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Editorial: Stepping up for Harvest Supper

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: A tip of the hat to the volunteers who stepped forward so that the Free Harvest Supper will happen for the 11th time on the Greenfield Town Common. Earlier this year, the people who have been the backbone for this wonderful community event that offers up a fresh, locally produced meal, put … 0

Bos/My Turn: Religion and science

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Pope Francis, in his papal encyclical “Laudato Si” (“Be Praised”) on June 18, called for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century. In the June 20 edition of The Recorder, Pastor Gary Bourbeau makes a case for intelligent design — … 0

Editorial: Reason to celebrate since 1776

Friday, July 3, 2015

Today we get to celebrate the Fourth of July, an observance that should be near and dear to every American. After all, it was on this day in 1776 that the Continental Congress accepted the Declaration of Independence, the document that helped light the fuse for the American Revolution and so much more … 1

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Editorial: Reason to celebrate since 1776

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Editorial: Future of local business means supporting Franklin County CDC

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Thank goodness Franklin County’s number one lender isn’t one of those mammoth Wall Street banks — you know, the ones that helped damage the Main Street economy of America in what has now become known as the Great Recession. It’s the locally owned banks that take the lead … 0

Editorial: A more perfect union

Friday, June 26, 2015

Nearly 30 years ago, The Recorder received a wedding announcement for inclusion on our Milestones page, where such important events in the lives of Franklin County residents are chronicled. This one was different. It involved two women. The … 0

In the Arena: Health board chair out

Friday, June 26, 2015

Greenfield’s new tobacco regulations go into effect next week, on the same day one of its chief architects leaves office. Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin has announced that he will not reappoint current Board of Health Chairwoman Janina Thayer to the board, despite 17 years of service. “I’m shocked … 0

Shelburne man's legacy of giving is worth emulating

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A pair of socks. Such a seemingly small thing, from such a deceptively simple sentiment, derived from such a big and important credo. “Life is sharing and caring” was so much more than a slogan to Richard S. Bole of Shelburne, a former sixth-grade teacher in Greenfield public … 0

Letter: Science and theology, understanding nuance

Friday, June 26, 2015

To pivot on a question asked by Gill Pastor Gary Bourbeau, in his perspective piece “The case for intelligent design: Gill pastor sees faith supported by evidence,” isn’t it far more interesting that Darwinism, and indeed the principles of heritability, genetics, and evolution, are not any more contradictory … 0

My Turn: Gran: Weather and climate

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A letter to The Recorder (May 18) Global Warming Crystal Ball expressed a common denier myth: “Meteorologists cannot even forecast the weather a month from now, yet these global warming alarmists can predict what the weather will be like in the coming decades. Amazing.” “This argument betrays a … 0

Letter: Praise for Bill Cardaropoli

Thursday, June 25, 2015

There are many people behind the scenes doing amazing things for little or no money to support great things in our community. Bill Cardaropoli is one of those people. Since my kids were little, Bill has been ever-present as a coach as part of Greenfield rec and in … 0

Letter: Colrain Road roundabout

Thursday, June 25, 2015

As a daily commuter by bicycle and sometimes car, I want to thank those who conceived of and built the rotary on Colrain Road at the entrance to GCC. I was dubious when the project started because I often feel rotaries are dangerous places, especially for bikers and … 0

Editorial: State must bolster staffing for funeral home inspections

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Until practice catches up with promises, customers of funeral home services in Massachusetts need to guard themselves and their families against fraudulent conduct that can turn a difficult time into a horrendous one. While steps have been taken in the past year to more closely monitor financial transactions … 0

My Turn: Brown: Two national diseases, Gun Violence and Racism

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A month ago, I walked into a situation that left me badly shaken. I was picking up a small pepperoni at my favorite pizza joint here in Taos. As I waited at the counter for the take-out to … 0