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Opinion: It wouldn’t hurt Obama to continue to push for gun reform

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — As we continue to mourn the latest mass murder and the president has expressed the anger and frustration that most of us feel, we all can just settle back to wait for the next atrocity and the resulting worthless, disingenuous rhetoric about changing the nation’s barbaric gun culture. Between now and … 0

In the Arena: Health board chair out

Friday, June 26, 2015

Greenfield’s new tobacco regulations go into effect next week, on the same day one of its chief architects leaves office. Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin has announced that he will not reappoint current Board of Health Chairwoman Janina Thayer to the board, despite 17 years of service. “I’m shocked and disappointed,” Thayer said. “I thought we did some good work, and had hoped to … 0

My Turn: Gran: Weather and climate

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A letter to The Recorder (May 18) Global Warming Crystal Ball expressed a common denier myth: “Meteorologists cannot even forecast the weather a month from now, yet these global warming alarmists can predict what the weather will be like in the coming decades. Amazing.” “This argument betrays a misunderstanding of the difference between weather, which is chaotic and unpredictable, and climate, which is … 0

Wilson/My Turn: Civil legal aid needs funding

Sunday, May 10, 2015

While it is generally understood that legal representation is guaranteed by the federal and Massachusetts constitutions in criminal cases that involve even the possibility of a jail sentence, no such right exists in most civil cases, even when a person’s home, physical safety, relationship to his or her … 0

Charney/My Turn: Siri joins the family

Friday, May 8, 2015

“Did Fidel Castro die?” my husband asked, apropos of a news report. “No he is still alive,” I replied, first with authority, then becoming more tentative. “I think he died,” my husband asserted, a wee bit more tentative as well. In the past, this wouldn’t have stopped us … 0

In the Arena: Montague heads to the finish line

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Who will be Montague’s next selectman is now in the hands of the voters. The final of three debates between selectmen’s candidates Mark Fairbrother, Rich Kuklewicz and Jacobo Roque was this week. I was privileged enough to moderate that debate and while there were some good moments and … 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