Opinion

Editorial: No reverse on casinos

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Casinos will never be the financial golden goose for Massachusetts that some supporters contend. No, allowing the state to become host to this expansion of legalized gambling is a much more complex proposition. From the health of the overall casino market across the country to Massachusetts’ stops and starts in creating the framework and requirements for the awarding of the licenses for the three resort casinos — and a slot … 0

In the Arena: Turned off by attack ads

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Not long after taking the oath of office, President John F. Kennedy, an avid consumer of daily newspapers, was asked if he still read as much as he used to, especially given the amount of criticism he received on a daily basis in certain publications. Kennedy reportedly replied, “I’m reading more and enjoying … 0

Letter: Energy leadership

Thursday, October 23, 2014

As Massachusetts shifts from fossil fuels like coal to low-carbon, community-owned energy, we need policymakers willing to embrace the nuanced and difficult challenge of transition. Thank you to Congressman Jim McGovern and state Rep. Denise Andrews for their tireless service on behalf of Massachusetts residents and in building a clean-energy economy. These leaders have championed energy efficiency and renewable energy while levying harsh … 0

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Letter: Benefiting others

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Monday, Oct. 6, I was privileged to take part in a fundraiser event at the restaurant Hope and Olive in Greenfield. This particular event night benefited the nonprofit Diggity Service Dogs, which trains and places rescued dogs as assistive service dogs for psychiatric purposes. Everything about the evening … 0

Letter: Re-elect Kulik

Sunday, October 19, 2014

We, in the 1st Franklin District are fortunate to have Steve Kulik as our representative. Steve has held this seat because he has a consistent record of voting in the House in support of the people in our district. He’s stood for workers rights, supported union contracts for … 0

Letter: What’s the deal?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Michael Egan’s letter to the editor of Oct. 9 states, if I’m reading it correctly, that the present legislation for casinos allows them to serve free or reduced price alcoholic beverages! This should be looked into. If it is true, who wrote the legislation that facilitates drunk driving, … 0

Editorial: More eyes on downtown

Friday, October 17, 2014

“Caught on camera.” That’s the phrase that best describes the reason for the installation by governments around the world of surveillance equipment to watch over public places. We shouldn’t be surprised then — or upset — that such cameras are now a part of Greenfield’s downtown. Quietly, with … 0

O’Rourke/My Turn: Without my input, support

Friday, October 17, 2014

I want to make it absolutely clear to the residents of Conway that I had nothing to do with the vote of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Oct. 14, to hold the election on Thursday, Oct. 16, to vote on the borrowing for the highway garage project, … 0

Letter: The pipeline trail

Friday, October 17, 2014

In the Oct. 3 issue of The Recorder, both Chris Collins in his column, and the editorial, correctly questioned whether it just might be more than a coincidence that National Grid’s announcement of a 37 percent price increase for their electricity customers was related to Kinder Morgan’s Northeast … 0

Letter: Vote ‘yes’ on 1

Friday, October 17, 2014

I am voting ‘Yes’ on Ballot Question 1 to repeal the gas tax indexing. Those that support this indexing to inflation believe the money is needed to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure. These are the facts: ∎ Massachusetts already spends four times per mile on the construction of our … 0

Letter: Unhealthy priorities?

Friday, October 17, 2014

U.S., state, and municipal health authorities are working overtime and spending millions of dollars to stem the spread of Ebola, which has killed just one person here. Where is the comparable effort to stem the spread of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases that kill … 0

Editorial: Fear can’t rule Ebola response

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fear is a powerful emotion, creating a sense that one needs to act, quickly. In taking action, however, fear cannot be allowed to cloud one’s judgment or act rashly in haste. Under the best of circumstances, Ebola would … 1

In the Arena: Free-cash management

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin likes to brag about not being a “politician,” but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have good political instincts. That became apparent two weeks ago, when Martin decided to ask each town councilor for suggestions on the best ways to use the town’s recent $3.29 … 0