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Opinion

Editorial: Moving Millers Falls forward

Friday, January 23, 2015

Millers Falls has had a long history, not only as one of the five villages of Montague but also with the neighboring communities of Erving and Wendell. At one point, the village was a center of activity, a busy community. Commerce included grocery and drug stores, places to eat and stay as well as the home for various tradesmen and repair shops. And, of course, there were Millers Falls Tool … 0

Kurland/My Turn: Revising the foundation budget

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dear Ms. Williamson, Sen. Chang-Diaz and members of the Massachusetts Foundation Budget Review Commission: Thank you for conducting hearings about revising the formula for the foundation budget calculations. I would like to expand upon the testimony I gave at the hearing in Northampton. Our goal is to provide excellent, not just adequate, education for every child in the commonwealth, whether that child is … 0

Letter: We need a stronger law

Friday, January 23, 2015

Seeing we are the adults and our lawmakers are adults — why do adults have to live by the law? This has to do with talking on your cell phone will driving. Today, a car pulled out of Hope Street (never stopped) went through the stop sign and cut me off. Yes, this person was talking on the phone (adult). Just look around … 0

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Letter: Cowardly press

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Charlie Hebdo, the now famous Paris newspaper, printed unflattering cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, and the prophet’s followers have slain Charlie Hebdo — at least for now. Tim Blagg, and other western Mass. ivory tower pontificators salute the old and ridiculous statement: The pen is mightier than the … 0

Editorial: A misstep on the world stage

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Failing to send someone of adequate stature to the massive rally in Paris last Sunday following last week’s terrorist attacks was a serious misstep by the Obama administration. To be sure, the president has now recognized that, saying … 0

Blixt/My Turn: Leaving me with a smile

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I have no idea what Recorder sports columnist Chip Ainsworth is talking about most of the time. Whatever it is, however, it makes me smile. This is why, although I know nothing about sports, I eagerly follow as Chip leads me through the depravity of UMass hockey, the … 0

Letter: Addressing litter

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I am writing this to say “thank you” to Mr. Bryce Brownstein (Jan. 3 article in The Recorder) concerning the blight, safety and health issues of litter in our towns and communities. Littering is a huge problem we all face with no easy solution to prevent it. We … 0

Letter: Curbside compost

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Here’s a suggestion to Greenfield residents and the DPW about increasing townwide food waste composting (“Composting program slow to catch on” Jan 6): add food waste collection to the curbside pickup. Although technical difficulties surely abound, this is a doable project for a town (city) as green as … 0

Letter: Appreciate the coverage

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

We recently held our 33rd annual Solstice storytelling concert … a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Western Mass. and Partners in Health. This year we made $1,452 while creating a community here and farther afield. Local businesses supported our production needs through donations, hanging our posters, giving … 0

Editorial: CPR use hits close to home

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

We were reminded once again the other day of the thin line that can exist between life and death — even in ordinary circumstances. Lost in the terrible news from Paris and Nigeria was another, more prosaic but still striking example of how knowledge and skill and calm … 1

Hazard/My Turn: Green energy for Greenfield

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Thank you, Mayor William Martin, Carole Collins, director of Energy and Sustainability, and consultant Paul Gromer of Peregrine Energy — for making it possible for everyone in Greenfield to receive “green electricity” at a price lower than the going Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) price! I know that … 0

Zinan/My Turn: High anxiety

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Anxiety, biologists inform us, is the human evolutionary psyche on super alert to the physical dangers of the prehistoric world. Beware the leopard, tiger and shark. For millions of people, in our relatively physically safe environment, anxiety is the emotional predator. Let’s leap backward to the summer of … 0

Letter: A sad goodbye

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I was shocked and saddened to read that Steve Malsch and Fairview Gardens has closed. It is a loss to Northfield and the Pioneer Valley that a small-business owner has had to shut his doors. But that is another issue. I would like to spend the time thanking … 0