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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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Letter: Ways to reduce environmental impact

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ways to reduce environmental impact Although I apparently don’t agree with John Blasiak on global warming or the Kinder Morgan pipeline, in his “Live within nature” piece, he gave a number of really good suggestions that each of us can use to reduce human impact on the natural … 0

Editorial: Shutesbury puts brakes on solar

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Last week, some of the people of Shutesbury rose up to express concern about a planned solar farm on 30 wooded acres off Pratt Corner Road. Shutesbury, to a large extent a bedroom town of well educated employees of local colleges, is often seen as a politically progressive … 0

Nestel/My Turn: At DPU hearing, effects of gas pipeline plan already painfully clear

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Opponents of the proposed Kinder Morgan Tennessee Gas Pipeline filled Greenfield Middle School to capacity on Thursday, June 11, when people of Franklin County and beyond had a chance to speak at a meeting called by the state Department of Public Utilities to hear public opinion regarding Berkshire … 1

Letter: News bias

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

John Bos in his My Turn stated “Every news organization is biased in one way or another.” So I would say Jan Norris is correct in that PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN and MSNBC are all left bias. I can say Fox News does lean to the right. What … 0

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Open letter to Eric Mr. Twarog: I own the property at 14 Smith Street. I am aghast at the plans for building a drive-thru Dunkin’ Donuts with an exit on Smith Street. I am the Academic Dean and College Counselor at The Academy at Charlemont, and I leave … 0

Tillberg/My Turn: Dollars replace voters

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I was greatly impressed by the article in Thursday’s Recorder about how Republican presidential candidates have so cleverly reduced the confusion and waste inherent in our present system of identifying and selecting … themselves. I am referring, of course, to the article “Presidential rivals battle to win over … 0

Letter: Pipeline must be stopped

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

After reading last week’s series on Kinder Morgan’s pipeline, I am more clear than ever that this project needs to be stopped. The additional gas is not necessary. Our energy needs can be met more efficiently by a combination of conservation and alternative energy sources. Our communities are … 0

Editorial: Firebird 5k: A community rising in response to addiction

Monday, June 22, 2015

There are lots of ways to fight addiction. Some relatively easy and some hard. It’s hardest for those whose brains have been hijacked by the chemical siren of heroin and prescription painkillers. The opioid scourge that has spread across the country in recent years has not spared Franklin … 0

Tillberg/My Turn: Dollars replace voters

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I was greatly impressed by the article in Thursday’s Recorder about how Republican presidential candidates have so cleverly reduced the confusion and waste inherent in our present system of identifying and selecting … themselves. I am referring, of course, to the article “Presidential rivals battle to win over … 0

Letter: Why outrage over pipeline if not for other fuel risks?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Why are the citizens of Northfield so up in arms over a pipeline compressor building, proposed to be constructed in their town? So much so, that The Recorder printed a front page article, top of the fold. Where are the protests when every week, tens if not hundreds, … 0