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Opinion

Editorial: An end and beginning in Shelburne Falls

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The news that Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing has found a new place to set up shop isn’t exactly surprising given that the company has made its intentions known, particularly as it emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Still, learning that the factory would no longer be entrenched at its complex on Conway Street in Shelburne Falls brings to an end 178 years of a relationship with Shelburne Falls and, as … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: The state’s SNAP snafu

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Since last October, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has experienced an exceptionally sharp decline in the number of recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps. This sudden drop is due primarily to a “business process redesign” implemented by the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). Although this new system was designed to match caseworkers with clients more quickly and provide … 0

Letter: Illegal drivers

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Every time there are police log entries in The Recorder, there are many which pertain to “Hit and Run” accidents. One has to ask: “Why are there so many?” ANSWER: If a driver of a vehicle has an expired or no valid license and/or registration and/or no insurance ... Do you think he/she would remain at the scene? I think NOT! This begs … 0

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Letter: Abandoned by US

Bos/My Turn: The value of uncertainty

Friday, March 20, 2015

I have a friend in the men’s support group at Cancer Connection in Northampton who has been absent from our weekly meetings for a while. He recently rejoined us. I asked him to bring us all up to date with his cancer therapy treatments, which has primarily been … 0

Letter: Fire assistance

Friday, March 20, 2015

I am writing on behalf of the Deerfield Fire Department in thanks to the many local communities that assisted us in extinguishing the grain mill fire. We were challenged with cold weather, lack of water and limited access to the fire. Our surrounding towns as well as those … 0

Letter: Greater entitlement

Friday, March 20, 2015

A couple recent letters appeared concerning Elizabeth Warren and her desire to “redistribute wealth” in America. Yeah, she made about one-third of a million dollars a year teaching at Harvard, and I have seen it in print she taught one class. And yet, another writer indicates that’s OK, … 0

Letter: Pillow talk

Friday, March 20, 2015

I’m somewhat amazed the anyone living in the greater Greenfield area would drive to Holyoke in pursuit of a pillow — I assume that Chris Collins was writing tongue-in-cheek in his recent “In The Arena” column (March 6). Given the rather high per-mile cost of driving, that’s one … 0

Letter: Help with taxes

Friday, March 20, 2015

This past Monday, I started to do my own taxes (usually an easy task), when I discovered a small glitch, which required a 1040 booklet to figure out how to calculate paying a portion of my Social Security money. Since the library doesn’t get these booklets anymore, I … 0

Editorial: Potholes unfortunate part of seasonal transition

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Although spring officially arrives today, New Englanders know that it’s usually a transition time for their region. Too much snow and ice still remain, no matter how quickly they seem to be melting. Nor has the melting thrown … 0

In the Arena: Tobacco fight still smoldering

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Greenfield Board of Health may not have the last word when it comes to a series of proposed new tobacco regulations. The board last week voted to impose the regulations, which raises the minimum tobacco sales age from 18 to 21 while also banning the sale of … 0

Letter: Working our roads

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Regardless how long-lived and dreary this winter’s display of force, for Orange, one fact stands supreme: We and our roads were remarkably well served! I don’t remember a time — anywhere — in which winter passed, wherein NOTHING disparaging was bandied about concerning any local road crew. Yet … 0

Letter: Act of treason?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The 47 GOP senators who tried to undercut the Obama administration’s nuclear deal by issuing a warning letter to Iran may have committed an act of treason under the Logan Act — a federal law prohibiting unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. Passed in 1799 and last … 0

Letter: Support our YMCA

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wow, 20 years ago, my two children were enjoying school and rollerblading through their Recorder paper routes six mornings a week. I worked full time and sometimes two jobs. The hardest issue was care after school. I didn’t worry about them letting themselves in, but what they would … 0