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Opinion

Editorial: Improving voter registration

Monday, July 6, 2015

Over the course of this year’s annual town meeting season, many Franklin County residents once again experienced our version of grass-roots democracy and the power of the ballot box. The vote is a powerful tool for making decisions that influence the shape of our government as well as our lives now and for the future. Unfortunately, there are too many people who don’t seem to see this. The number of … 0

Letter: War on smokers

Monday, July 6, 2015

How stupid are politicians? All these mentally deranged people we’re reading about are allowed to drive cars, their mentally retarded parents buying guns for their brain-dead offspring and what do our fearless leaders do? They spend billions of dollars preaching, “No smoking any place where another man, woman, child or pets may inhale nasty second hand smoke or the smell of it. The … 0

Letter: River use hazards

Monday, July 6, 2015

I’ve read the article regarding the Deerfield River and Stillwater Bridge. Tubing on the Deerfield seems a natural pastime for the area. But be careful, when the area that is being used to pick up or drop off customers is not controlled by someone or thing, it creates an area that gets used as public recreation. I live near the Delaware River in … 0

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Letter: Not enough coverage of S.C. shooting

Monday, June 29, 2015

I was horrified by the news of the terrible shooting in a church in South Carolina, where nine innocent people were murdered in a racially motivated hate crime in their place of worship. This was a national tragedy, and was widely reported as such by most major media … 0

Editorial: Future of local business means supporting Franklin County CDC

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Thank goodness Franklin County’s number one lender isn’t one of those mammoth Wall Street banks — you know, the ones that helped damage the Main Street economy of America in what has now become known as the Great Recession. It’s the locally owned banks that take the lead … 0

Letter: Colrain’s people make it a great town

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Over the last several weeks I have fallen in love all over again with my adopted town, Colrain. An annual town meeting and a special town meeting, both fraught with divisive issues—an endlessly increasing school budget, WiredWest funding, and the demolition of the “Blue Block,” an old store … 0

Letter: Black Lives Matter

Sunday, June 28, 2015

In response to your piece dated June 8, 2015 titled, “Our Black Lives Matter” banner written by the Reverend Georganne Greene and Molly Chambers, I, for one, was delighted that you took the time to stress that the banner was not about individual worth nor the value or … 0

Editorial: Future of local business means supporting Franklin County CDC

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Thank goodness Franklin County’s number one lender isn’t one of those mammoth Wall Street banks — you know, the ones that helped damage the Main Street economy of America in what has now become known as the Great Recession. It’s the locally owned banks that take the lead … 0

Editorial: A more perfect union

Friday, June 26, 2015

Nearly 30 years ago, The Recorder received a wedding announcement for inclusion on our Milestones page, where such important events in the lives of Franklin County residents are chronicled. This one was different. It involved two women. The … 0

In the Arena: Health board chair out

Friday, June 26, 2015

Greenfield’s new tobacco regulations go into effect next week, on the same day one of its chief architects leaves office. Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin has announced that he will not reappoint current Board of Health Chairwoman Janina Thayer to the board, despite 17 years of service. “I’m shocked … 0

Shelburne man's legacy of giving is worth emulating

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A pair of socks. Such a seemingly small thing, from such a deceptively simple sentiment, derived from such a big and important credo. “Life is sharing and caring” was so much more than a slogan to Richard S. Bole of Shelburne, a former sixth-grade teacher in Greenfield public … 0

Letter: Science and theology, understanding nuance

Friday, June 26, 2015

To pivot on a question asked by Gill Pastor Gary Bourbeau, in his perspective piece “The case for intelligent design: Gill pastor sees faith supported by evidence,” isn’t it far more interesting that Darwinism, and indeed the principles of heritability, genetics, and evolution, are not any more contradictory … 0

My Turn: Gran: Weather and climate

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A letter to The Recorder (May 18) Global Warming Crystal Ball expressed a common denier myth: “Meteorologists cannot even forecast the weather a month from now, yet these global warming alarmists can predict what the weather will be like in the coming decades. Amazing.” “This argument betrays a … 0