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Editorial: Saluting Orange’s plans

Friday, December 19, 2014

We’re glad to see that a group of nonprofit planners in Orange are working on the town’s waterfront, seeing it as one way to renewed regional prosperity. They envision an area paved with bike paths, boat launches and fully accessible public fishing piers — and are in the final stages of a deal with Erving Paper CEO Morris Housen for a low-cost lease of a seven-acre riverfront plot. The land … 0

Letter: Thanks, utility workers!

Friday, December 19, 2014

We would like to express our appreciation for the diligent effort put forth to restore power to the thousands of people who lost their electricity due to the storm on Nov. 26. Some of you come from as far as Canada and others from nearby. You had to work in hazardous conditions and cope with the cold and heavy falling snow, but that … 0

Letter: They should have been freed

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thank goodness for lawyers like Stewart “Buz” Eisenberg. After years of unpaid work and dedicated effort his last client has left our prison camp on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sometimes when the law fails, as it did in the case of the Guantanamo detainees, lawyers can only serve as witness to illegality and injustice. This is heartbreaking, frustrating work, but very important, not only … 0

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Letter: Now there is hope

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I want to share with others who have a diagnosis of achalasia that there now is hope for a complete reversal of the condition and return to normal eating and a normal life. Esophageal achalasia is a disorder involving the smooth muscle layer of the esophagus and the lower esophageal … 0

Letter: CO2 levels

Thursday, December 11, 2014

To Jim who is not convinced “to what extent, if any, humans are responsible for increased CO2 levels.” Fossil fuels are so called because coal, oil, and gas are the remains of plants that have been buried and transformed underground for many millions of years. It is my … 0

Letter: Please return wallet

Thursday, December 11, 2014

On Friday evening Dec. 5. my 17-year-old son’s wallet was stolen in Turners Falls. Somewhere between 8 and 10 p.m. At this point, the contents of the wallet are far more important than the money that was in it. Friday after school, Austin had stopped at the bank … 0

Editorial: Details of our nightmare

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It’s one of our worst nightmares. We’re talking about the contents of the more than 500-page summary of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s five-year investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture against terrorism suspects following the … 0

Wedegartner/My Turn: Part of the pain solution

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Like many people, I am very concerned with the endemic rise in opioid abuse in our communities. As a health care professional, I am doubly concerned when I hear that many in the health care professions bear some responsibility for the increase in addictions. However, a bright light … 0

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