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Editorial: Keep increasing composting

Friday, October 2, 2015

You don’t have to convince us about the benefits of composting. Getting food waste, soiled paper plates, cups and napkins out of the stream that would otherwise be headed to some incinerator or landfill makes sound economic sense for any number of Franklin County communities. According to the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, the cost of sending a community’s trash to either a landfill or energy-from-waste facility on Bondi’s … 0

Letter: Backing McMillan

Friday, October 2, 2015

I strongly support Jesse McMillan as a candidate for Greenfield School Committee. This energetic young professional is a graduate of the Greenfield school system and is now a public school teacher in Pittsfield. Even when he was a young teen, Jesse showed obvious potential and a willingness to commit enormous amounts of energy and time to worthwhile town projects. I first met and … 0

Editorial: Greenfield election on horizon

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Greenfield’s voters will have a unique opportunity next month. On Nov. 3, residents head to the polls at Greenfield High School to essentially make over their local government. A change in the town’s charter has put every seat on every elected board before the voters this fall. Voters will be deciding who will make up the 13-seat Town Council, with residents picking the … 0

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In the Arena: Skipping debates

Thursday, September 24, 2015

It looks like 2015 is going to be the year of the “nonpolitician” in Greenfield. Greenfield School Committee candidates Jesse McMillian and Cameron Ward took to Facebook last week — and, Ward’s case, the pages of The Recorder — to announce that they would not be running traditional … 0

Sullivan/My Turn: Taking prescription drugs out of equation

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Would you keep an unlocked gun in your home? Of course not, that’s too dangerous. There is too much potential for that gun to get into small or curious hands, resulting in a catastrophic accident. By the same token, you should not keep prescription medications in an unlocked … 0

Letter: Asylum seekers

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Refugees fleeing their war-torn homeland of Syria and Iraq and on their 2,500-mile trek to Austria and Germany have gone viral on all news outlets around the globe, and the up-close and personal interviews with television cameras bringing us the heartrending plight of their desperation. Hopefully nations, including … 0

Editorial: Family farms grow in significance

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

You don’t have to convince us about the role family farms play in Massachusetts. Agriculture, after all, is woven through the hills and valleys of western and central Massachusetts. It’s an integral part of life here, whether we’re talking about a farm that is generations old or a … 0

Proujansky/My Turn: Meeting our energy ‘needs’

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The biggest issue concerning the proposed pipeline is the issue of need. I believe that the issue of need is a fabrication and that the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline is therefore no more than an attempt to steal land for corporate profit and it must be stopped. Let … 2

Letter: Missing support

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I think the Town of Montague, Village of Turners Falls, mainly River Culture, should feel very sad and embarrassed, as I do for not supporting Black History Month, which is February of every year. River Culture has supported Indian tribes very well and now Latino History Month. Could … 2

Letter: A narrow view

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

You’re right Ms. Weiskel (My Turn;Sept. 14) your article was not a “Jobs versus Pipleline” argument. In my view it should have been labeled “It’s my way or nothing at all.” Your point of view originates with the small majority of valley residents who think and act the … 2

Editorial: Health care reform far from finished

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Back when the state Legislature and then-Gov. Mitt Romney were devising a plan for health care in Massachusetts, the idea was to address two components: to see that everyone was covered and to slow skyrocketing costs. What was put together here, as the public has seen since 2006, … 0

Lavin-Williams/My Turn: Light the Night for Jenna

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cancer has touched my life several times over — it has taken loved ones from me and put my family through hell. Its tentacles are far-reaching and it does not discriminate. It seems to grab at anyone it … 0

Letter: ‘The system works’

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Eight to zero was the Supreme Court decision against Richard Nixon, leading to the only presidential resignation in United States history. When it was all over, the chief justice was quoted as saying with obvious relief that “the system works.” Her 15 minutes of fame is just about … 0