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Editorial: Boiler switch puts heat on Mohawk

Friday, February 5, 2016

The air certainly hasn’t cleared regarding a switch to wood pellet boilers at Mohawk Trail Regional School. Both proponents of the proposal that would switch the building’s heating system from propane-powered boilers to a pellet-fired system and opponents have made their cases looking at both the local picture and a broader one. Each side also attempts to stake out environmental/green turf in order to win the argument. And if the … 1

Mark/My Turn: Pardon Leonard Peltier

Friday, February 5, 2016

Leonard Peltier has been confined in prison for more than 40 years. He was charged with the shooting-death of two FBI agents, Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, in the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. However, the facts around his case show a dismal miscarriage of justice. It looks like the only way Leonard Peltier will be free to go home to friends and … 2

Letter: Making a healthy choice

Friday, February 5, 2016

Thanks for highlighting the serious toll that diabetes takes on the health of people in Franklin County and for drawing attention to the excellent work that the YMCA is doing in partnership with the Community Health Center and others to reduce the impact of this disease. The best part of the Diabetes Prevention Program is not that the Y offers classes — as … 0

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I've had the same thoughts about the need for President Obama pardoning Leonard Pelletier. Let's hope he has the courage to do...(full comment)

Mark/My Turn: Pardon Leonard Peltier

Wood boilers are a significant in Europe because it is considered carbon-neutral and thereby contributes to attempts to reduce green house gas...(full comment)

Editorial: Boiler switch puts heat on Mohawk

Letter: I offer a challenge

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I challenge anyone after reading my letter to prove me wrong about the following statements: I firmly believe; more CO2 is created and expelled into the earth’s atmosphere from manufacturing, transportation and installation of solar panels and wind turbines than what is “saved” by their use. This is … 4

Editorial: A test for South County EMS

Friday, January 29, 2016

Back in 2012, when the idea of a regional ambulance service for the South County towns of Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately was broached, Bruce Baxter, the consultant hired to look into such a service, said the three-town plan could work if it was allowed to do so. “It … 0

Hynes/My Turn: A citizen of the world

Friday, January 29, 2016

Donald Trump’s odious, ugly American pledge to prohibit Muslims from entering our country stirred long-cherished memories of my Muslim and Arab students and friends. I am looking at two small cream-colored pillows nestled into corners of our living … 0

Letter: Why so much mutual aid?

Friday, January 29, 2016

I couldn’t help but notice the recent Birch Street single-family house fire resulted in nine additional towns responding. That sounds like a ridiculous amount of mutual aid for a single-family house fire. Perhaps it was an error in reporting? I think of all of those additional units responding … 0

Letter: Bernie’s health plan

Friday, January 29, 2016

The recent articles on Bernie Sanders’ health care plan have been pretty good. The idea put forth by The Clintons (Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea) that Bernie’s plan would somehow automatically destroy Obamacare and other scattershot, piecemeal health programs is absurd. A proposal or plan is not a completed … 0

Letter: Biased cartoons

Friday, January 29, 2016

In Saturday’s Recorder there were four editorial cartoons making fun of, and demonizing the Republican frontrunner for president, FOUR! And yet there wasn’t one doing the same for any Democrat. Not one. And this seems to be the norm. Why? Does this seem fair? Do you still pretend … 0

Editorial: Innovative church service in Orange

Thursday, January 28, 2016

“Necessity is the mother of invention” is a proverb that has been around for centuries, with an appearance in ancient Greece in Plato’s “Republic.” Applications in life have been around for centuries, too, though one of the latest … 0

In the Arena: Rumbling over Greenfield

Thursday, January 28, 2016

There may not be a municipal election in Greenfield in November, but this may not exactly be the political “breather” year some are expecting. Let’s consider a few potential issues that popped up at the most recent Greenfield Town Council meeting. Budget storm clouds? Greenfield has had a … 2

Letter: A terrible strip

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Let me add my voice to those calling for WuMo to be replaced by something better. I am a big fan of the comics page. I read “Stone Soup” daily — it had decent drawing, and the story kept up my interest. WuMo’s drawing is terrible — every … 0

Letter: Housing issues

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Help! Can somebody from Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority give some straight answers? The truth? In the past, I had to write to the paper to get someone’s attention for help. When I did, the executive director, Robin Sherman, responded. “If you need help in the … 0