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Editorial: A straightforward request

Friday, July 31, 2015

From where we sit, a request from Ford and Toyota dealership for a tax break is pretty straightforward. The owner wants to use Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to reduce the amount of taxes paid to Greenfield over the next 10 years. Getting this municipal break would then let Robert Cartelli, owner of the Ford and Toyota of Greenfield, to apply for an even greater tax break from the state. As … 1

Letter: Working at CSO

Friday, July 31, 2015

To Karin Jeffers, CEO of CSO: I came to CSO with approximately 30 years of experience in human services, primarily in Franklin County. I was invited to join CSO by a team of people that I had a great deal of respect and admiration for. It has been a really positive experience getting to know my co-workers and clients over these last 3½ … 0

Letter: Life elsewhere

Friday, July 31, 2015

The latest astronomical discovery, an “earth-like” planet 1,400 light years away, dubbed Kepler-452b, has sent some observers into an orgasmic frenzy. The most obvious explanation for all the excitement is a natural one. We should always be eager to discover new information about God’s creation — Johann Kepler’s motivation. But underlying the starry eyed (pun intended) Mooney and Krishna-like euphoria over the prospect … 0

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Editorial: A straightforward request

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Letter: Right place for clinic

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I attended the hearing re: Lunt detox/rehab center, at the middle school. The sound system was horrid and I missed a lot. But, what I learned was that there were no compelling reasons not to grant permission. The usual “Not In My Backyard” group citing reasons such as … 0

Letter: Examining issues

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I am sorry that Marguerite Willis found the Charlemont Forum offensive to her as a Republican. It is not the intention of the forum to criticize any political party. It is its intention to delve into issues that may be controversial but that have relevance on a national … 0

Editorial: Council smart to table action on plastics

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Greenfield Town Council’s decision to table a proposed ordinance banning plastics was a smart move. The decision provides the council critical time to look deeper into the proposal, which would ban plastic shopping bags, single-serve water bottles and plastic foam containers in Greenfield. Tabling the proposal means … 0

Brown/My Turn: Living with wildfires

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Several years ago, a resident of the tiny town of Arroyo Hondo, outside of Taos, N.M., did a rash and foolish thing. He was burning trash in a receptacle outside his house. At the time, a years-long drought had reduced much of surrounding forests to dry, combustible tinder. … 0

Letter: Praising The Recorder

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

As a former 25-plus-year resident of New Salem, I would like to join my old neighbors in praising the work of The Recorder for strong and fair local reporting. The Good Ship Blagg was the paper I subscribed to electronically and turned to daily for news of my … 0

Letter: Overdose prevention

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

We were saddened to learn about the three overdose deaths that occurred recently in Greenfield. This tragedy reinforces the need for a better understanding of opioid addiction and better access to overdose prevention education and Naloxone (Narcan) — a powerful medication that reverses opioid overdose by displacing opioids … 0

Editorial: PILOT proposal gives towns leverage

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What would you do with a million dollars? Sounds like a question straight out of a lottery game advertisement. But in the case of communities in Franklin County and around the state, it’s often wishful thinking. What could we do with another million dollars, especially with the demands … 0

Nestel/My Turn: Sen. Rosenberg, add your voice

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dear Sen. Rosenberg: The Nuclear & Carbon-Free Future Coalition of Western Massachusetts writes to thank you for advocating for the recent Department of Public Utilities (DPU) hearing that was held in Greenfield regarding Berkshire Gas Company and the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline that would come through Massachusetts, including … 0

Letter: Heard in New Salem

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My wife and I were among the residents of New Salem who turned out to talk with Editor George Forcier, on Tuesday, July 14, as he made his rounds meeting with the people of the towns of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region. We want to take … 0

Letter: What’s at stake

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

As members of the western Massachusetts medical community, we wish to express our support for the frontline mental health workers from Clinical and Support Options (CSO) who, represented by local SEIU 509, have announced a strike beginning on July 22 (unless management makes a reasonable offer). The issues … 0