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Editorial: Keep increasing composting

Friday, October 2, 2015

You don’t have to convince us about the benefits of composting. Getting food waste, soiled paper plates, cups and napkins out of the stream that would otherwise be headed to some incinerator or landfill makes sound economic sense for any number of Franklin County communities. According to the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, the cost of sending a community’s trash to either a landfill or energy-from-waste facility on Bondi’s … 0

Letter: Backing McMillan

Friday, October 2, 2015

I strongly support Jesse McMillan as a candidate for Greenfield School Committee. This energetic young professional is a graduate of the Greenfield school system and is now a public school teacher in Pittsfield. Even when he was a young teen, Jesse showed obvious potential and a willingness to commit enormous amounts of energy and time to worthwhile town projects. I first met and … 0

Editorial: Greenfield election on horizon

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Greenfield’s voters will have a unique opportunity next month. On Nov. 3, residents head to the polls at Greenfield High School to essentially make over their local government. A change in the town’s charter has put every seat on every elected board before the voters this fall. Voters will be deciding who will make up the 13-seat Town Council, with residents picking the … 0

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Letter: Time to ordain women

Sunday, September 27, 2015

As we all know, the Catholic Church has weathered its share of scandals. One scandal I have heard little or nothing about is the Church’s refusal to ordain women as priests. I write as someone raised a Catholic, who attended a Catholic college where I went to daily … 2

Letter: My Turn’s message

Sunday, September 27, 2015

On Sept. 15, The Recorder printed a “My Turn” column by Rodney Madison. I thank The Recorder for printing it, and I thank Mr. Madison for writing it. Even more, I thank him for taking the bold and courageous step of showing up at the Three County Fair … 0

Letter: Captivating performance

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Last night, a close friend and I were in the audience for “Timeless,” the fourth show of A Traveling Rhubarb Circus Production. The show was about toys that come to life when children go to sleep. But then, time stops. I watched all 14 scenes with pure delight. … 0

Letter: Support new senior center

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Now that I’ve raised my children, wound up my career(s) and moved across the country to settle in Greenfield, I’ve discovered a new passion. It’s the Greenfield Senior Center. I first attended to take advantage of free exercise classes. Then I also became a volunteer at the reception … 0

Letter: Not the oldest

Sunday, September 27, 2015

A fact checker is needed at your office. In your editorial of Sept. 19 regarding the upcoming visit of Pope Francis, you say “under his leadership of the world’s oldest religion.” According to Wikipedia, Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion. As to the earliest of the big three … 0

Editorial: Crashes call for caution, info

Friday, September 25, 2015

Monday morning’s tractor-trailer tanker crash was horrific by just about any measurement. The driver of the truck, a 58-year-old Billerica man, from descriptions of the scene and what emergency personnel had to say, is lucky to be alive. Having crashed down an embankment, he was stuck in the … 0

Letter: Pre-K spending burden

Friday, September 25, 2015

Gloating is unattractive. The Buckland free pre-K- school program passed but not by a landslide; however, chastising Buckland selectmen for not winking at a possible illegal maneuver is irresponsible. Buckland/ Shelburne selectmen maintained all along their respective legal counsels did not agree with the interpretation of Superintendent Buoniconti’s … 0

Letter: We need Ricketts

Friday, September 25, 2015

Has Penny Ricketts waved to you as she is walking around Greenfield? She lives and works in town, so chances are you’ve seen her. Has Penny Ricketts helped you at her place of employment? She has both lived and worked in Greenfield for decades. Have you attended any … 1

Letter: Boat ramp removal

Friday, September 25, 2015

Thursday, the 17th of September, my old friend and I, both senior citizens, decided to take my 15-foot runabout boat for a ride up the river. So we went to the Gill boat ramp and to our surprise the dock at the ramp had already been removed. This … 0

Editorial: Municipal power plan's denial shocking

Thursday, September 24, 2015

What is it about western Massachusetts and electrical power? Electrical rates are deeply embedded in the fight over the proposed natural gas pipeline through a number of Franklin County communities. It was last winter’s spike in electric bills that prompted the latest call by utilities for greater gas … 3