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Editorial: A tragedy that demands a response

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

We inhabit a world where all kinds of tragedies take place. Some of these events — derailed trains, bus crashes, fires — get little attention, save from those directly involved. Others catch the world’s attention and demand a collective response. The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over a part of eastern Ukraine, which killed all 298 passengers and crew members on board, would be both tragic and unusual … 0

Charney/My Turn: Brush with 'alligator teeth'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My message machine blinked its red light. It was the first thing I noticed. “Grandma are you OK?” was the message. “I’m worried about you.” I called back immediately, even before I dropped my bags and sat down. “I’m fine,” I told him. “I’m just fine.” “OK,” he said, with that sort of … 0

Letter: More to these tests

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I was encouraged by the Greenfield School Committee’s postponement of their decision about implementing PARCC tests next year. I was disappointed, however, with The Recorder’s coverage of this controversial issue, which contained misleading information. Many districts across the state and country are rejecting PARCC, an initiative that will nearly double the amount of time our children spend taking tests, one that many parents, … 0

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Wentworth/My Turn: Meddling in the Ukraine

Friday, July 11, 2014

“The U.S. mainstream media portrays the Ukraine crisis as a case of Russian ‘imperialism,’ but the reality is that Moscow has been reacting to aggressive moves by Washington to expand NATO to Russia’s border in violation of a … 0

Letter: Humane treatement

Friday, July 11, 2014

Imagine a dog locked in a cage so small that he or she can barely move, much less turn around — day after day, month after month. We would be shocked to see a dog or cat treated this way and the pet’s owner would probably be charged … 0

Letter: Starting with Clinton

Friday, July 11, 2014

President Bill Clinton, speaking to the American people in 1998, said, “I want to explain why I have decided, with the unanimous recommendation of my national security team, to use force in Iraq, why we have acted now and what we aim to accomplish. “So we will pursue … 0

Editorial: An uncertain transformation

Thursday, July 10, 2014

When the day comes that Entergy shuts down the Vermont Yankee reactor in Vernon, Vt., it will mean an end of producing energy by nuclear fission there. But at the same time, it could be the beginning of transformation that may be more complex and hold a larger … 1

In the Arena: Every vote counts

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Still think your vote doesn’t count, newshounds? Try telling that to parents of students in the Pioneer Regional School District, where the budget has been thrown into limbo by Tuesday’s 262-262 tie vote that effectively kills the budget-balancing Proposition 21/2 override needed to ratify the Pioneer spending plan … 0

Letter: Don’t buy in

Thursday, July 10, 2014

$2.75 billion in taxes for What? That’s the estimated amount of the tariff on our electric bills to pay for Kinder Morgan Corp. to pass a fracked gas pipeline through the hills of Franklin County to Eastern Mass. It doesn’t seem right. Especially since: Our towns are forced … 0

Letter: Public way off limits?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In Saturday’s paper your headline read “Pipeline protest walk begins Monday.” In the first paragraph the article there is mention about “opponents.” Perhaps someone can explain then on page two the stand-alone paragraph, “No photographs will be allowed during the sacred ceremony, according to organizers.” I do not … 0

Letter: Troubling headline

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I have been troubled by your front page headline of July 1: “Court: Corp. religion trumps health.” The petulant tone of this headline seemed to imply that corporations are entities somehow totally disconnected from their human executives. I suspect you would find this concept offensive if a greedy … 1

Editorial: Murderous acts spark latest violence

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

We are once again witnessing how quickly tensions and violence can escalate between Israel and the Palestinians. As usual, a flare-up begins with murderous acts and the desire for parties on both sides to use them as fuel … 0

Letter: Sustainability

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Chris Collins (“Not all say ‘nay’ to pipeline,” July 4) reveals that Greenfield’s mayor envisions possible economic benefits to Franklin County from Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline. Last year, FRCOG released a report that brings into question some underlying assumptions that may be at play here: “Sustainable Franklin County, … 0