Opinion

Editorial: Kennametal growth good news

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re always looking for good economic development news such as the kind recently issued by Kennametal in Greenfield. The manufacturer of cutting tools for all types of industries has already been expanding its workforce — some 70 jobs over a five-year period — and plans to renovate its North Street factory this … 0

Blagg: Making a safer world

Sunday, January 25, 2015

So what are we going to do? In the wake of the past few years’ continuing assaults by groups or individuals claiming to represent Islam — and the apparent ease with which they pick “soft targets” around the world — what steps can the rest of us take? How can we make our … 0

Letter: Reject this project

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Building the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) is a very bad idea. This pipeline would facilitate the extraction of tar sands oil, a low-quality product whose production causes even more pollution than conventional oil. According to the state department, KXL would increase climate pollution by 27.4 million metric tons of carbon per year. The pipeline itself would cut across the Midwest breadbasket and the … 0

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Blixt/My Turn: Leaving me with a smile

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I have no idea what Recorder sports columnist Chip Ainsworth is talking about most of the time. Whatever it is, however, it makes me smile. This is why, although I know nothing about sports, I eagerly follow as Chip leads me through the depravity of UMass hockey, the … 0

Letter: Addressing litter

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I am writing this to say “thank you” to Mr. Bryce Brownstein (Jan. 3 article in The Recorder) concerning the blight, safety and health issues of litter in our towns and communities. Littering is a huge problem we all face with no easy solution to prevent it. We … 0

Letter: Curbside compost

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Here’s a suggestion to Greenfield residents and the DPW about increasing townwide food waste composting (“Composting program slow to catch on” Jan 6): add food waste collection to the curbside pickup. Although technical difficulties surely abound, this is a doable project for a town (city) as green as … 0

Letter: Appreciate the coverage

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

We recently held our 33rd annual Solstice storytelling concert … a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Western Mass. and Partners in Health. This year we made $1,452 while creating a community here and farther afield. Local businesses supported our production needs through donations, hanging our posters, giving … 0

Editorial: CPR use hits close to home

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

We were reminded once again the other day of the thin line that can exist between life and death — even in ordinary circumstances. Lost in the terrible news from Paris and Nigeria was another, more prosaic but still striking example of how knowledge and skill and calm … 1

Hazard/My Turn: Green energy for Greenfield

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Thank you, Mayor William Martin, Carole Collins, director of Energy and Sustainability, and consultant Paul Gromer of Peregrine Energy — for making it possible for everyone in Greenfield to receive “green electricity” at a price lower than the going Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) price! I know that … 0

Zinan/My Turn: High anxiety

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Anxiety, biologists inform us, is the human evolutionary psyche on super alert to the physical dangers of the prehistoric world. Beware the leopard, tiger and shark. For millions of people, in our relatively physically safe environment, anxiety is the emotional predator. Let’s leap backward to the summer of … 0

Letter: A sad goodbye

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I was shocked and saddened to read that Steve Malsch and Fairview Gardens has closed. It is a loss to Northfield and the Pioneer Valley that a small-business owner has had to shut his doors. But that is another issue. I would like to spend the time thanking … 0

Letter: Fight for Net Neutrality

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

You’ve probably heard one time or another about “Net Neutrality” in the news. It’s been getting a lot of press. So, what is Net Neutrality? Net Neutrality is the collection of rules and regulations that are put in place to keep bytes of information running through any computer, … 0

Editorial: Sen. Rosenberg at the helm

Monday, January 12, 2015

Stan Rosenberg has long been a voice of advocacy — in the Legislature and in politics — for western Massachusetts. His election as Senate president doesn’t — nor should it — change that. That’s not to say there won’t be conflicting priorities as he assumes the leadership role … 0