Opinion

Editorial: Keep Yankee’s emergency plan in place

Monday, April 20, 2015

The following message is to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Entergy: safety trumps shortcuts. This should have long been understood about operating a nuclear power plant, including every step of the decommissioning process. A number of Franklin County towns and neighboring communities in New Hampshire and Vermont have expressed concern and dismay over Entergy’s request to curtail requirements that are part of the 10-mile emergency planning zone for Vermont Yankee. … 0

Myer/My Turn: hardly a model river

Monday, April 20, 2015

A lifeless, three-foot long Connecticut River shortnose sturgeon sits on display at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls. The shortnose has been this river’s only federally-endangered fish since 1967. That plastic sturgeon has sat amidst other replica fish for a dozen years now—a plastic American shad, a blueback herring, a trophy-size Atlantic salmon. They’re framed beneath a slightly-ruffled acrylic surface representing … 0

Letter: Not the only option

Monday, April 20, 2015

It’s disturbing when people are so determined to get their way that they flagrantly disregard reality. In my opinion, WiredWest and/or its supporters have repeatedly done this. Recent pro-WiredWest mailings and editorials have conjured unsubstantiated hysteria to get people on board. One dubious claim is that “we need fiber because there are, or shortly will be, no other options and without WiredWest, we … 0

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Letter: Northfield’s message

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Life & Times: Walking the Quabbin

Letter: Costly housing

Friday, April 10, 2015

While reading your article of the Leyden Woods makeover from afar here in the Midwest, I did a little math using the provided numbers. It seems that the new units will average $300,000 to $350,000 each, given the $60M to $70M estimates for the project. That kind of … 0

Letter: Basement use?

Friday, April 10, 2015

As stated in The Recorder, the Greenfield Room in the Greenfield Library is being dismantled and converted into offices including interlibrary loan, which moves up from a very large basement room. The question now is what will now go into that vacated basement room? ANN MYLES Greenfield … 0

Editorial: Ending ‘rape culture’ on campus

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The news that Rolling Stone magazine had retracted its article about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity prompted some skeptics to assert that we’ve all been fooled again. “Americans have been living through an enormously sensationalized college rape hoax,” Tennessee law professor Glenn Harlan … 0

In the Arena: Pay raise for mayor?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Don’t look now, but Greenfield’s mayor may be about to get a big raise. The Greenfield Town Council is considering a proposal to increase Mayor Bill Martin’s annual salary from $70,000 to $85,000, the push for which is coming from At-Large Councilor Patrick Devlin, who says he believes … 0

Letter: Exploring our universe

Thursday, April 9, 2015

I would like to thank Mary Link, co-creator and coordinator of the Greenfield High School Lunch Lecture Series for students. I had the opportunity to speak at one earlier last month and was totally impressed by their state-of-art lecture room, the numbers of students that showed up and … 0

Letter: Don’t miss it

Thursday, April 9, 2015

“The Iliad,” some 3,000 years old, tells the story of how the Greeks besieged the city of Troy. The heroes fight with spears and swords, while the gods back their personal favorites. Jonathan Shay (March 28) recognized in “The Iliad” descriptions of “moral injuries,” which mirror those seen … 0

Letter: Juanita Nelson

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thank you Richie Davis and The Recorder for your special feature on Juanita Nelson. She will be greatly missed by the community. I had the great honor of working with her and Traprock in peace work. MURIEL “BOOTS” WALKER Montague Center … 0

Letter: Will their story be told?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

They take down the convent and tell of the school, students and teachers. Will they tell about the nuns ... how they lived, what order they belonged to, what it was like for them to teach and live when they take down the (Holy Trinity) school? LARRY JUBB … 0

Editorial: Tight library lends itself to tough choices

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Greenfield Public Library’s staff is in a tight spot, quite literally. Housed in an antique house designed by colonial America’s first architect, Asher Benjamin, the library has about 11,000 square feet of floor space for a community that 21st-century standards suggest requires nearly three times the space. In … 0

Iranian talks offer hope, critics don’t

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

It may be the most important news story of the decade: The United States, in concert with five other world powers, has negotiated a preliminary agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear program. Before we consider this, we … 0