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Editorial: United Way helps make it happen

Friday, April 17, 2015

Area residents will see plenty of familiar names in scanning the list of the 26 partner agencies that are supported by the United Way of Franklin County. These local nonprofits provide programs and services where the goal is to help those struggling when it comes to food, literacy, education, physical and mental health or the law. They are local organizations that are made up of paid staff and volunteers who, … 0

Letter: He deserves better

Friday, April 17, 2015

I was going to write an article about a month ago praising Dr. Alan Graichen of Baystate Deerfield Adult Medicine but time got away from me. I have been a patient of Dr. Alan Graichen’s for over 20 years. He is knowledgeable, compassionate, a good listener and has a great sense of humor. He treats me with respect and I feel that the … 0

Letter: Support a senior center

Friday, April 17, 2015

Are you a senior? If not, I hope you will be some day. Around 4,000 Greenfield residents have already reached that milestone. We are asking the community to support our wish for a much-needed new senior center. We’ve heard promises of a new center for years. We still have a facility that has poor air quality, lack of space, leaking ceilings and many … 0

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Connelly/My Turn: Seeing the signs of collapse

Monday, April 13, 2015

I wish to thank The Recorder for printing the March 31 article, “Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards for high tech jobs.” The subject in this article is reminiscent of my 1970 graduate school thesis, which included analysis of the rapidly rising cost of spies and police … 0

Letter: Amend district budget

Monday, April 13, 2015

Once again it is budget time for the district towns. The four-town request, led by Deerfield, of a zero percent increase to the regional school’s budget will result in six staff reductions, once of which will be in the physical education department. I can only speak to the … 0

Letter: The heavens and earth

Monday, April 13, 2015

So much has been written and said about climate change/global warming that some fresh air from the Old Testament needs to clear away the haze. Climate change began “in the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1), and change is still taking place. In … 0

Letter: One-sided portrayal

Monday, April 13, 2015

As a girl, I have been raised from a very young age to understand and avoid situations where someone could attack me. My parents always warn me never to walk anywhere alone, especially on a college campus at night. As a member of Greek life, I have been … 0

Editorial: McGovern right to push discussion

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: One of our two congressmen, James McGovern, wants Congress to have a discussion about U.S. military policy with regards to Iraq and the fight against the terrorists who call themselves … 0

Hynes/My Turn: Bring our war dollars home

Sunday, April 12, 2015

What do our income taxes pay for? Our federal income taxes pay for mandatory federal budget programs, including Social Security and Medicare and interest on federal debt. They also pay for discretionary budget programs, among them education, housing, energy, environment, transportation, food and agriculture and defense. “The budget … 0

Booth/My Turn: Bicycle safety

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I’m writing in response to the recent Recorder article reporting a 14-year-old boy hit by a motorist on Silver Street while biking to school. (“Frosty windshield lands teen cyclist in hospital after car accident” — March 25). First of all, I want to express the relief we all … 0

Letter: Needle disposal

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The recent front-page articles regarding loose hypodermic needles found in public places has certainly generated a lot of discussion about a growing problem. One area that I would like to clarify is regarding the proper disposal of hypodermic needles. There is a state law that bans the disposal … 0

Letter: Vt. Yankee still dangerous

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I encourage everyone to come to the very important informational forum on April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Greenfield Community College’s Downtown Center regarding the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee and the dismantling of the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). Many Vermont officials, as well as Massachusetts towns in … 0

Editorial: Tackling homelessness on many levels

Friday, April 10, 2015

No one sets out to become homeless. But there are a number of circumstances — from losing a job, to an incident like a fire that destroys a home, to a personal crisis — that can put an individual or family out on the street at seemingly a … 0