Opinion

Editorial: Virtual school, state remain at odds

Friday, October 24, 2014

Learning that state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester is not happy with how the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is performing doesn’t come as a shock. The backstory on the relationship between the online school and the state has been complicated from the very beginning. Just how much those past disagreements are playing into the present is anyone’s guess. Chester has recommended that the GCVS be placed on a 20-month probation, … 0

Letter: Orwell sums it up

Friday, October 24, 2014

Citizens of Greenfield, MA, USA: Congratulations on your new, 24/7 surveillance cameras overlooking the village square. You are well on your way to becoming a safe community. Thank goodness you had the foresight to build a constabulary far from the town center, lest all that expensive homeland security gear might be vulnerable to graffiti, broken lights and other assorted acts of vandalism. That … 0

Letter: Fossil fuels divestment

Friday, October 24, 2014

Climate activist and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy counsels that it is imperative to celebrate any step we make in contributing to the well-being of our world. Certainly many steps were taken by the over 400,000 people, including many from the Greenfield area, who participated in the Peoples’ Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21 very quickly that the steps they took mattered. … 0

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Editorial: More eyes on downtown

Friday, October 17, 2014

“Caught on camera.” That’s the phrase that best describes the reason for the installation by governments around the world of surveillance equipment to watch over public places. We shouldn’t be surprised then — or upset — that such cameras are now a part of Greenfield’s downtown. Quietly, with … 0

O’Rourke/My Turn: Without my input, support

Friday, October 17, 2014

I want to make it absolutely clear to the residents of Conway that I had nothing to do with the vote of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Oct. 14, to hold the election on Thursday, Oct. 16, to vote on the borrowing for the highway garage project, … 0

Letter: The pipeline trail

Friday, October 17, 2014

In the Oct. 3 issue of The Recorder, both Chris Collins in his column, and the editorial, correctly questioned whether it just might be more than a coincidence that National Grid’s announcement of a 37 percent price increase for their electricity customers was related to Kinder Morgan’s Northeast … 0

Letter: Vote ‘yes’ on 1

Friday, October 17, 2014

I am voting ‘Yes’ on Ballot Question 1 to repeal the gas tax indexing. Those that support this indexing to inflation believe the money is needed to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure. These are the facts: ∎ Massachusetts already spends four times per mile on the construction of our … 0

Letter: Unhealthy priorities?

Friday, October 17, 2014

U.S., state, and municipal health authorities are working overtime and spending millions of dollars to stem the spread of Ebola, which has killed just one person here. Where is the comparable effort to stem the spread of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases that kill … 0

Editorial: Fear can’t rule Ebola response

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fear is a powerful emotion, creating a sense that one needs to act, quickly. In taking action, however, fear cannot be allowed to cloud one’s judgment or act rashly in haste. Under the best of circumstances, Ebola would … 1

In the Arena: Free-cash management

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin likes to brag about not being a “politician,” but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have good political instincts. That became apparent two weeks ago, when Martin decided to ask each town councilor for suggestions on the best ways to use the town’s recent $3.29 … 0

Letter: Missing our point

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Headlines should reflect, not shape the news. Tuesday’s Recorder (Oct. 7) reported the motion to intervene by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) and the Connecticut River Watershed Council in the federal review of a request by FirstLight, owner of the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage, to increase … 1

Letter: Case for run-off elections

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I agree wholeheartedly with the editorial stating that all candidates should be included in debates. Having heard the first debate, I would like to hear more from the candidates who are being excluded by the Worcester sponsors of their debate on Oct. 27. The reason that their poll … 1

Letter A big difference

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Let’s face it, beside their gender, there is not allot of difference between Mr. Baker and Ms. Coakley. Baker is opposed to the automatic gas tax hike. Baker, brings private industry/civil service experience while Coakley is permanent civil servant. And therein lies the rub. As a civil servant, … 0