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Editorial: Bench idea terrific

Friday, September 19, 2014

We were delighted to read about a new plan to recycle metal tree grates from Greenfield’s downtown sidewalks and use them to build new, charming benches for Main and other town streets. It’s a great idea. As regular readers of The Recorder know, we have been in favor of adding more benches to Greenfield’s Main Street, rather than removing them, as some have argued in the past. This will add … 0

Editorial: New pipeline plan

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The mobilization of western and central Massachusetts residents in opposition to the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline plans has raised a number of valid questions. These have included the source of such gas (fracking, which raises a whole separate issue regarding the environmental impacts of this method of extracting) and whether this gas will be used to help meet the region’s energy needs or … 0

In the Arena: Deja vu

Thursday, September 18, 2014

History does seem to have a way of repeating itself in local politics. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Montague, where reality is starting to take hold regarding the future — or lack of same — of the Strathmore Paper Company complex. “If something doesn’t happen soon, we’re going to have to take the whole mill down,” Selectman Mark Fairbrother said recently. … 1

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In the Arena: Deja vu

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Blagg: Connecting history’s dots

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Every once in awhile, the stars align and mysterious — and interesting — things happen. That was the case the other day for me. I was listening to NPR in the morning, as usual, when I heard a story about the anniversary of the creation of our national … 0

Letter: Let’s elect Johnson

Sunday, September 14, 2014

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Town of Erving will hold a Special Election to elect a new selectman for a two-year period for the vacated position. I believe the best person for the position of Erving Selectman is Arthur (Art) Johnson. Art has lived in Erving for a … 0

Editorial: Take action against hunger

Friday, September 12, 2014

Here’s something to know when thinking about hunger: 200,000-plus. That’s the number of residents in the four counties of western Massachusetts — Berkshire, Franklin, Hamden and Hampshire — who use food pantries or other food assistance programs. Breaking down those numbers even more, that’s 33,000 boys and girls … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Policy of innovation

Friday, September 12, 2014

There has been much discussion on a superficial level as to what is the foreign policy of the Obama administration. The most generous minded describe it as cautious and as very reluctant to send in the troops. The … 0

Letter: Smarten up Mass.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Worcester is the site of National Grid’s “smart” electric meter pilot program. The $48 million Worcester pilot has not proven that smart meters are cost effective or safe, yet the Department of Public Utilities intends for Massachusetts residents to pay an estimated $7 billion for investor-owned utilities to … 0

Letter: Bird killers

Sunday, September 14, 2014

In a recent article about bird kills at a solar plant in California (Emerging solar plants scorch bird in mid-air, The Recorder, Aug. 19) an official stated that the death toll, estimated at 1,000 to 28,000 bird kills per year, was “alarming.” In a Science News article in … 0

Letter: Driver’s license returned

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Many thanks to the Good Samaritan who found my driver’s license in Highland Park and slipped it into my mail slot today. I actually expected that to happen (That’s what I would have done!), but it is always nice to see one’s more positive assumptions about human nature … 0

Letter: Thinking of others

Friday, September 12, 2014

The traffic system is set up for people to take turns. On the red light, some folks stop, so others with the green light can go. For successful use of the highways, each of us drivers should cooperate. Years ago, motorist “A” tried to make a turn and … 0

Editorial: Candidates, voters have work to do

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The state’s Democrats and Republicans have now settled their inter-party contests, setting the stage for the general election. Forget the anemic turnout Tuesday; that was no surprise. But what’s at stake now is the direction that Massachusetts residents want their representatives to take next year and the year … 0

In the Arena: A mess with diapers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Who knew raising awareness about donating disposable diapers to poor families would be such a controversial issue? Actually, it wasn’t — until Montague Selectman Mike Nelson spoke up against a proclamation declaring Sept. 8-14 “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in Montague. “While I respect and applaud you for your … 0