Opinion

Editorial: Expand the bottle bill

Monday, October 20, 2014

For the past 32 years, Massachusetts has had a 5-cent deposit on soda and beer bottles and cans. Compare then to now and you would see a significant difference along our sidewalks, roads and public spaces — it’s a cleaner landscape that has many fewer discarded soda and beer cans. In the past three-plus decades, however, the single-serve beverage landscape has changed dramatically. Sports drinks, iced coffees and teas, vitamin … 0

Green/My Turn: So you’ll know the score

Monday, October 20, 2014

My name is Rick Green and I am the chairman of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, also known as MassFiscal or MFA. MassFiscal is a grassroots organization of over 350 Massachusetts businesspeople, including Democrats, Independents and Republicans. In early August, we began to educate voters by sending direct mail to over 20 legislative districts. The reaction of legislators to having their voting records made … 0

Letter: Autumn fun

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Hicks Family Farm corn maze is such a wonderful addition to the colorful autumn festivities in western Massachusetts. While strolling through the maze, one appreciates the endless entertainment that abounds for all ages as well as the educational and informative tidbits of trivia and very amusing jokes. I am sure that those who have experienced the maze recognize and value all the … 0

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Letter: Israeli land theft

Sunday, October 12, 2014

U.S. security is endangered by continued support for Israeli land theft. According to the Associated Press and other international news agencies, over 1,000 new illegal homes have been constructed on Palestinian land during the last few months. This has occurred with no objections from the U.S., yet the … 0

Letter: Save the world

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Global warming is getting really bad and I thought a way of making people aware could be sending a letter to our local newspaper. I don’t feel people understand how bad global warming is getting. Global warming has gotten to a point where, if temperatures go up 2 … 1

Letter: Seeing the beauty

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Railroad Salvage: In 1954-55, after graduation from GHS, I worked at this store, upstairs where men’s suits were being made. I was doing the shipping orders. Downstairs, on a very large machine, I was punching out time cards. My boss and owner, Mr. Bill Palestine, who was so … 0

Editorial: Paying for a new DPW head

Friday, October 10, 2014

Greenfield is going to have to hire another person to head the Department of Public Works. As reported in The Recorder, Arthur Baker, who has been the DPW director for just the last 19 months, has resigned with the intention of finding work in the private sector with … 0

Letter: Observing conflict

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sometimes worthy causes come into conflict. An example of that is the question of removing the Wiley-Russell dam on the Green River north of Meridian Street. On the one side we have historical preservation; on the other, restoring the Green River to its natural state. The preservationists argue … 0

Letter: Let’s pass ‘2’

Friday, October 10, 2014

At Mass Audubon’s Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, we clean up trash all year from the banks of the Mill River and out in the meadows. Ballot Question 2 will remove many littered bottles from our beautiful natural areas and get them into recycling facilities where they belong. The original … 1

Letter: Impressed with Korpita

Friday, October 10, 2014

Nov. 4 is a very important date for all registered voters to decide on various political positions that would best serve our communities. We have been lifelong residents of Deerfield and have engaged in several conversations with Dylan Korpita to learn about his views and plans for the … 0

Editorial: Let all gubernatorial candidates debate

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Getting straight talk about the gubernatorial race in Massachusetts can, at times, be difficult. Campaign ads are often a distraction from finding out where the candidates actually stand on the issues, and also provide little or no sense as to how these individuals respond to spontaneous moments, let … 0

In the Arena: The talk in Montague

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The First Amendment and the state Open Meeting Law weren’t on the agenda at this week’s Montague selectmen’s meeting, but they sure played a role in helping shape the conversation. The Montague board had scheduled what would have been its fourth executive session related to the sale of … 0

Letter: All about water

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Water is in danger all over the U.S. Drought conditions are intensifying and reservoirs are drying up in the west. In Texas, whole communities are without water. Only 2.5 percent of the world’s water is drinkable. Obscenely wealthy investment interests are gaining private control of water as a … 1