Editorial: Senate holds AG nominee hostage

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Over the past couple of years, Americans have witnessed the U.S. House of Representatives being turned into something that often resembles a Saturday Night Live skit rather than a serious group of public officials trying to reach reasonable compromises. Recently, we’ve heard members make statements so full of errors and exaggerations as to be laughable. And now it seems that the other chamber of Congress, the even more important Senate, … 0

In the Arena: It gets hot in Montague

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I’ve experienced some tense moments covering local government, but few to rival what occurred at Monday’s Montague selectmen’s meeting. The topic was whether the board would sign a new contract with current cable access television provider, Montague Community Cable Incorporated, or issue a “request for proposals” for a new cable operator, which was the same method they used to edge the Shea board … 0

Cahillane/My Turn: Caught with their pants down

Thursday, March 26, 2015

“PADDY PANTSDOWN!” Is one of my all-time favorite tabloid headlines. It ran in the Sun newspaper when a member of Parliament, Paddy Ashdown, admitted a five-year affair with his secretary. He was afterward knighted then named to the House of Lords as Baron Ashdown of Norton Sub-Hamdon. Ashdown leads the Liberal Democratic party, or Lib-Dems. Somehow his 30-year marriage survived. In U.K. or … 0

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Letter: Let’s look for good

Thursday, March 19, 2015

They are different from me, from us. So, why are we so afraid? I was afraid of the motorcyclists. I saw a movie about “Hells Angels,” and those specific folks were bad. In this instance, both men and women were terrible. I was told that in every organization, … 0

Editorial: Vigilance required for open government

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts would like to be considered as a cradle of our nation and our democracy. From Samuel and John Adams to William Lloyd Garrison and Susan B. Anthony — citizens of Massachusetts have been defenders … 0

Letter: A critical campaign

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

On March 11, the YMCA in Greenfield kicked off its 2015 Annual Campaign. All of the funds raised will be used to help Franklin County youth and families have access to the vital programs and services the Y provides. Seven years ago, 12-13 percent of our members utilized … 0

Letter: Return the cart

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Flower arrangements, statuary, animals, cars and now a garden cart that was an anniversary gift from my deceased husband was stolen from my property on Tuesday, March 10! Really! The cart, not only has sentimental value, but for many years it has been a godsend for garden and … 0

Letter: Powerful exhibit

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Last weekend, I happened upon a new exhibit at the Greenfield Community College campus in the gallery on the south end of the main building: House/Home, A Work in Progress. The images are by John Willis. The text by Brent Sturlaugson relates a powerful story of the ways … 0

Editorial: Curbing tobacco use

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Passage of an ordinance in Greenfield that raises the age at which people can buy tobacco products is an understandable step. The goal is obviously to find a way to keep tobacco out of the hands of youngsters of any age with the hope that, at the age … 0

Greist/My Turn: Celebrating the doughnut

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Over the years, I have watched the dramatic ebb and flow of our downtown business community. My own efforts in that arena have also seen good times and bad. On its very darkest days: vacant storefronts, hope dwindling, owners broke, desperate, depressed and sometimes, even, understandably, drunk or … 0

Letter: Bait and switch

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Susan Sakmar, LNG expert, reports: “As of Aug. 28, 2014, the Department of Energy has approved a total of 40.96BCF/d for LNG exports. This is over half of U.S. natural gas production of approximately 70 Bcf/d. The 40.96 approved exports include many FTA only applications, which must be … 3

Letter: Donor match

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

On behalf of the Be The Match, I want to thank The Recorder and reporter Chris Curtis for poignantly documenting how one young woman provided a second chance at life for another. The story of local marrow donor Michaela Loynd (Feb. 26) is a testament to her personal … 0

Letter: Crack down on speeding

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Colrain Road has had trouble in the past with traffic. In The Recorder (Oct. 3) it was stated there were over 7,000 cars going down Colrain Road. Now, I’m sure it’s much more. They put the roundabout in. That helps traffic from Greenfield Community College get out, but … 0