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Editorial: Obama’s message on immigration

Friday, November 28, 2014

With his decision to use an executive action on immigration, President Barack Obama sent a powerful message to the country. It comes after the failure of Congress, particularly the U S House of Representatives, to move forward legislation that would address the millions of undocumented aliens that are here seeking a better life. The president, rightfully, is trying to put people above politics in creating a pathway to citizenship. “For … 0

Editorial: Controlling the pipeline message

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Scheduling a briefing for the county’s business community as an invitation-only event falls far short of our definition of inclusive — or smart. That was the plan, however, concocted by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce — to bring in Kinder Morgan, Berkshire Gas and other energy-related concerns to talk to chamber board members and area big … 0

In the Arena: Leaving a sour taste

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I’m sure that a number of Beacon Hill Democrats will miss having one of their own in the corner office, but I’m not sure they will all be heart-broken to see Deval Patrick exit stage left — or, far-left, depending on your perspective. Steve Kulik, state representative for 1st Franklin District and vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, certainly seemed … 0

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Letter: My industrial nature

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hey Ms. Gouch, my five conservative children (real God-fearing Americans) live in the Houston area and I’d love to visit them or live there in my golden years, but finances prohibit it, Social Security being what it is. I’d love to see the oil fields with those awesomely … 1

Letter: Remembering the vets

Friday, November 21, 2014

This is a “thank you” to the following for the outstanding recognition of our veterans on their day. Individual thank you cards were sent to the Newton Street School, Applebee’s Restaurant, F. L. Roberts Golden Nozzle Car Wash and Service Stations, Clarkdale Apple Farm and Big Y. To … 0

Letter: Think bicycles

Friday, November 21, 2014

I was very touched by the ceremony celebrating the re-opening of the covered bridge on Eunice Williams Drive — a thoughtful honoring of great work in service to our community. But I was also struck that in The Recorder articles about this event, it was repeatedly stated that … 0

Editorial: Can’t succumb to Siren’s call

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It was another video-taped beheading carried out by the so-called Islamic State, this time of Peter Kassig, an American aid worker, and it again left the United States and much of the rest of the world horrified and … 0

In the Arena: Montague gamesmanship

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Is Montague becoming the new Ashfield? It sure looks that way, because much like their friends to the west encountered recently during ongoing battles over the Ashfield House, Open Meeting Law complaints are flowing in Montague like water through the Strathmore canal. Most of the complaints, much like … 0

Letter: Defending Madison, art

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The photo and story concerning complaints against Rodney Madison’s outdoor displays in front of his store at 104 Avenue A in Turners Falls were very biased against this artist and shopkeeper. To say that objects were “strewn” on the sidewalk — without the use of quotation marks in … 0

Letter: To our rescue

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It was a dark and anxious day at Turners Falls High School when its long-time building construction program was in a little bit of trouble. After 29 years of delivering quality custom-made storage sheds for sale to the public, the program encountered a problem with its specially made … 0

Letter: Tainted advertisement?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How much money did The Recorder receive to run Kinder Morgan’s half-page advertisement on Page C2 (Nov. 13)? How does this not compromise the paper’s ability to report fairly and without bias on a contentious local issue? Giving Kinder Morgan the editorial space to present its side would … 0

Editorial: Making it all first class

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If you happened to join the other local people who toured Greenfield’s new high school Saturday, you probably agree that what’s been completed so far is fabulous. From modern classrooms that provide the right kind of wiring for today’s technology and the changing tools that teachers and students … 0

Wood/My Turn: Unchecked surveillance

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What are we so afraid of? It’s easy to sound crazy when you start to talk about the United States’ sweeping surveillance program. It could be a conspiracy theorist’s fantasy. But in 2013, former NSA analyst Edward Snowden … 0