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Opinion

Editorial: Tracking down Dexter

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Dexter Marsh would be thrilled. The Greenfield handyman and laborer is now the object of a two-year project by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association to bring his amazing story to the public. Using a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, PVMA will research the story of how, in 1835, … 0

Blagg: ‘Green’ energy mix can be done

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The other day, newspapers across New England carried a story that heralded the fact that Burlington, Vt. is claiming that 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water, and biomass. With the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski Rive, the story said, the Burlington Electric Department crossed a long awaited threshold and … 0

Editorial: Bench idea terrific

Friday, September 19, 2014

We were delighted to read about a new plan to recycle metal tree grates from Greenfield’s downtown sidewalks and use them to build new, charming benches for Main and other town streets. It’s a great idea. As regular readers of The Recorder know, we have been in favor of adding more benches to Greenfield’s Main Street, rather than removing them, as some have … 0

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In the Arena: Deja vu

Moss/My Turn: Restoring a critical balance

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Welcome to the Third World! In imperialism’s heyday, we colonized other countries, other peoples, to plunder their riches for our enjoyment. Today, corporations colonize us. It’s called privatizing profits and socializing costs. For a fictionalized view of what it’s like to live under corporate hegemony, turn to Ishmael … 1

Letter: Safe bicycling

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Greenfield Area Bicycle Coalition’s cleanup of Turners Falls Road on Aug. 30. Officer Scott West of the Greenfield Police Department was on hand with his bicycle to direct traffic as we hand trimmed weeds left from the DPW mowing and … 0

Letter: Food for thought

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I am a senior at Four Rivers Public Charter School in Greenfield and have enjoyed my last five years of learning and growth in such an engaging and open environment. Its been an experienced unrivaled in importance in my life but it has not come without some difficulty … 0

Editorial: Pardoning Nixon: a 40-year view

Monday, September 8, 2014

On Monday, 40 years ago, U.S. President Gerald R. Ford did what many Americans at the time thought was out of line: He pardoned his predecessor, Richard M. Nixon. At the time, Ford’s decision, coming just a month after Nixon had resigned in disgrace following the unfolding of … 0

Culleny: Justice only for some

Monday, September 8, 2014

There’s are good and prudent reasons not to have armies policing citizens; they have to do with issues of function and mental attitude. A police force is established to protect citizens against lawbreakers, armies are created to fight … 0

Letter: Home energy savings

Monday, September 8, 2014

You can counter the proposed gas pipeline by reducing your home energy consumption. Heating accounts for over 60 percent of U.S. residential natural gas consumption; appliances, electronics and lighting use 35 percent of home energy. The more our collective energy consumption goes down, the less likely the need … 0

Letter: This is teaching?

Monday, September 8, 2014

My father was a pretty good teacher in his day and when I heard him roll once in his grave, I thought it best that I put in two cents worth on his behalf. He taught at a time when teachers didn’t make damn fools of themselves to … 0

Editorial: Rezoning Lunt a good idea

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Rezoning the former Lunt Silversmith property, as suggested by Greenfield Mayor William Martin, makes sense. The mayor is planning to ask the Town Council to change the property from “general … 0

Blagg:McKinley's assassination shocks the nation

Sunday, September 7, 2014

One hundred and thirteen years ago, on Sept. 6, 1901, at about 4 in the afternoon, President William McKinley was shot at point-blank range by an anarchist, Leon Czolgosz. McKinley was shaking hands at a reception at the … 0

Letter: Missing from art scene

Sunday, September 7, 2014

I wasn’t amazed to read online that both the Arts Block and the Pushkin Gallery were closing. I felt more sad about the first, having enjoyed some great music there over the past few years. I was less surprised about the closing of the gallery spaces. As a … 0