Opinion

Editorial: Baker jumps in on homelessness

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Give Gov. Charlie Baker credit for quickly wading into how the state handles homelessness. It’s an increasing problem here in Massachusetts for the families feeling the direct impact of their situation, and as Greenfield knows better than most towns, that effect extends to communities that find themselves as the new hometown for those now living in motels in what is supposed to be transitional housing. While the previous administration tried … 0

Culleny: Our exceptional mythology

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Our national mythology leads us to believe in our own goodness. We turn to its scriptures when our sense of righteousness needs stiffening. In them we find words like, “We hold these truths to be self-evident …” or “… endowed by our creator …” or “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: Committed to feeding our neighbors

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

At The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, our mission is to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger. Since 1982, we have been providing emergency food to tens of thousands of food-insecure individuals every year, through our member agencies (including local food pantries, meal sites and shelters) across Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. We are committed to … 0

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Wentworth/My Turn: The deteriorating Ukraine

Friday, February 20, 2015

Is Obama’s war in Ukraine going according to plan? Since Prime Minister Angela Merkel of Germany and President Francois Hollande of France flew into Moscow 10 days ago to huddle with President Vladimir Putin in his private office … 0

Editorial: Snowing down the economy

Friday, February 20, 2015

Even knowing that we live in New England — where snow is expected — this winter has proven to be a test of our Yankee fortitude. The cycle of snow storms and the amounts dumped on the region have all added up to a significant impact on everyday … 0

Nestel/My Turn: This pipeline’s a problem

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Kinder Morgan pipeline is an issue confronting communities across the state, whether or not the pipeline crosses our own backyards. According to the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, the proposed pipeline would run through at least 148 parcels permanently protected from development by Massachusetts Article 97. The … 0

Letter: Lift up for sea lampreys?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

There has been a suggestion that fish ladders could be placed on the Green River dams. The major problem is what species would use them. Based on Connecticut River counts, the sea lamprey would probably be the heaviest user. For those not familiar with the sea lamprey, they … 0

Letter: Column hits mark

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tim Blagg’s column, “Snipers now the target” was right on. Chris Kyle was a true American hero! He no doubt saved many American lives by his actions. It was very unfortunate he was killed by the veteran he was trying to help. The non-veteran critics should join the … 1

Letter: Help us to help you

Thursday, February 19, 2015

We would like to ask everyone who uses oil, propane or receives mail or newspaper delivery, to please keep a clear path to the receptacle. Our drivers are exhausted with this heavy snow. They are climbing over snow banks and through drifts of snow up to their waist. … 0

Letter: White guilt

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Regarding Ann Keough’s letter about all the “pain she is in” about so many unarmed black men being massacred by our police officers; I’d like to know what she would’ve suggested officer Darren Wilson, in Ferguson Mo., do when he was being physically attacked by a 300-pound “unarmed” … 1

Letter: Accident reports

Thursday, February 19, 2015

I continue to be deeply disappointed regarding the misleading headlines The Recorder use when reporting on automobile collisions. For example Monday, Feb. 16, “Poor roads cause 3-car crash on I-91” is, in fact, DOWNRIGHT FALSE! Even your own reporting notes that the state trooper said “the drivers were … 0

Letter: Embellishments

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What’s the big deal? Superstar Brian Williams embellished his story about taking fire and being hit in a chopper he was riding in. Lest we forget that Hillary Clinton made a similar statement when she said she took sniper fire while she visited Bosnia in 1996, as did … 0

Letter: Following biathlons

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Those of us who enjoy the combined sport of biathlon cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship have to wait for the Winter Olympics, a four-year cycle, to watch biathlon live on a prescribed television network. What makes biathlon so exciting to watch is the fact that the skier in … 0