bound to our psyches like barnacles and cannot easily be … 0

Letter: YMCA a constant

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Aside from a few years where my job took me elsewhere, I’ve lived in Greenfield my whole life. I’ve noticed Greenfield go through many changes over the years from downtown to government, from schools to employers, from good to not so good and back to good again. But … 0

Letter: The toothless NRC

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I attended the NRC Vermont Yankee Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report Public Meeting on Feb. 19 in Brattleboro. What I saw and heard there was quite disturbing. As in most other industries, this regulatory agency seems to have been disemboweled by collusion between the industry, our elected officials and … 3

Editorial: Sensible plan with early release

Monday, March 23, 2015

Generally speaking, plenty gets packed into a school day. For teachers that often means more than just what’s taking place in the classroom. Their day, at times, can include personnel development, including meetings and training. That can turn into quite a scheduling act, sometimes making it necessary to … 0