Opinion

Editorial: Baker jumps in on homelessness

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Give Gov. Charlie Baker credit for quickly wading into how the state handles homelessness. It’s an increasing problem here in Massachusetts for the families feeling the direct impact of their situation, and as Greenfield knows better than most towns, that effect extends to communities that find themselves as the new hometown for those now living in motels in what is supposed to be transitional housing. While the previous administration tried … 0

Culleny: Our exceptional mythology

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Our national mythology leads us to believe in our own goodness. We turn to its scriptures when our sense of righteousness needs stiffening. In them we find words like, “We hold these truths to be self-evident …” or “… endowed by our creator …” or “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: Committed to feeding our neighbors

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

At The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, our mission is to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger. Since 1982, we have been providing emergency food to tens of thousands of food-insecure individuals every year, through our member agencies (including local food pantries, meal sites and shelters) across Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. We are committed to … 0

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Letter: Subtraction by addition

Monday, February 23, 2015

As a server who has worked in Shelburne Falls for well over a decade, I can attest that the addition of yet another restaurant will do nothing to enhance the economic viability or character of the village. The numerous restaurants already established here struggle to remain open during … 0

Letter: To my water pipe rescue

Monday, February 23, 2015

I awakened on a recent morning to a mere trickle of water from my faucet. By mid-afternoon, thanks to Greenfield DPW, full service was restored. It is too easy to take our civil servants for granted. From my phone call to Judy at DPW at 7:15 a.m., to … 0

Editorial: Downing thinks out of the box

Sunday, February 22, 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 state Sen. Benjamin Downing, whose district includes a number of Franklin County towns, for thinking out of the box when it comes to money … 0

Blagg: Hot and cold on the mind

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I’ve been thinking a lot about heat recently — for obvious reasons. When I look at the windows of my 1852-vintage home, for example, I’m less likely to dwell on their lovely thin mullion sash windows than I am to consider the enormous amount of heat that I … 1

Letter: Setting record straight

Sunday, February 22, 2015

An open letter to Joe Maruca: Your report is very thorough and will be a helpful guide to Rowe’s Fire Department. I am pleased to hear that many of the goals have already been accomplished in the last five months thanks to the hard work and dedication of … 0

Editorial: Food stamps on the chopping block

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A food fight is again brewing in the hallways of Congress. Republicans in the U.S. House have again set their sights on trimming what they believe is fat in the federal budget, and the House Agriculture Committee is reportedly planning to begin a debate over reforming the Supplemental … 1

In the Arena: Leaf out of the pot playbook

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Someday — and that day may come sooner than you think — it will be legal to smoke a “joint,” a marijuana cigarette, while walking down Main Street in Greenfield or any other street in Massachusetts. It’s been … 1

Editorial: Red flag on casino revenue

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

As Massachusetts waits patiently to learn who will be the winning applicant for the state’s third, and presumably final, resort casino, there was other news this week that residents and state lawmakers should not ignore. A number of states new to the casino gambling game are finding that … 1

Letter: Where’s the coverage?

Friday, February 20, 2015

There are times when there seems to be big news stories missing from The Recorder. These are stories that affect local people and businesses. Last year, when the huge rate increases were announced by the electric suppliers, The Recorder, and the media in general, didn’t seem to take … 0

Letter: Let’s support this

Friday, February 20, 2015

There are a lot of folks in Buckland who are enthusiastically looking forward to having another good restaurant in the village at the Salmon Falls Artisans showroom building. Imagine this — an anchor restaurant in the same building as one of the finest craft galleries in the Northeast … 0