Opinion

Editorial: Signs of spring

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Admit it: Even if you’re the most diehard fan of winter and just love skiing, snowmobiling or the frigid beauty nature creates with snow and ice, this winter has been a little taxing. All the snow and frigid temperatures have brought a renewed understanding of the term “cabin fever.” But with a record-breaking cold February receding from view, we can turn out attention to March and all that it has … 0

In the Arena: I don't see a discount store getting built in Greenfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It’s time to face the painful truth, Greenfield — you are never getting your discount retail department store. The running joke used to be that I would only believe Greenfield had a big-box retail store when I was shopping in it. Now, I’m not even prepared to go that far, especially in light of the recent state Appeals Court ruling that the Massachusetts … 5

Letter: ‘Supper for Six’ success

Thursday, March 5, 2015

On Feb. 10, Women’s Way an affiliate of United Way of Franklin County, hosted a special event “Supper for Six” at the Hampton Inn in Greenfield. Scores of area women attended this event, each bringing one or more reusable grocery bags filled with nonperishable food items. The idea was to provide meals for a day for a family of six. On a cold … 0

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I am totally against big box stores (or even small ones) that don't pay a living wage and treat their employees badly...(full comment)

In the Arena: I don't see a discount store getting built in Greenfield

P.S. Wilson's does have nice affordable pillows! ...(full comment)

In the Arena: I don't see a discount store getting built in Greenfield

Gran/My Turn: Hot under the blanket

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

“It’s now official, 2014 was the warmest year on record.” Most of you have probably heard this by now. Those who understand the reality of global warming will not be surprised. Those who deny the reality of global … 0

Letter: History lessons

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I am sure not too many readers have read my “History 101” contribution. History is one of the least popular subject in American high schools. But ... here I go again. The recent meeting of the American and European politicians with Mr. Putin brought memories of Mr. Chamberlain’s … 0

Letter: Entergy transparency

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Entergy has and continues to fully comply with radiological and nonradiological monitoring programs with transparency and an unwavering commitment to public health and safety. Since 2007, Vermont Yankee has regularly sampled its wells and has them analyzed by a certified and independent laboratory in accordance with its Nuclear … 0

Editorial: Community at heart of response

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

While there are plenty of feelings and interests that motivate the average person, one driving factor is often a sense of community. And it’s that sense of belonging to a group that we think is at the heart — we use that term deliberately — of the effort … 0

Pick/My Turn: Electricity use and you

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Homeowners, who are understandably shocked and outraged by recent, huge jumps in their electricity bills, have been asking for my professional opinion, as a home-energy consultant, about switching to a cheaper electricity supplier. My reply: “Buyer beware!” While suppliers may offer a discount from current high prices, it’s … 1

Letter: Get educated on pipeline

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I don’t consider myself an activist, but when I discovered at the recent GCC Kinder Morgan Open House that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline is scheduled to be routed across the corner of my small property in Deerfield, I decided it was time to do some serious research. For examples … 3

Letter: Let us be the judge

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

“Science on the defensive” by Tim Blagg in The Recorder, begs a hearty reply. “This whole phenomenon,” Mr. Blagg begins, “is particularly painful to me, since I’ve devoted most of my adult working life to parsing through the available information for facts that can be supported by solid … 3

Editorial: Snow days adding up for schools

Monday, February 23, 2015

By just about any measure, this year’s winter weather has been one for the record books. As communities continue efforts to dig out, one issue will linger long after the snow has finally melted away: making up lost school days. Already, school districts are eyeing the calendar to … 0

Newman/My Turn: His voice needs to be heard

Monday, February 23, 2015

United States government officials arrange for proxy jailers in a foreign country to arrest a man, who is then held incommunicado, interrogated and tortured. Although our government determines that the factual basis for its requested detention was wrong … 0

Letter: Weekend hours

Monday, February 23, 2015

If an Amtrak Quik-Trak machine was installed in the John W. Olver Transportation Center, or a human involved in helping to produce Amtrak riding authority, two or three more people a week might board The Vermonter train in Greenfield. But how about keeping those who have already ridden … 0