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Honey Bees watch and feel the dance of a scout bee, center, who is communicating the location of pollen to the other bees the hive.

Editorial: The buzz surrounding pollinators in peril

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Our Pioneer Valley, a region dotted with farms, orchards and fields, makes an idyllic vision, one that conjures up “the land of milk and honey,” words from the Old Testament. Those words can be taken quite literally since the region does provide much in the way of fresh dairy products, fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers and, yes, even honey. This bounty … 0

Healey/My Turn: Wrong direction with our forestry assets

Sunday, May 24, 2015

If you head south in western Massachusetts on Interstate 91, every day, all day long, you will see hundreds of trucks filled with local logs going north, many to Canada and some to Europe and China. The trucks take thousands of jobs and economic opportunities for rural Massachusetts with them. Other states have done studies demonstrating that the ripple effect — if one … 0

Wilson/My Turn: To build a fire

Sunday, May 24, 2015

What to do to honor the Earth? Burn brush. Why? According to my aesthetic, I like the woods around our house to be open and clear, like a park, but branches fall down every winter and picking them up takes quite a while. Sometimes trees fall and I like to get the hardwoods cut into stove lengths so I can carry them over … 0

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Letter: My candidacy

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My name is Sarah Reynolds and I am running for Charlemont selectman on May 26 (voting is all day until 7 p.m. at Hawlemont school), I am doing so because I believe I can listen well to the town’s residents. I am a firm believer that an elected … 0

Editorial: Fix the ordinance wording

Friday, May 15, 2015

When it comes to banning plastic items in Greenfield, residents are seeing an example of the means justifying the end. In the end is that the right approach? We’re not sure. As reported in The Recorder, there is, in the opinion of the lawyer representing Greenfield, some trouble … 0

Potee/My Turn: The disease of addiction

Friday, May 15, 2015

Michael Botticelli, the White House drug czar, stood in front of an international gathering of 1,500 addiction doctors and said, “Let me tell you about the inmates at the Franklin County House of Corrections in Massachusetts.” He proceeded to discuss their recent column in this newspaper and their … 0

Letter: Keep Risky’s dream alive

Friday, May 15, 2015

On May 1, a ceremony was held at the GCC Downtown Center to honor Ethel “Risky” Case. More than 50 people came to celebrate her achievements. But, I could not help but think of the Shakespeare line “the good is oft interred with their bones.” Friends came forward … 0

Editorial: NFL inflates penalty over Deflategate

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Love and hate. Crime and punishment — all part of the drama swirling around the New England Patriots this week. The National Football League came down with its punishment following its investigation into “Deflategate” — where the Patriots used insufficiently inflated footballs during the first 30 minutes of … 0

In the Arena: A happening committee

Thursday, May 14, 2015

If you are looking for political intrigue, the place to be these days seems to be the Greenfield Town Council’s Appointments and Ordinances Committee. Most times, covering a council subcommittee lands on the pleasantry scale somewhere between a root canal and an aggressive teeth cleaning appointment. Not so … 0

Letter: Dangerous mindset

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Christopher Farrell of Berkshire Gas said that people who opposed Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline engaged in “a little eco-terrorism” and “care only about imposing their personal philosophy and agenda. ... They sure don’t care about the local economy.” The Recorder editorial said this comment “lacked tact,” but it … 0

Letter: Conspicuous absence

Thursday, May 14, 2015

There have been several recent cases where a black person was killed by a police officer. These killings prompted outrage and, in some cases, resulted in riots. Well, such protests attract a few calibers of people. The first are the Gandhi types who express outrage and want changes. … 0

Letter: None of his business

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The recent letter by Mr. Noel Abbot, formerly of Rowe, made it very clear that he has been one of WiredWest’s strong supporters. The fact that he is no longer living in this area should be enough of a reason to keep his opinions out of Hawley’s business. … 0

Letter: Give Rich your vote

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I have known Rich Kuklewicz for many years. In that time he has shown to be an honest, fair and sensible person. I believe Rich will take the time to listen to the concerns of Montague’s constituents, consider all sides of an issue and make a positive impact … 0