Opinion

Editorial: State doesn’t want to get burned by marijuana

Friday, March 27, 2015

When it comes to budding prospects of marijuana becoming legal in Massachusetts, there is one question that state officials have to answer: Do they want to be ahead or behind the curve? Given the state’s experience so far with medical marijuana, advance preparations for what is surely on the horizon makes sense. One such step has been a group of legislators putting together a bill that would pave the way … 0

Letter: Let diplomacy work

Friday, March 27, 2015

Diplomacy is an important tool for our country in these trying times. Forty-seven Republican senators recently sent a warning letter to Iranian leaders threatening to blow up any diplomatic deal negotiated by President Obama. This letter wasn’t just bad politics — it was a dangerous attempt to undermine negotiations with Iran. The leader of the letter, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ariz., has explicitly stated … 0

Letter: Trail blazer

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sunderland Elementary School might just be the trend-setter and pioneer in promoting cross-country skiing in which other schools hopefully will adopt. Each winter the school’s cafeteria is transformed into a cross-country ski base lodge. The kids can munch on snacks and then venture out on the playground for an instructional ski session followed by relay races and other fun events. Now of this … 0

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Letter: Act of treason?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The 47 GOP senators who tried to undercut the Obama administration’s nuclear deal by issuing a warning letter to Iran may have committed an act of treason under the Logan Act — a federal law prohibiting unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. Passed in 1799 and last … 0

Letter: Support our YMCA

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wow, 20 years ago, my two children were enjoying school and rollerblading through their Recorder paper routes six mornings a week. I worked full time and sometimes two jobs. The hardest issue was care after school. I didn’t worry about them letting themselves in, but what they would … 0

Letter: Costly cable venture

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Taxes in Warwick are up 20 percent from what they were, not very long ago. I am not against fiber cable but care should be taken in what we are getting into. We should consider past history in our considerations There is talk now in some towns about … 0

Letter: Let’s look for good

Thursday, March 19, 2015

They are different from me, from us. So, why are we so afraid? I was afraid of the motorcyclists. I saw a movie about “Hells Angels,” and those specific folks were bad. In this instance, both men and women were terrible. I was told that in every organization, … 0

Editorial: Vigilance required for open government

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts would like to be considered as a cradle of our nation and our democracy. From Samuel and John Adams to William Lloyd Garrison and Susan B. Anthony — citizens of Massachusetts have been defenders … 0

Letter: A critical campaign

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

On March 11, the YMCA in Greenfield kicked off its 2015 Annual Campaign. All of the funds raised will be used to help Franklin County youth and families have access to the vital programs and services the Y provides. Seven years ago, 12-13 percent of our members utilized … 0

Letter: Return the cart

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Flower arrangements, statuary, animals, cars and now a garden cart that was an anniversary gift from my deceased husband was stolen from my property on Tuesday, March 10! Really! The cart, not only has sentimental value, but for many years it has been a godsend for garden and … 0

Letter: Powerful exhibit

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Last weekend, I happened upon a new exhibit at the Greenfield Community College campus in the gallery on the south end of the main building: House/Home, A Work in Progress. The images are by John Willis. The text by Brent Sturlaugson relates a powerful story of the ways … 0

Editorial: Curbing tobacco use

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Passage of an ordinance in Greenfield that raises the age at which people can buy tobacco products is an understandable step. The goal is obviously to find a way to keep tobacco out of the hands of youngsters of any age with the hope that, at the age … 0

Greist/My Turn: Celebrating the doughnut

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Over the years, I have watched the dramatic ebb and flow of our downtown business community. My own efforts in that arena have also seen good times and bad. On its very darkest days: vacant storefronts, hope dwindling, owners broke, desperate, depressed and sometimes, even, understandably, drunk or … 0