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Editorial: Olympic bid too risky a financial gamble

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It might have been fun. But oh, the sticker shock. The demise of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics shows that people can love the spirit of the games and want great things for their state without losing their sanity. When it came time for Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to place a bet on behalf of his city before … 0

Letter: Share the road

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I was disheartened and saddened to read the recent news of the fatal collision on Routes 5 & 10. Bicyclists, runners, and pedestrians have a right to utilize roadways and should act responsibly when doing so. However, too many vehicle drivers do not seem to take care when sharing the road. I reside in Greenfield and run frequently in town and in Deerfield. … 0

Letter: FERC, grow a backbone

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dear FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission): Will you ever become a responsible, responsive regulatory agency? By which we mean regulate? As opposed caving in to corporate profiteering? Fracking has already been deemed dangerous to the point of being declared illegal in three states. More statewide bans are sure to follow. Why? Resulting earthquakes, for one. Witness Oklahoma. Pipeline leaks. Witness coastal California. High-density … 1

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Letter: Showcasing the area

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Green River Festival has become an annual rite of summer in the Pioneer Valley. This year’s festival was the biggest yet with the addition of a third day. In total, over 14,000 people attended over the course of the weekend, which was blessed with near-perfect weather. The … 0

Letter: Managing solar arrays

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Hawley Planning Board is holding a public hearing Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m. to receive voter input on a proposed bylaw amendment that addresses large-scale solar developments. If properly done, large scale solar developments can provide revenue for land owners and the town. They also can … 0

Letter: Senior power

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Fellow old people, and I can say that because I get mail regularly about signing up for Medicare, we have been heard! There is an urgent, indisputable and dire need for a new senior center. Thank you to all that have written to The Recorder urging our town … 0

Editorial: Improving region’s bus service

Friday, July 17, 2015

Once again, the Franklin Regional Transit Authority wants public input regarding bus service for the county. Unlike the type of surveys that try to gauge how they’re doing, the FRTA is seeking comment on its Comprehensive Service Analysis draft, a blueprint for better service, which should help build … 0

Letourneau-Therrien/My Turn: What’s working with local teens

Friday, July 17, 2015

I want to discuss three commonly held beliefs about smoking, drugs and alcohol. One is that smoking, drinking and drug use is rampant among teens and young adults. A second is that young people are going to drink, smoke and use drugs anyway, so attempts by governments and … 0

Letter: Bicycle tourism

Friday, July 17, 2015

Yeah for bicycles! A great idea to promote cycling. Western Mass. is a wonderful place to tour by bike. Nonpolluting and quiet, unlike motorcycles. KAREN SHEAFFER​ Buckland … 0

Letter: Dance to the music

Friday, July 17, 2015

Once again attending the Green River Festival was amazing and a blessing. However, this year had an added dimension that brought a diversity of music and attendees missing in the past. The Latin Music stage on Friday night had 300 to 400 of us dancing for hours, including … 0

Letter: Youth should be a priority

Friday, July 17, 2015

According the July 10 article, “Groups Push To Reopen Youth Center,” Mayor Martin closed the Youth Center in Greenfield saying it “offered services that were being duplicated or could be handled by other agencies.” Most likely not to the surprise of those intimately involved with youth in the … 1

Editorial: Healey’s welcome involvement

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Less than a year into the job, Maura Healey continues to demonstrate that she has a grasp of a key component of serving as the attorney general for Massachusetts: representing its citizens. It’s this role that has drawn her into the changing energy picture here in the state … 0

In the Arena: The bottom of the barrel

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I’m really beginning to think this country has gone off its collective rocker. What other possible explanation can there be for Donald Trump’s lead heading into the Republican presidential primary season, the first contest for which, it should … 1