Opinion

Editorial: United Way helps make it happen

Friday, April 17, 2015

Area residents will see plenty of familiar names in scanning the list of the 26 partner agencies that are supported by the United Way of Franklin County. These local nonprofits provide programs and services where the goal is to help those struggling when it comes to food, literacy, education, physical and mental health or the law. They are local organizations that are made up of paid staff and volunteers who, … 0

Letter: He deserves better

Friday, April 17, 2015

I was going to write an article about a month ago praising Dr. Alan Graichen of Baystate Deerfield Adult Medicine but time got away from me. I have been a patient of Dr. Alan Graichen’s for over 20 years. He is knowledgeable, compassionate, a good listener and has a great sense of humor. He treats me with respect and I feel that the … 0

Letter: Support a senior center

Friday, April 17, 2015

Are you a senior? If not, I hope you will be some day. Around 4,000 Greenfield residents have already reached that milestone. We are asking the community to support our wish for a much-needed new senior center. We’ve heard promises of a new center for years. We still have a facility that has poor air quality, lack of space, leaking ceilings and many … 0

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Green/My Turn: Your care, your decisions

Friday, April 10, 2015

April 16, Thursday, is National Healthcare Decisions Day, which aims to increase awareness of the benefits of advance care planning. Medical-decision making is best done in advance, allowing time to consider personal choices in the event of a catastrophic illness. Studies indicate that most Americans have not exercised … 0

Letter: Worthy investment

Friday, April 10, 2015

I’ve recently become aware of the negativity surrounding the request of WiredWest for residents to send in $49 to become active participants. To be honest, I was concerned when I first learned about this request as I understand that asking residents to send in their hard-earned money for … 0

Letter: Costly housing

Friday, April 10, 2015

While reading your article of the Leyden Woods makeover from afar here in the Midwest, I did a little math using the provided numbers. It seems that the new units will average $300,000 to $350,000 each, given the $60M to $70M estimates for the project. That kind of … 0

Letter: Basement use?

Friday, April 10, 2015

As stated in The Recorder, the Greenfield Room in the Greenfield Library is being dismantled and converted into offices including interlibrary loan, which moves up from a very large basement room. The question now is what will now go into that vacated basement room? ANN MYLES Greenfield … 0

Editorial: Ending ‘rape culture’ on campus

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The news that Rolling Stone magazine had retracted its article about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity prompted some skeptics to assert that we’ve all been fooled again. “Americans have been living through an enormously sensationalized college rape hoax,” Tennessee law professor Glenn Harlan … 0

In the Arena: Pay raise for mayor?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Don’t look now, but Greenfield’s mayor may be about to get a big raise. The Greenfield Town Council is considering a proposal to increase Mayor Bill Martin’s annual salary from $70,000 to $85,000, the push for which is coming from At-Large Councilor Patrick Devlin, who says he believes … 0

Letter: Exploring our universe

Thursday, April 9, 2015

I would like to thank Mary Link, co-creator and coordinator of the Greenfield High School Lunch Lecture Series for students. I had the opportunity to speak at one earlier last month and was totally impressed by their state-of-art lecture room, the numbers of students that showed up and … 0

Letter: Don’t miss it

Thursday, April 9, 2015

“The Iliad,” some 3,000 years old, tells the story of how the Greeks besieged the city of Troy. The heroes fight with spears and swords, while the gods back their personal favorites. Jonathan Shay (March 28) recognized in “The Iliad” descriptions of “moral injuries,” which mirror those seen … 0

Letter: Juanita Nelson

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thank you Richie Davis and The Recorder for your special feature on Juanita Nelson. She will be greatly missed by the community. I had the great honor of working with her and Traprock in peace work. MURIEL “BOOTS” WALKER Montague Center … 0

Letter: Will their story be told?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

They take down the convent and tell of the school, students and teachers. Will they tell about the nuns ... how they lived, what order they belonged to, what it was like for them to teach and live when they take down the (Holy Trinity) school? LARRY JUBB … 0