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Editorial: We must address our gun problem

Friday, August 28, 2015

What began as a routine television interview became, in seconds, gruesome evidence of the intersection of narcissism, social media and the American gun culture. If any good is to come of Wednesday’s fatal shooting of two young journalists in Virginia, it will be for the nation — and those who lead it — to say, “Enough!” Vester Lee Flanagan II, … 1

Letter: The pipeline question

Friday, August 28, 2015

Lately, I have heard constant discussions regarding the proposed natural gas pipeline. Everyone is talking about it. Posters that say “Stop the Pipeline” have adorned lawns all over Massachusetts and petitions are constantly being handed to me, asking to be signed. My question is why is a pipeline something we would even consider putting in our communities in the first place? I looked … 1

Letter: Vital override

Friday, August 28, 2015

I am writing to respond to the article “Budget veto override means funding for homeless youth” in the Aug 22 paper. As more unpleasant news pops up in the paper every day, and funding for almost every public service seems to be dwindling, I was pleasantly surprised reading this article. It was heartwarming to read that so many people understood the importance of … 0

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Editorial: We must address our gun problem

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Letter: The pipeline question

Editorial: Berkshire Gas should lift its moratorium

Friday, August 21, 2015

If you find yourself questioning the moratorium Berkshire Gas has in place forbidding new customers or expanded uses in parts of Franklin and Hampshire counties, including Amherst, Deerfield, Greenfield and Hadley, you’re not alone. Only the most naive would accept at face value the company’s explanation that it … 1

Norman/My Turn: Interjecting self interests

Friday, August 21, 2015

On Aug. 11, The Recorder ran a front-page story with this headline: “Big box proponents can send comments to court.” The article suggested that anyone in favor of big boxes could “submit comments about the project” to a “local lawyer,” Issac J. Mass, or directly to the clerk … 0

Reid/My Turn: Confusing ‘potential’ with ‘actual’ in anti-abortion stance

Friday, August 21, 2015

I scarcely know how to begin a response to Tim Grant’s rant against Planned Parenthood in the Aug. 13 Recorder — whether to focus on his nasty tone, his self-righteousness, his false charges, his ad hominem attacks, his condemnation by association or the unspoken misogyny one senses running … 1

Editorial: Shifting approach to heroin epidemic

Thursday, August 20, 2015

People on the front line of the addiction epidemic in the Pioneer Valley see the kind of destructive power heroin and painkillers have on the community. Individuals in the health field, social services and law enforcement also know that to overcome this deadly scourge, it’s going to take … 0

In the Arena: Mitigating political issues

Thursday, August 20, 2015

One of the goals of any incumbent’s political campaign is to try to take away issues that could be exploited by the opposition, a lesson it would appear Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin is well aware. While I don’t get the sense that His Honor is necessarily sweating the … 0

Letter: Margaret Sanger

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tim Grant’s letter (“Planned Parenthood is Despicable,” Aug. 12) is full of inaccuracies and misconceptions. Planned Parenthood has done nothing illegal in donating fetal tissue for scientific research. They obtain full consent from the patient and do not receive financial benefit, only reimbursement for costs. As a scholar … 0

Letter: Arc’s building plan

Thursday, August 20, 2015

I am extremely disappointed to read that the United Arc decided to build on Summer Street. I would have thought that they would be neighborly and decide on a larger site that presented less problems to the neighborhood. I agree wholeheartedly that there is a need for elderly/disabled … 0

Letter: WiredWest under attack

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Various entities would like towns to skip WiredWest and go with the aforesaid entities. Why? Because those same entities would like to earn money for themselves. WiredWest is the only organization that returns profits to the towns because the towns ARE WiredWest. All the other organizations will keep … 0

Editorial: Heath deserves better from state

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Heath has to date done what’s been expected of the community to make a new safety complex a reality. It applied for and received a state grant toward the long overdue project. The state government, however, has since withdrawn its $2 million grant, because of last-minute deficit-cutting. But … 0

Letter: Sanders for change

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I think many of us understand that to really have an effect on the present situation it has to come out of a grass-roots movement, Bernie Sanders is advocating that and has repeated it over and over: That this is not about him, but about us. I believe … 1