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Editorial: Hotels no answer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

All this week, The Recorder has been detailing the incredible and incomprehensible actions of the Patrick Administration in placing scores of homeless families in hotels in Greenfield, Chicopee and other western Massachusetts communities. With little or no regard for where they come from, these families are being warehoused in facilities that are entirely unsuitable for their needs, at great expense, and with considerable negative impact on the host communities. While … 0

In the Arena: Thanks!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This may seem hard to believe, but this week marks the 15th year I’ve been writing this column. During that time, a lot of political water has gone under the bridge, some dirtier than I’d care to admit. And I’ve been pretty blunt, at times, in my efforts, as the columnist’s creed goes, “to give comfort to the afflicted while afflicting the comfortable.” … 0

Letter: It was worth the effort

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I wish to thank all the wonderful people who signed the petition to regulate point-of-sale additions to plastic trash, also those who labored diligently to certify the signatures. The petition came up 37 signatures short, 175 signatures were deemed illegible; for this I wish to apologize. I have only lived in the Greenfield area 21 years. I met Greenfield the day of the … 0

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Letter: Body cameras

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hand of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any future mistreatment of suspects. There is ample precedent. Animal protection activists have used … 0

Letter: Dance partner

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thank you for the recent, informative article about contradancing. Kathleen McKiernan managed to capture beautifully the spirit of contradancing and we’d like to expand on her reporting to add an important bit of historical context. While Stuart and Alice Kenney deserve much credit for their role in the … 0

Letter: Doing our farm work

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In response to Georgie Swinerton’s expressed “sadness” (Recorder Dec. 3), I wonder if she ever goes to the farms around her town? Who does she think works on these farms? — the “illegal immigrants.” Actually, it would be nice if she could use the word “undocumented” as illegal … 0

Letter: Power forward

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Perhaps Mr. Bates (“CO2 believers,” Dec. 5) is unaware but very soon, the electricity for the entire town of Greenfield will be supplied by renewable “pixie dust,” not from the tooth fairy, but from hydro projects in Maine. This change was made in part because people are concerned … 0

Editorial: A true believer in Greenfield

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

When each telephone call began, the voice on the other end always started with “Barbara Tillmanns here ... .” The motivation for the call may have been based upon some incident, question or concern, but behind it all was a true love of Greenfield and a desire to … 0

Clarke/My Turn: Oh that liberal media bias

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

“Clark — that’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year …” — “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” I like to think of the liberal media as my own personal jelly-of-the-month club. Give, they do. The tragedy in … 0

Letter: Let the light shine

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

With all that is going on in Ferguson and now in New York City, we have had numerous talks about race issues and the gospel in our family. Over the years, with two biracial sons by adoption and three birth children, we have learned much about the ugliness … 0

Letter: Add nuclear

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

As climate change unfolds, the United States needs to be on the frontier of response. The recent agreement with China on carbon reduction was a welcome takeoff. But the Obama administration must do far more to demonstrate that the United States is already making progress in reducing carbon … 0

Editorial: A day to make a difference

Monday, December 8, 2014

“What a difference a day made ...” If you’re of a particular age, you may recall Dinah Washington singing those words. This Wednesday, Franklin County residents can also make a difference by taking part in the Valley Gives campaign. For the third straight year, residents can help a … 0

Charney/My Turn: Brooding at home

Monday, December 8, 2014

“Soup,” my husband proposes. “Not soup, no way,” I counter. We are discussing the fate of our “old girls,” with winter ahead and chickens, who are no longer in the business of laying eggs, but in need of grain and daily upkeep. We started with 12. Three years … 0