Opinion

Editorial: Holder’s career a mixed bag

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

There are several attributes you want from the person filling the job of Attorney General of the United States: legal smarts, moral standing and, yes, an interest in serving those citizens without power. After six years in the Obama administration, Eric Holder proved to have all of those qualities. That’s not to say that Holder has been seen as handling the job well by those sitting on both sides of … 0

Culleny: Distracted by design

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Having grown up white in the fabulous, progressive bubble-America that followed World War II and began to shrink with the era of Ronald Reagan, it’s hard to adjust to the backwardness of our current domestic political scene. Yet that backwardness has always been there in the other world — the global world of … 0

Letter: Behind ‘combined sources’

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Perhaps I have been asleep at the wheel but I do not recall a byline named Combined Sources that appeared on page C1 top lead article. Were these off-the-record voices? The dominant party protests too much. MARGUERITE WILLIS Charlemont … 0

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Editorial: What’s the plan for western Mass.?

In the Arena: Deja vu

Thursday, September 18, 2014

History does seem to have a way of repeating itself in local politics. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Montague, where reality is starting to take hold regarding the future — or lack of same — of the Strathmore Paper Company complex. “If something doesn’t happen soon, … 1

Letter: Follow the money

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Shelburne Senior Center’s FY’15 budget is $208,417 plus money from senior memorial solicitations and, now, the new Senior Center Foundation fundraising group. With this kind of money, it seems like the Senior Center could rein in their spending and live within their generous $208,417 plus budget. So … 0

Letter: Walk carefully!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A brief message to all pedestrians, especially those crossing with youngsters: Please do not jump out into travel lanes from between parked vehicles and assume that drivers have seen you. Pickup trucks; SUVs, delivery vans, even parked cars often shield you from our view! Please: Stop, Look and … 0

Letter: Unjustified swipe

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chris Collins in his Sept.12 column mentions that Denise Andrews “was seen as having a part in” the “unfounded allegations that (Susannah Whipps) Lee may have been dealing drugs out of her Athol home.” Not as scurrilous as the first time Collins and others tried to smear Andrews, … 0

Letter: Birth control vs. CO2?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I have been giving a great deal of thought regarding the public concern about global warming, fuel costs, health care costs, escalating taxes and water. In my opinion the increase in our population has created a problem. Perhaps one possible solution to cutting governmental spending would be to … 0

Editorial: Downtown watch a good idea

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A vibrant and active downtown is a prominent feature in making Greenfield a desirable place to visit, shop, live. Therefore, just as so many residents are happy to call the place “home,” it comes with other responsibilities. One way to handle such a responsibility for our community is … 0

Bos/My Turn: Power of the ballot

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I received a goodly number of comments about my “Mayday” column in The Recorder (Aug. 19). In it, I offered the creation of the MaydayUS “super PAC” (https://mayday.us/) as one way to combat the anti-democratic assault on fair elections by the tidal tsunami of conservative cash unleashed by … 0

Cohn/My Turn: Supportive community

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Education and philanthropy are alive and well in Greenfield and Franklin County. Franklin County, being the most impoverished and rural county in the commonwealth, has much to be proud of. Our community has always given generously to endeavors that support our schools, fund education and help our neighbors … 0

Letter: Media driven?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The two recent beheadings of American independent journalists, as horrific and as disturbing as they were, shouldn’t constitute the basis for American foreign policy formulation. Killing and mass executions are nothing new in the Middle East and in parts of Africa, yet the recent saturation of media coverage … 1

Letter: Kindness called for

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Traveling twice daily over Nashs Mill Road in Greenfield through the one lane only section, I am reminded of Blache Dubois from “Streetcar Named Desire” when she said, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” As we navigate through the double stop signs, may kindness prevail. … 0