Opinion

Editorial: Food Bank shift a problem

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has long been on the front line of fighting hunger in a region that includes Franklin County. That battle that has been going on for more than three decades, and we can’t imagine coming close to easing hunger’s grip on the local community if this nonprofit organization hadn’t been so proactive. Recent changes with the Food Bank’s approach, however, don’t quite line up with … 0

In the Arena: Catching up with Warren

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I don’t know if Sen. Elizabeth Warren is going to be a candidate for president, but she sure sounded like it during last week’s visit to Greenfield Community College. “There was a time when our government viewed helping people pay for college as an investment,” Warren said during a press gaggle inside the college’s front door. “The idea was if you were willing … 0

Letter: Please immunize

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It is generally true that parents want what’s best for their children, and they want their children to be healthy and happy. How is it, then, that parents think they know more about achieving that than the doctors whom they entrust with their children’s care? To not immunize a child is to put her/him at risk for not only minor illness, like ear … 0

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Letter: Accident reports

Thursday, February 19, 2015

I continue to be deeply disappointed regarding the misleading headlines The Recorder use when reporting on automobile collisions. For example Monday, Feb. 16, “Poor roads cause 3-car crash on I-91” is, in fact, DOWNRIGHT FALSE! Even your own reporting notes that the state trooper said “the drivers were … 0

Letter: Embellishments

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What’s the big deal? Superstar Brian Williams embellished his story about taking fire and being hit in a chopper he was riding in. Lest we forget that Hillary Clinton made a similar statement when she said she took sniper fire while she visited Bosnia in 1996, as did … 0

Letter: Following biathlons

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Those of us who enjoy the combined sport of biathlon cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship have to wait for the Winter Olympics, a four-year cycle, to watch biathlon live on a prescribed television network. What makes biathlon so exciting to watch is the fact that the skier in … 0

Editorial: We can’t ignore Islamic State

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A continual parade of captives, carefully videotaped and designated for brutal execution — the spectacle plays to the Islamic State’s extremist views, drawn from an ancient time and violently foisted on modern life. It’s fair to say that … 0

Brown/My Turn: Malcolm and Martin

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Let’s talk about race. The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X (by the Nation of Islam, not the CIA) might be a good time to revisit the issue, especially in light of recent events in Ferguson, … 0

Reyes/My Turn: Young people and a healthy environment

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Having lived on planet Earth for decades now, I have become increasingly concerned about the ongoing damage to our environment and health caused by our own lifestyle. We continue to lose wild and natural places, and to pollute air, water and soil. As a science educator, I appreciate … 0

Letter: Stopping speeders

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Without a doubt, Federal Street from the Federal Street School to Main Street is a dangerous place for pedestrians crossing the street on the crosswalks and in between. Many people have been hit by cars there. It happened to me in January 2011 and the driver took off … 0

Editorial: A small act that makes sense

Monday, February 16, 2015

If the world is going to have a chance to alter the course of climate change, we suspect it’s going to take more than one approach. And while nations of the world wrestle with their role — jointly and separately — it will require people to make individual … 0

Sheehan: Decommissioning Yankee

Monday, February 16, 2015

After slightly more than 42 years of splitting atoms and generating electricity, the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant was permanently shut down on Dec. 29, 2014, when control room operators inserted dozens of neutron-absorbing control rods into the reactor core for the final time. Entergy, the plant’s owner … 0

Letter: Airplane safety

Monday, February 16, 2015

It was devastating to hear about the disappearance of AirAsia Flight 8501, knowing that my grandparents or any members of my family could have been on that flight. My grandfather had just recently taken an AirAsia flight to travel back to India after visiting my family for the … 0