Opinion

Editorial: Fall fits perfect with New England

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

We don’t remember such an incredible stretch of weather as we’ve seen over the last week or so. Sunshine and warmth, with nary a cloud floating in the blue sky. You couldn’t ask for any better weather just as autumn begins to pull out its pallette before painting a mosaic of color across the region. Although the arrival of October will undoubtedly mean a change, that doesn’t mean there won’t … 0

Brown/My Turn: True co-existence

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The tired phrase “Honor Diversity” is an old standby in the Pioneer Valley, often voiced by local folks who live in all-white enclaves. It translates as, “Don’t act like a jerk when you encounter people different than yourself.” It’s easy to follow as long as those people are either a small minority or live somewhere else. True diversity exists in Taos, N.M. Anglos … 0

Letter: Pollution limits

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Earth’s climate is getting warmer, and humans are responsible. That’s not my opinion, that’s a fact supported by more than 97 percent of climate scientists. The outcome over the next 50 years and beyond could include massive heat waves, prolonged drought, extreme weather and the mass extinction of species. The good news is we can do something about it while helping the … 0

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The Precinct 7/ Community Relations and Education Committee Community Forum WILL BE HELD ON Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:00 pm at the...(full comment)

Forum to discuss increase of Munson Street traffic tonight

The Precinct 7/ Community Relations and Education Committee Community Forum WILL BE HELD ON Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:00 pm at the...(full comment)

Forum to discuss increase of Munson Street traffic tonight

Letter: To the drawing board

Monday, September 22, 2014

This in response to a letter written, and a front page story about, the plight of the arts hereabouts as seen by the Deerfield Arts Bank. They lament, “with great concern” with Daniel Brown’s letter about the “dire assessment of the art scene in Franklin County.” The Deerfield … 0

Letter: Power polling

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mysterious telephone polling about resurrecting Vermont Yankee as an alternative to oil-fired power plants (Recorder, Sept. 17) overlooks that they join the New England grid to keep the power on during seasonal peak electricity demand, while nuclear power serves ongoing base-load demand. For excellent real-time and background information … 0

Editorial: Tracking down Dexter

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Dexter Marsh would be thrilled. The Greenfield handyman and laborer is now the object of a two-year project by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association to bring his amazing story to … 0

Blagg: ‘Green’ energy mix can be done

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The other day, newspapers across New England carried a story that heralded the fact that Burlington, Vt. is claiming that 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water, and biomass. With the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the … 0

Editorial: Bench idea terrific

Friday, September 19, 2014

We were delighted to read about a new plan to recycle metal tree grates from Greenfield’s downtown sidewalks and use them to build new, charming benches for Main and other town streets. It’s a great idea. As regular readers of The Recorder know, we have been in favor … 0

Editorial: New pipeline plan

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The mobilization of western and central Massachusetts residents in opposition to the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline plans has raised a number of valid questions. These have included the source of such gas (fracking, which raises a whole separate issue regarding the environmental impacts of this method of extracting) … 0

In the Arena: Deja vu

Thursday, September 18, 2014

History does seem to have a way of repeating itself in local politics. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Montague, where reality is starting to take hold regarding the future — or lack of same — of the Strathmore Paper Company complex. “If something doesn’t happen soon, … 1

Letter: Follow the money

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Shelburne Senior Center’s FY’15 budget is $208,417 plus money from senior memorial solicitations and, now, the new Senior Center Foundation fundraising group. With this kind of money, it seems like the Senior Center could rein in their spending and live within their generous $208,417 plus budget. So … 0

Letter: Walk carefully!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A brief message to all pedestrians, especially those crossing with youngsters: Please do not jump out into travel lanes from between parked vehicles and assume that drivers have seen you. Pickup trucks; SUVs, delivery vans, even parked cars often shield you from our view! Please: Stop, Look and … 0

Letter: Unjustified swipe

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chris Collins in his Sept.12 column mentions that Denise Andrews “was seen as having a part in” the “unfounded allegations that (Susannah Whipps) Lee may have been dealing drugs out of her Athol home.” Not as scurrilous as the first time Collins and others tried to smear Andrews, … 0