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Editorial: A straightforward request

Friday, July 31, 2015

From where we sit, a request from Ford and Toyota dealership for a tax break is pretty straightforward. The owner wants to use Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to reduce the amount of taxes paid to Greenfield over the next 10 years. Getting this municipal break would then let Robert Cartelli, owner of the Ford and Toyota of Greenfield, to apply for an even greater tax break from the state. As … 0

Letter: Working at CSO

Friday, July 31, 2015

To Karin Jeffers, CEO of CSO: I came to CSO with approximately 30 years of experience in human services, primarily in Franklin County. I was invited to join CSO by a team of people that I had a great deal of respect and admiration for. It has been a really positive experience getting to know my co-workers and clients over these last 3½ … 0

Letter: Life elsewhere

Friday, July 31, 2015

The latest astronomical discovery, an “earth-like” planet 1,400 light years away, dubbed Kepler-452b, has sent some observers into an orgasmic frenzy. The most obvious explanation for all the excitement is a natural one. We should always be eager to discover new information about God’s creation — Johann Kepler’s motivation. But underlying the starry eyed (pun intended) Mooney and Krishna-like euphoria over the prospect … 0

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Editorial: Inspiring work in Warwick

Monday, July 20, 2015

When we hear the story of the Warwick Volunteer Firemen’s Association and a new safety building, a number of words come quickly to mind. “Determination” is a word that pops up first. The association has been raising money to expand the existing firehouse built in 1952 for the … 0

Rosenberg/My Turn: Rewarding hard work

Monday, July 20, 2015

T he state Legislature recently took an important step toward reducing income inequality by voting to increase the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit — a tax benefit for those making $50,000 or less — for the first time since the credit was created 18 years ago. As an … 0

Letter: Support clinicians

Monday, July 20, 2015

As a therapist working in community mental health for the past 31 years, I can’t idly stand by and watch as SEIU Local 509 at Clinical and Support Options is on the verge of a costly strike. I hope you will not either. Clinician Michael Wilmeth of CSO … 0

Letter: Mental health workers

Monday, July 20, 2015

As a clinician who has worked in community mental health for seven-plus years, I felt compelled to comment on the article “Mental Health Workers Union Plans Strike” published on Thursday. I have the following thoughts: ∎ To the local government officials, Congress, Department of Mental Health … ARE YOU … 0

Editorial: Purchase moves Whately forward

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Whately took a big step forward with its plans for the future in signing a purchase and sale agreement for the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building. While the purchase … 0

Letter: Showcasing the area

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Green River Festival has become an annual rite of summer in the Pioneer Valley. This year’s festival was the biggest yet with the addition of a third day. In total, over 14,000 people attended over the course of the weekend, which was blessed with near-perfect weather. The … 0

Letter: Managing solar arrays

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Hawley Planning Board is holding a public hearing Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m. to receive voter input on a proposed bylaw amendment that addresses large-scale solar developments. If properly done, large scale solar developments can provide revenue for land owners and the town. They also can … 0

Letter: Senior power

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Fellow old people, and I can say that because I get mail regularly about signing up for Medicare, we have been heard! There is an urgent, indisputable and dire need for a new senior center. Thank you to all that have written to The Recorder urging our town … 0

Editorial: Improving region’s bus service

Friday, July 17, 2015

Once again, the Franklin Regional Transit Authority wants public input regarding bus service for the county. Unlike the type of surveys that try to gauge how they’re doing, the FRTA is seeking comment on its Comprehensive Service Analysis draft, a blueprint for better service, which should help build … 0

Letourneau-Therrien/My Turn: What’s working with local teens

Friday, July 17, 2015

I want to discuss three commonly held beliefs about smoking, drugs and alcohol. One is that smoking, drinking and drug use is rampant among teens and young adults. A second is that young people are going to drink, smoke and use drugs anyway, so attempts by governments and … 0