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Editorial: Twists and turns with medical pot

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Massachusetts’ maiden foray into the world of state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries has been anything but smooth. Chalk it up to either state officials being completely caught off-guard when voters passed the ballot initiative calling for the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes or that, once again, state officials felt the need to re-invent the wheel instead of using someone else’s blueprint when it came to how to get such operations up and running. It’s not as if no other states offer some kind of model for Massachusetts to use or even completely duplicate. But the ongoing bumps in the road with this process don’t just … 1

Warren: We can do better

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Massachusetts has distinguished itself as a state with a strong and enduring commitment to environmental conservation, a commitment evidenced in the wetlands, forests, waters, and state and private conservation lands that run from our coastline to the Berkshires. The commonwealth is also a leader in developing clean energy and promoting energy efficiency. In … 0

Letter: Seen clearly

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I very rarely write letters to the editor, but felt compelled to do so at this time. It is with great sadness that Glen Nichols is closing his doors in Turners Falls. I went there to get my latest pair of glasses and was very happy with the service provided. Since I had a limited amount of money to spend, I asked him … 0

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Editorial: Twists and turns with medical pot

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Collins: Andrews’ stance baffles supporters

Thursday, August 7, 2014

“Dazed and confused.” That was one of the takeaway quotes this week from Franklin County Opioid Task Force Founder John Merrigan in reaction to Second Franklin State Rep. Denise Andrews’ vote to oppose increased mandatory minimum sentences for convicted drug traffickers. A more apt reaction might be, “we … 3

Letter: Splash park? Not sure

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I am a Hillside Park neighbor and have had mixed feelings about the upcoming splash park project. I was initially concerned that the plan did not include any type of changing facility (yes, I understand that would possibly invite more trouble). I am more concerned after reading that … 0

Letter: Anderson for rep

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My wife, Karen Anderson, candidate for State Representative, and I are celebrating our anniversary this year ... our 25th. The time has flown to where we find ourselves today. I remember how beautiful Karen looked in her borrowed wedding dress as she walked down the aisle. We spent … 0

Editorial: Greenfield plans

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

As was the case with most Greenfield residents, we were pleased to see Mayor William Martin’s list of planned projects for the town in Tuesday’s Recorder. Even if all of them don’t come to fruition, just the fact that they’re being considered is good news. He said that … 0

Letter: Thanks, Dakin

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I just want to say a big “Thank You” to the Dakin Animal Shelter in Leverett for all that they do for the many cats and dogs that are there. I was impressed with the place and I felt I had to get the word out to the … 0

Letter: Lung cancer warning

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Aug. 1 was the third annual World Lung Cancer Day, a day to pause to remember those who are fighting lung cancer as well as those who have lost their lives to this insidious disease. Lung cancer is the No. 1 adult cancer killer in the U.S., claiming … 0

Letter: Looking back

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I got a great kick out of fun memories brought back by seeing the little girl bouncing on a playground toy outside my old fifth-grade Federal Street School window — the one we jumped from into a fireman’s net. No fire, just a demonstration by the Fire Department. … 0

Editorial: A new nation?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

As the world’s attention is turned to Gaza and the bloody battles between Israel and Hamas, a chilling series of events is developing just a few hundred miles to the northeast. Islamic radicals known as ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, have spread from … 0

Letter: It’s not the rockets

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

While I am no admirer of Hamas, I have to take issue with Tim Blagg’s July 21 column, which claimed it is Palestinian extremism that has provoked and maintained the Israeli bombardment and invasion of Gaza. As Henry Siegman, a former director of the American Jewish Congress, pointed … 0

Letter: The Hero or the Villain?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Certainly one of the best articles I have read recently on a tragic mistake that was made 66 years ago, is one by Rashid Khalidim entitled “Collective Punishment in Gaza.” He makes the argument that the Palestinians have suffered almost unspeakable horrors (for the creation of the state … 0