Opinion

Editorial: Eyes on the road, not your phone

Friday, February 27, 2015

Just drive. That should be ingrained in the mind of anyone who has a cell phone when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Once that vehicle is moving, their focus has to be on the road. The consequences are just too dangerous otherwise — to anyone else on the road as well as to the car’s passengers. A … 0

Letter: Information changes

Friday, February 27, 2015

Schooled in the 1940s and ’50s (Bement, Deerfield Academy and Yale University), young people were not bombarded, day and night, by TV and the Internet. Papers like yours and radio were the source of news. Today, I hold the “blurring” between information and “entertainment” (designed solely to build viewers and ratings) responsible for the growing public ignorance of factual, science-based data on the … 0

Letter: Response to barbarity

Friday, February 27, 2015

Egypt’s decisive response to the recent episode of barbarism by ISIL (aka. ISIS) terrorists, provides a good example of how this war must be fought, as well as sending a powerful message. When militants from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State”, (a title I would call a gross mischaracterization), brutally beheaded over 20 Coptic Christians, who were also Egyptian nationals, in Libya, Egypt unwaveringly and … 0

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Letter: Setting record straight

Sunday, February 22, 2015

An open letter to Joe Maruca: Your report is very thorough and will be a helpful guide to Rowe’s Fire Department. I am pleased to hear that many of the goals have already been accomplished in the last five months thanks to the hard work and dedication of … 0

Editorial: Food stamps on the chopping block

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A food fight is again brewing in the hallways of Congress. Republicans in the U.S. House have again set their sights on trimming what they believe is fat in the federal budget, and the House Agriculture Committee is reportedly planning to begin a debate over reforming the Supplemental … 1

In the Arena: Leaf out of the pot playbook

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Someday — and that day may come sooner than you think — it will be legal to smoke a “joint,” a marijuana cigarette, while walking down Main Street in Greenfield or any other street in Massachusetts. It’s been … 1

Editorial: Red flag on casino revenue

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

As Massachusetts waits patiently to learn who will be the winning applicant for the state’s third, and presumably final, resort casino, there was other news this week that residents and state lawmakers should not ignore. A number of states new to the casino gambling game are finding that … 1

Letter: Where’s the coverage?

Friday, February 20, 2015

There are times when there seems to be big news stories missing from The Recorder. These are stories that affect local people and businesses. Last year, when the huge rate increases were announced by the electric suppliers, The Recorder, and the media in general, didn’t seem to take … 0

Letter: Let’s support this

Friday, February 20, 2015

There are a lot of folks in Buckland who are enthusiastically looking forward to having another good restaurant in the village at the Salmon Falls Artisans showroom building. Imagine this — an anchor restaurant in the same building as one of the finest craft galleries in the Northeast … 0

Wentworth/My Turn: The deteriorating Ukraine

Friday, February 20, 2015

Is Obama’s war in Ukraine going according to plan? Since Prime Minister Angela Merkel of Germany and President Francois Hollande of France flew into Moscow 10 days ago to huddle with President Vladimir Putin in his private office … 0

Editorial: Snowing down the economy

Friday, February 20, 2015

Even knowing that we live in New England — where snow is expected — this winter has proven to be a test of our Yankee fortitude. The cycle of snow storms and the amounts dumped on the region have all added up to a significant impact on everyday … 0

Nestel/My Turn: This pipeline’s a problem

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Kinder Morgan pipeline is an issue confronting communities across the state, whether or not the pipeline crosses our own backyards. According to the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, the proposed pipeline would run through at least 148 parcels permanently protected from development by Massachusetts Article 97. The … 0

Letter: Lift up for sea lampreys?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

There has been a suggestion that fish ladders could be placed on the Green River dams. The major problem is what species would use them. Based on Connecticut River counts, the sea lamprey would probably be the heaviest user. For those not familiar with the sea lamprey, they … 0