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A yellow phase timber rattlesnake looks out from a grassy hiding place during the 34th Annual Cross Fork Snake Hunt in Cross Fork, Pa., in the AP file photo. Massachusetts' plan to reintroduce timber rattlesnakes on an island in the Quabbin Reservoir has been met with some concern.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Editorial: Rattlesnakes have a place in Mass.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Since Colonial times, it’s been people versus timber rattlesnakes in Massachusetts. Today, as the state moves anew to preserve this endangered species in the face of public opposition, it’s science versus emotion. At a forum Feb. 23 in Orange, wildlife officials will work to explain their modest plan to place one to 10 young timber rattlesnakes each year, starting in two or three years, on an island in the Quabbin Reservoir that is off-limits to humans. They are acting because threats to these reptiles have accelerated in the last three decades and the state population is down to fewer than 200, including those that den … 0

Brown/My Turn: Courting the U.S. electorate

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Say what you will about those placid Canadians, they’re a smart bunch when it comes to their national election cycle. It takes a mere two and half months. An independent, nonpartisan agency called “Elections Canada” sets the amount candidates are allowed to spend. This past year, the total was $21 million. By contrast, … 0

Letter: Make it multi-use

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

By all accounts, the current senior center is mostly unusable. A senior center is certainly a nice thing for a town to provide. BUT as was noted when the teen center was closed and the teen director fired, a teen center or senior center is NOT a mandated service. The town is apparently getting ready to pay $1000 PER SQUARE FOOT (final bill … 0

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Letter: A senior center only

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The headlines announce: Town Council votes for money for design phase of new senior center. We seniors are more than delighted; so excited — at long last things will move on with an actual end date in sight. But now — those who are new to the many … 1

Letter: How it works

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

There is a long festering problem exposed in the story of collusion regarding the unfortunate incident at Clarkdale Farm with the tipped over portable toilet. The predicted outcome is a settlement out of court between the insurers of Clarkdale and the portable toilet companies with the plaintiff. The … 0

Editorial: Strong open records bill emerges from Senate

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Understanding government and being actively engaged as a citizen are dependent upon an ability to get information. That’s why a strong open records law is a critical tool in keeping citizens informed particularly on how government performs the people’s business. In Massachusetts, however, people inside and outside of … 0

Letter: Don’t retire now

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An open letter to Sen. Benjamin Downing: I was so disappointed to see in the newspaper that you, Sen. Downing, were planning to RETIRE. We desperately need your help to have a chance to hold the line and pass environmentally progressive legislation! I have been working on divestment … 1

Letter: Love Real Pickles

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

As reported in the Jan. 25 issue of The Recorder, Real Pickles, a local, home-grown business, once again won a national award at the Good Food Awards in San Francisco for their organic garlic dills. We should all be proud of Real Pickles, a real success. The article … 0

Letter: Holes in smart-gun article

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An article run on Jan. 22 extolled the supposed benefits of so-called “smart” guns and claimed that a majority of American gun owners would be happy to embrace the technology. Unfortunately, the article missed several important facts. First, the study purporting to show widespread support for “smart” guns … 0

Editorial: Get the help in preventing diabetes

Monday, February 1, 2016

Benjamin Franklin — yes that Benjamin Franklin — has been credited with a number of axioms that have survived the test of time. One in particular, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” comes to mind when discussing diabetes, where the disease can be deterred … 0

Letter: Lost and found

Monday, February 1, 2016

My deepest appreciation to the person who found my black purse in the Big Y parking lot and turned it in to the Greenfield Police station. Thankfully, by the time the purse was found everything was still intact. Thanks, also, to Big Y personnel who helped me look … 0

Letter: Appreciated support

Monday, February 1, 2016

On behalf of Boy Scout Troop 5 of Greenfield, I would like to thank Dolly Gagnon and The Recorder for supporting the troop during its can-and-bottle drive the weekends of Jan. 2 and 9. We appreciate the information you shared in your column about the bottle-and-can drive. The … 0

Letter: Too much information?

Monday, February 1, 2016

In regards to obituary columns: I feel that putting the deceased address in the column is setting the families up for another emotional event (robbery). Everyone knows that there is not usually anyone home during services, so why in these times of desperation for some individuals are we … 0