Opinion

Editorial: More power for community

Friday, August 22, 2014

Greenfield Mayor William Martin’s push to create a municipal conduit for electrical power may not be unique — there are plenty of communities that have their own municipal electric utility — but it’s important nevertheless. That’s because it’s about the power of community. “This will be a great economic development tool for us,” Martin told The Recorder’s Anita Fritz. “Large companies use a lot of electricity and we will be … 0

Meyer/My Turn: Disturbing change of course

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vermont Yankee, the last of the region’s nuclear plants, will close in December. In response, GDF-Suez FirstLight’s Nortfield Mountain Pumped Storage plant is looking to change its stripes. On June 27, it applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a “temporary” license amendment to allow it broad new freedoms to consume unprecedented amounts of the Connecticut River from Dec. 1, 2014 through … 0

Letter: Finding a candidate

Friday, August 22, 2014

With the election of a new governor coming up this November, I need a candidate I can support. I want to elect someone who really cares about ALL the people, not just the wealthy and powerful. I need someone who understands that our climate is changing and we humans have to power to make things either better or worse. My candidate is very … 0

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In the Arena: Further study required

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The “dog days” of summer are underway for the Greenfield Town Council. The “closer to your grandfather’s” council is going to be busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger over the next couple of months as it tackles a huge number of issues, including ordinances on parking and a … 0

Letter: Threat to land trusts

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Rattlesnake Gutter Trust is a land trust dedicated to protecting natural and scenic areas of Leverett in balance with private property and community development. We do this primarily by purchasing and managing important conservation land, and by assisting Leverett landowners in protecting their property through conservation restrictions. … 0

Letter: Saturday parking

Thursday, August 14, 2014

An open letter to Mayor Martin: I’ve just paid a $10 fine for a parking meter violation when I visited the Farmers Market Saturday morning. No excuses, your Honor, I plead guilty. I also want to make a plea for free parking on Saturdays to encourage more people … 0

Editorial: A boost in fighting addiction

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Combating addiction to heroin and other like substances in the Franklin County area got a boost recently with much-needed help from the state. The entire package includes money for two new detox centers — one to serve the population of the North Quabbin region and the other facility … 0

Culleny: The song remains the same

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I read an essay recently by John Michael Greer in his blog, The Archdruid Report. It ends with this: “(now) I’ll … return to the ordinary business of chronicling the decline and fall of industrial civilization.” Ominously, the essay ends there after Greer has run through what he … 0

Letter: We need Susannah

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I have been involved in local politics for over 30 years. I have served on numerous volunteer committees, and have served as an elected precinct representative, selectman and School Committee member. I have even run for the same state-level office in 2010 for the 2nd Franklin District. I … 0

Editorial: The slow pace to high-speed rail

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Some regions of the Connecticut River Valley are becoming aware of the work being done to upgrade the railroad tracks that run from south to north through Northampton and Greenfield, in anticipation of increased Amtrak passenger train service. Part of the motivation behind the updates is to allow … 1

Giamberardino and Pieters: Strike out smokeless tobacco

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It’s something that’s too familiar. And, sadly, too often are the outcomes. During any major league baseball game, players can be seen with their cheeks extended and a dark fluid being spit out of their mouths. It’s a … 0

Letter: No pipeline needed

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Gov. Patrick has held closed-door meetings that propose a tariff to be levied on all electricity ratepayers in Massachusetts to finance an unnecessary, overbuilt, high-pressure, gas transmission pipeline all across the state of Massachusetts. This in addition to enlarged capacity on the existing pipeline in Southern Massachusetts. And … 1

Letter: Focus on Israel

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The following remarks from Sherrill Hogen’s July 28 piece caught my attention: “We must remember that it is Israel that has taken Palestinian land and occupied it with the force of arms.” I’m sure Ms. Hogen knows that Israel is not currently occupying Gaza, although it certainly is … 1