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Editorial: Reason to celebrate since 1776

Friday, July 3, 2015

Today we get to celebrate the Fourth of July, an observance that should be near and dear to every American. After all, it was on this day in 1776 that the Continental Congress accepted the Declaration of Independence, the document that helped light the fuse for the American Revolution and so much more in the creation of the United States … 0

Letter: Priorities

Friday, July 3, 2015

This will be short and sweet: The last couple of days, I have been reading how there is an interest in creating a cultural district in Greenfield. I can see how this would be very beneficial to the town. We all need culture. However, I was wondering if we could work on that, right after the Walmart or whatever big box store is … 0

Letter: Wrong tone

Friday, July 3, 2015

While I applaud efforts to support Sy’s Fund, I am distressed that the event planners chose to host a “sizzlers pageant.” No, it is NOT true that anything fun is good, as one spokesperson is quoted. We all may know people who identify as trans- — in our families, our workplaces, our faith communities. Let’s celebrate our diversity, not mock it. Rev. Dr. … 0

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In the Arena: Health board chair out

Friday, June 26, 2015

Greenfield’s new tobacco regulations go into effect next week, on the same day one of its chief architects leaves office. Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin has announced that he will not reappoint current Board of Health Chairwoman Janina Thayer to the board, despite 17 years of service. “I’m shocked … 0

Shelburne man's legacy of giving is worth emulating

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A pair of socks. Such a seemingly small thing, from such a deceptively simple sentiment, derived from such a big and important credo. “Life is sharing and caring” was so much more than a slogan to Richard S. Bole of Shelburne, a former sixth-grade teacher in Greenfield public … 0

Letter: Science and theology, understanding nuance

Friday, June 26, 2015

To pivot on a question asked by Gill Pastor Gary Bourbeau, in his perspective piece “The case for intelligent design: Gill pastor sees faith supported by evidence,” isn’t it far more interesting that Darwinism, and indeed the principles of heritability, genetics, and evolution, are not any more contradictory … 0

My Turn: Gran: Weather and climate

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A letter to The Recorder (May 18) Global Warming Crystal Ball expressed a common denier myth: “Meteorologists cannot even forecast the weather a month from now, yet these global warming alarmists can predict what the weather will be like in the coming decades. Amazing.” “This argument betrays a … 0

Letter: Praise for Bill Cardaropoli

Thursday, June 25, 2015

There are many people behind the scenes doing amazing things for little or no money to support great things in our community. Bill Cardaropoli is one of those people. Since my kids were little, Bill has been ever-present as a coach as part of Greenfield rec and in … 0

Letter: Colrain Road roundabout

Thursday, June 25, 2015

As a daily commuter by bicycle and sometimes car, I want to thank those who conceived of and built the rotary on Colrain Road at the entrance to GCC. I was dubious when the project started because I often feel rotaries are dangerous places, especially for bikers and … 0

Editorial: State must bolster staffing for funeral home inspections

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Until practice catches up with promises, customers of funeral home services in Massachusetts need to guard themselves and their families against fraudulent conduct that can turn a difficult time into a horrendous one. While steps have been taken in the past year to more closely monitor financial transactions … 0

My Turn: Brown: Two national diseases, Gun Violence and Racism

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A month ago, I walked into a situation that left me badly shaken. I was picking up a small pepperoni at my favorite pizza joint here in Taos. As I waited at the counter for the take-out to … 0

Letter: Pipeline opposition

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

On Thursday, June 11, we attended a hearing by the Department of Public Utilities at a jam-packed auditorium in Greenfield, MA, concerning the proposed NED (Northeast Energy Direct) fracked gas pipeline. We went to lend solidarity to our fellows and were blown away by the intelligence, passion and … 1

Letter: U.S. must fight ISIS

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Recently, U.S.-made weaponry fell into enemy hands, ISIS: 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles, 40 M1A1 battle tanks, 74,000 machine guns, 52 M198 howitzer mobile guns , and 74,000 Army machine guns (reference : Reuters). The grand total estimated to be $219.7 million. Experts report those losses represent a fraction … 0