Opinion

Editorial: What’s the plan for western Mass.?

Monday, September 29, 2014

We have a little more than a month to go until the state’s general election, and the candidates for governor are all busy campaigning, trying to round up enough support to carry them to victory in November. As they stump around the state, the public is likely to hear much about where they stand on statewide issues such as taxes, jobs, crime, governmental reforms. What we would suggest is that … 1

Wight/My Turn: We must act now on climate change

Monday, September 29, 2014

All Americans need to wake up now, make a small sacrifice to reduce their carbon footprint and put extreme pressure on Congress to pass a carbon tax on corporations only while simultaneously giving all corporations a tax break for using renewable energy to power their office buildings, factories and warehouses. Why? Because our Earth continues to heat up nonstop and over 50 percent … 0

Kelly and Fraser/My Turn: On the bus for change

Monday, September 29, 2014

We’d like to share a perspective on the Climate March from Franklin County. The experience we had in the bus provides a little window into what is happening all over the country. Robert Kennedy Jr. at the March reported that nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population attended climate marches that were held, not just in New York City, but all over the … 0

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The Precinct 7/ Community Relations and Education Committee Community Forum WILL BE HELD ON Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:00 pm at the...(full comment)

Forum to discuss increase of Munson Street traffic tonight

The Precinct 7/ Community Relations and Education Committee Community Forum WILL BE HELD ON Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:00 pm at the...(full comment)

Forum to discuss increase of Munson Street traffic tonight

Letter: A Major League ace

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers should be voted the best player in the National League, if they win the League. His record is 20 wins and three losses, including, at one time, 11 in a row. He has the lowest earned runs per game in the … 0

Editorial: Lots of questions with tires

Monday, September 22, 2014

The discovery of a blanket of tires along a river embankment off Colorado Avenue in Greenfield presents more questions than answers at this time. Some of those questions are part of the past and may not lend themselves easily to answers, but others are very much part of … 0

Charney/My Turn: Faulty personal compass

Monday, September 22, 2014

You would think that I would be the ideal candidate for a GPS. In fact, I’m sure that they must have been invented for the likes of me — the “navigationally challenged.” Although never a quick study with technology, I requested one of those gizmo’s for my birthday. … 0

Letter: Quite neighborly

Monday, September 22, 2014

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, my dog Leroy went up behind my building and down the railroad tracks. He had never left my side before, but just happened to be drawn away. After calling him for about an hour, I hear dogs barking near the Conway residence. My first … 0

Letter: The tire story

Monday, September 22, 2014

The front page of the Sept.17 Recorder features a photo and an article about a “recently discovered” sea of tires near the Deerfield River behind Colorado Avenue. Later in the article it is noted that these have been discovered and re-discovered several times in the past, as the … 0

Letter: To the drawing board

Monday, September 22, 2014

This in response to a letter written, and a front page story about, the plight of the arts hereabouts as seen by the Deerfield Arts Bank. They lament, “with great concern” with Daniel Brown’s letter about the “dire assessment of the art scene in Franklin County.” The Deerfield … 0

Letter: Power polling

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mysterious telephone polling about resurrecting Vermont Yankee as an alternative to oil-fired power plants (Recorder, Sept. 17) overlooks that they join the New England grid to keep the power on during seasonal peak electricity demand, while nuclear power serves ongoing base-load demand. For excellent real-time and background information … 0

Editorial: Tracking down Dexter

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Dexter Marsh would be thrilled. The Greenfield handyman and laborer is now the object of a two-year project by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association to bring his amazing story to … 0

Blagg: ‘Green’ energy mix can be done

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The other day, newspapers across New England carried a story that heralded the fact that Burlington, Vt. is claiming that 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water, and biomass. With the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the … 0

Editorial: Bench idea terrific

Friday, September 19, 2014

We were delighted to read about a new plan to recycle metal tree grates from Greenfield’s downtown sidewalks and use them to build new, charming benches for Main and other town streets. It’s a great idea. As regular readers of The Recorder know, we have been in favor … 0