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Editorial: Reason to celebrate since 1776

Friday, July 3, 2015

Today we get to celebrate the Fourth of July, an observance that should be near and dear to every American. After all, it was on this day in 1776 that the Continental Congress accepted the Declaration of Independence, the document that helped light the fuse for the American Revolution and so much more in the creation of the United States … 0

Letter: Priorities

Friday, July 3, 2015

This will be short and sweet: The last couple of days, I have been reading how there is an interest in creating a cultural district in Greenfield. I can see how this would be very beneficial to the town. We all need culture. However, I was wondering if we could work on that, right after the Walmart or whatever big box store is … 0

Letter: Wrong tone

Friday, July 3, 2015

While I applaud efforts to support Sy’s Fund, I am distressed that the event planners chose to host a “sizzlers pageant.” No, it is NOT true that anything fun is good, as one spokesperson is quoted. We all may know people who identify as trans- — in our families, our workplaces, our faith communities. Let’s celebrate our diversity, not mock it. Rev. Dr. … 0

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Editorial: Dare to create

Opinion: It wouldn’t hurt Obama to continue to push for gun reform

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — As we continue to mourn the latest mass murder and the president has expressed the anger and frustration that most of us feel, we all can just settle back to wait for the next atrocity and … 0

Letter: Can’t get along with our lives near pipeline

Monday, June 29, 2015

In a recent letter Mr. Bates asks ”why the citizens of Northfield are so up in arms over a pipeline compressor building, proposed to be constructed in our town,” and goes on to exhort us to “live with the dangers and get along with our lives.” Little known … 0

Opinion: It wouldn’t hurt Obama to continue to push for gun reform

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — As we continue to mourn the latest mass murder and the president has expressed the anger and frustration that most of us feel, we all can just settle back to wait for the next atrocity and … 0

Letter: Educate yourself on funeral practices and costs

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for the informative article about our funeral home industry in Massachusetts. At a time of extreme emotion people have come to rely on the services of their funeral home staff to guide them in making some of the most difficult decisions they will … 0

Letter: Not enough coverage of S.C. shooting

Monday, June 29, 2015

I was horrified by the news of the terrible shooting in a church in South Carolina, where nine innocent people were murdered in a racially motivated hate crime in their place of worship. This was a national tragedy, and was widely reported as such by most major media … 0

Editorial: Future of local business means supporting Franklin County CDC

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Thank goodness Franklin County’s number one lender isn’t one of those mammoth Wall Street banks — you know, the ones that helped damage the Main Street economy of America in what has now become known as the Great Recession. It’s the locally owned banks that take the lead … 0

Letter: Colrain’s people make it a great town

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Over the last several weeks I have fallen in love all over again with my adopted town, Colrain. An annual town meeting and a special town meeting, both fraught with divisive issues—an endlessly increasing school budget, WiredWest funding, and the demolition of the “Blue Block,” an old store … 0

Letter: Black Lives Matter

Sunday, June 28, 2015

In response to your piece dated June 8, 2015 titled, “Our Black Lives Matter” banner written by the Reverend Georganne Greene and Molly Chambers, I, for one, was delighted that you took the time to stress that the banner was not about individual worth nor the value or … 0

Editorial: Future of local business means supporting Franklin County CDC

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Thank goodness Franklin County’s number one lender isn’t one of those mammoth Wall Street banks — you know, the ones that helped damage the Main Street economy of America in what has now become known as the Great Recession. It’s the locally owned banks that take the lead … 0

Editorial: A more perfect union

Friday, June 26, 2015

Nearly 30 years ago, The Recorder received a wedding announcement for inclusion on our Milestones page, where such important events in the lives of Franklin County residents are chronicled. This one was different. It involved two women. The … 0