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Opinion

Editorial: Medicare still proving its worth

Monday, August 3, 2015

It takes a certain kind to attend a birthday party for a government program. That person is likely to believe government can be a force for good, and that with the right political backing, our elected representatives in Washington, D.C., can do more good things for average Americans. Even those who missed last week’s celebration of Medicare’s 50th anniversary probably believe that while millions of older Americans live in poverty, … 0

Meyer/My Turn: Sucking out the river’s life

Monday, August 3, 2015

Whether it’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing for a sprawling gas pipeline or a cluster of power projects on the Connecticut River, the public isn’t getting the accountability and voice it’s entitled to. That hit me after contacting Tobey Stover from the U.S. EPA’s Region 1 Offices about GDF-Suez FirstLight’s Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Station. I called the Environmental Protection Agency because FirstLight … 0

Letter: Taking notice of his work

Monday, August 3, 2015

Twice this past week my daughters and I have noticed an older (I say this kindly as I’m not truly sure of his age) gentleman picking up trash and weeding on the side of the road. Once on Chapman Street, and just yesterday on the bridge going over I-91 where Conway Street turns into Leyden Road. I just want this gentleman to know … 0

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Letter: Olympic boondoggle

Monday, July 27, 2015

I am upset with the double talk coming from Beacon Hill. Our tax dollars should not go to fund the Olympics! I don’t agree to paying a MULTI-BILLION dollar bailout for the Olympics! Unfortunately, the Legislature put a phony gimmick within the state budget to try to fool … 0

Letter: Pipeline protest

Monday, July 27, 2015

I frequently hold a sign at the proposed pipeline compressor station site on Gulf Road in Northfield, and others are joining me. Currently, most of our protests against Kinder Morgan’s plans are appropriately focused on legal processes. Should our representatives and courts fail us, it is imperative that … 1

Letter: Rowe’s support

Monday, July 27, 2015

On behalf of Massachusetts Fair Share, I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the Town of Rowe Board of Selectmen. Earlier this month, the board unanimously approved a resolution affirming their support for increasing Massachusetts investment in early education. We know early learning is critical to … 0

Editorial: Community shows its support of GCC

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The Greenfield Community College Foundation is obviously quite pleased with the results of this year’s annual fundraising campaign, and who wouldn’t be? Through contributions big and small, representing both businesses … 0

Letter: Silverstorne Theater

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I recently attended a play performed by the Silverthorne Theater at GCC called “Aidan’s Gift.” It was a new play written by Elizabeth Orndorff and performed by Steve Henderson, Dan Popovich, and Julian Findlay. It was a beautifully crafted play, skillfully staged and acted, and I felt so … 0

Letter: McCain and war

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Donald Trump caused a big stir when he said John McCain was not a war hero. John McCain’s father and grandfather were both four-star admirals and McCain graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. In 1967, flying from an aircraft carrier, he was part of a massive … 0

Letter: Detox center at Lunt

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I recently returned to Greenfield from traveling to learn of the controversy surrounding the possible location of a detox on the Lunt property. As an abutter, I believe it is important for everyone who lives close by to be able to express an opinion on this issue. I … 1

Editorial: Holding up public records reform

Friday, July 24, 2015

A group representing municipal officials is using scare tactics to water down or kill a much-needed reform to Massachusetts’ public records law. Lawmakers should see the lobbying effort for what it is — a crusade to put bureaucratic convenience ahead of the public’s right to know how their … 0

Letter: Reminder for FERC

Friday, July 24, 2015

Reminder for FERC Kinder Morgan just disclosed that their own calculation of benefit is half what they previously intended to claim it was. Recent articles on the front page of The Recorder outlining contemplated reductions in the capacity and size of the proposed NED pipeline indicate that the … 0

Editorial: Ed Porter put community first

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In stepping down as executive director of what is now the United Arc after almost 40 years, Ed Porter leaves some very big boots to fill. Sure, it’s hard to replace somebody who has been on the job for roughly four decades. But in Porter’s case, all these … 0