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Editorial: Finally, the focus will be on the game

Friday, January 30, 2015

Super Bowl weekend. The world won’t necessarily stop on Sunday as the National Football League season reaches its climax with its championship game, but ... We know that much of Franklin County will join the rest of New England in rooting on the Patriots, just as the Pacific Northwest will undoubtedly be cheering on the Seattle Seahawks. It must be … 0

Mark/My Turn: Keeping college affordable

Friday, January 30, 2015

The inability to afford a college education should never stand in the way of a promising student’s success. I remember it like it was yesterday, I had made the decision not to return to college in the fall, and I was wondering where my life would end up. I was a student at UMass, but I realized I couldn’t afford to be there … 0

Letter: Getting free from plastic

Friday, January 30, 2015

As a member of the team trying to get single-use plastic out of our waste cycle, I find the editorial use of the word “zealous” a very biased comment from someone who has not even been a part of our experience. Also the editor’s assumption that the townspeople would not be supportive of our petition (when over 1,400 signed it) or that it … 0

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Letter: Cougar column

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Gary Sanderson credits cougar sightings by reliable sources. Paul Beier, the first biologist to study suburban cougars in Southern California, found that, “reports of cougar sightings are worthless (or worse) as an indicator of cougar presence, cougar numbers, or trends in cougar numbers … even people with extensive … 0

Letter: Mandates

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Voters mandate following the elections: On D-Day, Gen. Eisenhower did not tell his troops that we were going to defeat the Nazis so that we could cooperate with them. The order Eisenhower gave was to rid the earth of Hitler, his band of murderous thugs, and everything that … 0

Editorial: Moving Millers Falls forward

Friday, January 23, 2015

Millers Falls has had a long history, not only as one of the five villages of Montague but also with the neighboring communities of Erving and Wendell. At one point, the village was a center of activity, a busy community. Commerce included grocery and drug stores, places to … 0

Kurland/My Turn: Revising the foundation budget

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dear Ms. Williamson, Sen. Chang-Diaz and members of the Massachusetts Foundation Budget Review Commission: Thank you for conducting hearings about revising the formula for the foundation budget calculations. I would like to expand upon the testimony I gave at the hearing in Northampton. Our goal is to provide … 0

Letter: We need a stronger law

Friday, January 23, 2015

Seeing we are the adults and our lawmakers are adults — why do adults have to live by the law? This has to do with talking on your cell phone will driving. Today, a car pulled out of Hope Street (never stopped) went through the stop sign and … 0

Letter: Challenge those numbers

Friday, January 23, 2015

I was disappointed to read yet another article in the The Recorder stating that Entergy must wait until the $665 million in its decommissioning trust fund grows to $1.24 billion before commencing decommissioning — that is, the Jan. 14 article reprinted from the Rutland Herald. I had already … 0

Editorial: Lessons from plastic ban effort

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Proponents of a sweeping plastics ban for Greenfield have apparently eschewed trying to change how residents think through education, choosing instead to try to push through their particular vision in the form of mandated prohibitions. But in their drive to make Greenfield the epicenter for a plastics ban, … 0

In the Arena: For mayor, it’s personnel

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s possible that by the time you are read this, the fate of now-suspended Greenfield Economic Director Robert Pyers will have been sealed. But whether we’ll ever know the details is anybody’s guess. The only thing we do know is that Pyers was placed on paid administrative leave … 0

Letter: Learn to Cope

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Addiction to drugs, especially heroin and other opiates, or alcohol is a problem of epidemic proportion that negatively impacts the lives of most people, at one time or another, and also affects the many communities throughout western Massachusetts. Families of persons afflicted by substance abuse are among those … 0

Letter: Ticket to ride

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Having lived around here for over half a century, I was amazed to learn via The Recorder (Jan.13) that Greenfield is an “exquisitely disenfranchised place.” I did not know that. Praise the LORD that we have such an informative newspaper. Yes, you cannot easily buy Amtrak train tickets. … 0