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Charney/My Turn: Sharing vacation time

Monday, June 1, 2015

School vacation is the clarion call for grandparents. We are on deck. We are called to duty. We are eager, ready to do our bit even if a bit anxious. What will we do with our beloved grandchildren for an entire day, maybe even several entire days? We know that a straight diet of LEGO, DVDs, jungle gyms and runaround the back yard … 0

Ahearn/My Turn: Our area’s life saver

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The early morning of Dec. 30, 2014, seemed like any other, well, except for the strange pressure in my upper chest. I popped a couple of Tums, to no avail and had the same result with a baby aspirin. We’ve all heard that a heart attack feels like someone standing on your chest and that is shockingly accurate. I immediately called my wife … 0

Thompson and Hutchins/My Turn: Biomass ordinance troubling

Friday, May 29, 2015

For several years, Greenfield has been wrestling with the question of biomass energy. A 2009 proposal by Madera Energy to build a biomass electricity plant was opposed by some residents and regional activists concerned with a slew of perceived threats. Plans for the facility were scrapped. In 2013, the Greenfield Town Council voted a 17-month moratorium on large-scale biomass facilities, during which time … 0

Hazard/My Turn: Environmentally irresponsible

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Christopher Ferrell’s comments on behalf of Berkshire Gas to Franklin County Chamber of Commerce members were not only disrespectful but inaccurate. Like many, it is precisely because I care deeply about the health and economic wellbeing of my community and our plant Earth that I oppose this Kinder … 0

Gran/My Turn: Face the facts of climate change

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A recent Recorder article (April 1) reports “… that officials in Florida and Wisconsin are censoring state workers’ ability to talk about, much less work on, climate change ... Florida Gov. Rick Scott became the leader of this potential trend last month when news emerged that he had … 0

Bourke/My Turn: Time now for safety building

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Saturday, May 9, the voters of Heath will have the opportunity at annual town meeting to vote for the construction of a new Public Safety Building. This building would house the fire, highway, police departments and emergency operations. The research for this building started three years ago after … 0

Kelly/My Turn: These lawmakers serve us well

Monday, May 4, 2015

I read Sherrill Hogan’s letter to the editor in The Recorder (April 21), and wanted to add to her remarks. We are graced with some of the best public officials I have ever had, and I want to thank them for their significant efforts, being willing to go … 3

Donelan/My Turn: Corrections officers leading the way

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Today, May 4, through Friday, May 8, is National Correctional Officers’ Week. This is a yearly opportunity, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, to recognize the hard work involved in the often difficult field of corrections. Each year, we have some events at the House of Correction … 0

Provost/My Turn: GCC’s tangible impact

Friday, May 1, 2015

I am a proud lifelong resident of Franklin County and a co-owner of Mowry & Schmidt, Inc., a family-run general contracting business in Greenfield that has employed and helped build the residences and businesses of our community for nearly 70 years. As owners, we run our business as … 0

In the Arena: School budget battles

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It’s looking like a tough year for school budgets. Then again, I can rarely recall a year when there wasn’t some sort of political battle related to educational funding. But this seems to be an especially difficult budget cycle in a number of communities, as the cost of … 0

Bordner/My Turn: Show up and vote at town meeting

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It is town meeting time again and the taxpayers of towns must struggle with the commitment of their time to go and vote their conscience. Truly boorish events, no one enjoys the wrangling and false agendas put forth at town meetings. Some are truly afraid to vote or … 0

Cardinal and Thurber/My Turn: Vote on whole budget, not parts

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

On Feb. 25, the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee voted to approve and submit to member towns a total operating budget of $18,364,099 for Fiscal Year 2016 (which begins on July 1, 2015). This represents an increase of $645,508, or 3.64 percent over the total budget approved for … 0

Sullivan and Ever/My Turn: Keep it legal and safe

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Parents play a major role in their child’s decision to drink or not drink alcohol. As we enter prom and graduation season, the Northwestern District Attorney’s office is partnering with local substance abuse prevention coalitions, like the Easthampton … 0