Opinion

Editorial: Creative economy building in Greenfield

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Greenfield and its downtown have long been a hub of activity for the community and its neighbors in Franklin County. Much of it is activity of an economic nature, given the different types of business that attract people to the area. The traditional economic engines — retail establishments, restaurants, tourist sights and other services — that help power the community seem poised to be joined by another engine in creating … 0

In the Arena: Greenfield's tax-rate reduction

Thursday, August 27, 2015

If I were a Greenfield taxpayer — and there’s many reasons why I’m not — the question I’d be asking in the wake of last week’s Town Council meeting is: What did my government just spend $1.4 million on? The council voted to go along with Mayor Bill Martin’s plan to use that money to reduce a tax rate, which His Honor freely … 0

Letter: Stolen decorations

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I would like to know who is low enough to steal all of the decorations off of my family’s plot between Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 15 and 16). I had two beautiful blue rose bouquet — one white, one lavender — along with wisterias hanging from twisted vines. They were beautiful, not something that had seen better days. I can’t express how angry … 0

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Letter: Unwarranted support

Monday, August 24, 2015

I was disheartened by your editorial support (Aug. 15) for Planned Parenthood. Their activity of selling baby parts for profit is evil. There is no good reason for tax money, or for that matter, any source of funds, to support their appallingly immoral work. I congratulate the Center … 1

Editorial: Take advantage of the waning summer

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We have now entered the last week of August, which is likely to have more than one person lamenting the passing of another summer. Our advice: get out and enjoy … 0

Burton/My Turn: In the pipeline’s path

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Knitting together two recent Recorder stories on the proposed pipeline (“Pipeline Opponents’ Eyes Turn to Otis,” Aug. 8, and “Certain wildlife species could benefit from pipeline, while others suffer,” Aug. 11), I’m commenting from the perspective of a … 0

Letter: My Southern experience

Sunday, August 23, 2015

I was born and raised in western Massachusetts. In the South, I am known as a Yankee. My life in the South started in 1955 as a missile-radar instructor in Huntsville, Ala. Except for three years in Germany and two years in Vietnam, I have lived in the … 0

Letter: The sounds of nature

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A large portion of the objection to the pipeline by now is the question of the noise created by it. We need to ask ourselves if there is truly silence anywhere in nature? We should be comparing the noise of the proposed pipeline to the ambient noise of … 1

Editorial: Berkshire Gas should lift its moratorium

Friday, August 21, 2015

If you find yourself questioning the moratorium Berkshire Gas has in place forbidding new customers or expanded uses in parts of Franklin and Hampshire counties, including Amherst, Deerfield, Greenfield and Hadley, you’re not alone. Only the most naive would accept at face value the company’s explanation that it … 1

Norman/My Turn: Interjecting self interests

Friday, August 21, 2015

On Aug. 11, The Recorder ran a front-page story with this headline: “Big box proponents can send comments to court.” The article suggested that anyone in favor of big boxes could “submit comments about the project” to a “local lawyer,” Issac J. Mass, or directly to the clerk … 0

Reid/My Turn: Confusing ‘potential’ with ‘actual’ in anti-abortion stance

Friday, August 21, 2015

I scarcely know how to begin a response to Tim Grant’s rant against Planned Parenthood in the Aug. 13 Recorder — whether to focus on his nasty tone, his self-righteousness, his false charges, his ad hominem attacks, his condemnation by association or the unspoken misogyny one senses running … 1

Editorial: Shifting approach to heroin epidemic

Thursday, August 20, 2015

People on the front line of the addiction epidemic in the Pioneer Valley see the kind of destructive power heroin and painkillers have on the community. Individuals in the health field, social services and law enforcement also know that to overcome this deadly scourge, it’s going to take … 0

In the Arena: Mitigating political issues

Thursday, August 20, 2015

One of the goals of any incumbent’s political campaign is to try to take away issues that could be exploited by the opposition, a lesson it would appear Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin is well aware. While I don’t get the sense that His Honor is necessarily sweating the … 0