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Editorial: Kennametal growth good news

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re always looking for good economic development news such as the kind recently issued by Kennametal in Greenfield. The manufacturer of cutting tools for all types of industries has already been expanding its workforce — some 70 jobs over a five-year period — and plans to renovate its North Street factory this … 0

Blagg: Making a safer world

Sunday, January 25, 2015

So what are we going to do? In the wake of the past few years’ continuing assaults by groups or individuals claiming to represent Islam — and the apparent ease with which they pick “soft targets” around the world — what steps can the rest of us take? How can we make our … 0

Letter: Reject this project

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Building the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) is a very bad idea. This pipeline would facilitate the extraction of tar sands oil, a low-quality product whose production causes even more pollution than conventional oil. According to the state department, KXL would increase climate pollution by 27.4 million metric tons of carbon per year. The pipeline itself would cut across the Midwest breadbasket and the … 0

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Letter: Press freedom

Friday, January 16, 2015

We join the rest of the world in mourning the brave staff of the magazine Charlie Hebdo, gunned down by religious fanatics for defending freedom of the press. Meat industry fanatics in the U.S. have devised a more subtle means of stifling freedom of the press. The states … 0

Editorial: Keep an eye on Olympic price

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Prestige versus price — that’s what should be considered in the drive by some civic leaders to make Boston the host city for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Last week’s announcement that the United States Olympic Committee picked Boston … 0

In the Arena: Looking out for western Mass.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

As reporters, we are trained to keep our emotions out of the story, but that was tough to do last week while watching now-Senate President Stan Rosenberg chair the recent joint session of the Legislature during the swearing-in of new Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karen Polito. … 0

Letter: Keep it up

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I appreciate all your efforts. Each day I look forward to reading the editorials; it’s good to know what others are thinking and show concern about. Tom Bevacqua’s commentary on the weather is amusing and love the photographs. Great scenes captured! Everyone keep up the great work! JOANNE … 0

Letter: Column shines light

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I would like to compliment a recent My Turn by David Keith of Deerfield. The piece, titled “For Private Gain,” was timely, important and extremely well written and researched. Mr. Keith pointed out the abundance of natural gas supply currently available to residential and industrial users in the … 0

Letter: Cowardly press

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Charlie Hebdo, the now famous Paris newspaper, printed unflattering cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, and the prophet’s followers have slain Charlie Hebdo — at least for now. Tim Blagg, and other western Mass. ivory tower pontificators salute the old and ridiculous statement: The pen is mightier than the … 0

Editorial: A misstep on the world stage

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Failing to send someone of adequate stature to the massive rally in Paris last Sunday following last week’s terrorist attacks was a serious misstep by the Obama administration. To be sure, the president has now recognized that, saying … 0

Blixt/My Turn: Leaving me with a smile

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I have no idea what Recorder sports columnist Chip Ainsworth is talking about most of the time. Whatever it is, however, it makes me smile. This is why, although I know nothing about sports, I eagerly follow as Chip leads me through the depravity of UMass hockey, the … 0

Letter: Addressing litter

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I am writing this to say “thank you” to Mr. Bryce Brownstein (Jan. 3 article in The Recorder) concerning the blight, safety and health issues of litter in our towns and communities. Littering is a huge problem we all face with no easy solution to prevent it. We … 0

Letter: Curbside compost

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Here’s a suggestion to Greenfield residents and the DPW about increasing townwide food waste composting (“Composting program slow to catch on” Jan 6): add food waste collection to the curbside pickup. Although technical difficulties surely abound, this is a doable project for a town (city) as green as … 0