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Opinion

Editorial: Bench idea terrific

Friday, September 19, 2014

We were delighted to read about a new plan to recycle metal tree grates from Greenfield’s downtown sidewalks and use them to build new, charming benches for Main and other town streets. It’s a great idea. As regular readers of The Recorder know, we have been in favor of adding more benches to Greenfield’s Main Street, rather than removing them, as some have argued in the past. This will add … 0

Editorial: New pipeline plan

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The mobilization of western and central Massachusetts residents in opposition to the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline plans has raised a number of valid questions. These have included the source of such gas (fracking, which raises a whole separate issue regarding the environmental impacts of this method of extracting) and whether this gas will be used to help meet the region’s energy needs or … 0

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, we’re going to have to take the whole mill down,” Selectman Mark Fairbrother said recently. … 1

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In the Arena: Deja vu

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Letter: Food for thought

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I am a senior at Four Rivers Public Charter School in Greenfield and have enjoyed my last five years of learning and growth in such an engaging and open environment. Its been an experienced unrivaled in importance in my life but it has not come without some difficulty … 0

Editorial: Pardoning Nixon: a 40-year view

Monday, September 8, 2014

On Monday, 40 years ago, U.S. President Gerald R. Ford did what many Americans at the time thought was out of line: He pardoned his predecessor, Richard M. Nixon. At the time, Ford’s decision, coming just a month after Nixon had resigned in disgrace following the unfolding of … 0

Culleny: Justice only for some

Monday, September 8, 2014

There’s are good and prudent reasons not to have armies policing citizens; they have to do with issues of function and mental attitude. A police force is established to protect citizens against lawbreakers, armies are created to fight … 0

Letter: Home energy savings

Monday, September 8, 2014

You can counter the proposed gas pipeline by reducing your home energy consumption. Heating accounts for over 60 percent of U.S. residential natural gas consumption; appliances, electronics and lighting use 35 percent of home energy. The more our collective energy consumption goes down, the less likely the need … 0

Letter: This is teaching?

Monday, September 8, 2014

My father was a pretty good teacher in his day and when I heard him roll once in his grave, I thought it best that I put in two cents worth on his behalf. He taught at a time when teachers didn’t make damn fools of themselves to … 0

Editorial: Rezoning Lunt a good idea

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Rezoning the former Lunt Silversmith property, as suggested by Greenfield Mayor William Martin, makes sense. The mayor is planning to ask the Town Council to change the property from “general … 0

Blagg:McKinley's assassination shocks the nation

Sunday, September 7, 2014

One hundred and thirteen years ago, on Sept. 6, 1901, at about 4 in the afternoon, President William McKinley was shot at point-blank range by an anarchist, Leon Czolgosz. McKinley was shaking hands at a reception at the … 0

Letter: Missing from art scene

Sunday, September 7, 2014

I wasn’t amazed to read online that both the Arts Block and the Pushkin Gallery were closing. I felt more sad about the first, having enjoyed some great music there over the past few years. I was less surprised about the closing of the gallery spaces. As a … 0

Letter: ‘Brookie’ location

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Brookie sculpture pictured on Page A2 of The Recorder’s Sept. 2 issue is a great way to add to downtown’s attractions. Any information about why it’s there should point residents and visitors to the Green River and The Museum of Our Industrial Heritage at the other end … 0

Editorial: An educational effort turns 30

Friday, September 5, 2014

Our state’s constitution is a fascinating document that more of the commonwealth’s citizens should probably get to know. For one thing, at John Adams’ insistence, it applied the label “commonwealth” to Massachusetts. Beyond the fact that it is the oldest functioning written constitution in continuous effect in the … 0