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Editorials

Editorial: Lots of questions with tires

Monday, September 22, 2014

The discovery of a blanket of tires along a river embankment off Colorado Avenue in Greenfield presents more questions than answers at this time. Some of those questions are part of the past and may not lend themselves easily to answers, but others are very much part of the present and should be addressed. Greenfield residents may never know how long ago these tires were deposited there. It appears that … 0

Editorial: Tracking down Dexter

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Dexter Marsh would be thrilled. The Greenfield handyman and laborer is now the object of a two-year project by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association to bring his amazing story to the public. Using a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, PVMA will … 0

Editorial: Bench idea terrific

Friday, September 19, 2014

We were delighted to read about a new plan to recycle metal tree grates from Greenfield’s downtown sidewalks and use them to build new, charming benches for Main and other town streets. It’s a great idea. As regular readers of The Recorder know, we have been in favor of adding more benches to Greenfield’s Main Street, rather than removing them, as some have … 0

Editorial: Kudos to Sen. Stan Rosenberg

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We applaud state Sen. Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, for his courage in refusing to jump on the current anti-pipeline bandwagon, as so many of his peers have done. Rosenberg has not … 1

Editorial: Casino catastrophe

Friday, August 1, 2014

Is anybody in the common-wealth paying attention to what’s going on down in Atlantic City, N.J.? Back in 1976, when the first casino was built in the famous boardwalk city, developers told officials that they’d hit solid gold. And at first, it seemed to be true. Tens of … 2

Editorial: Patriotic psychopaths?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The other day, President Obama delivered a stinging rebuke to the steadily increasing number of U.S. companies that are avoiding federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas in deals known as “inversions.” Without much hope of a response, he called on Congress to pass laws to curb … 1

Editorial: How best to kill someone

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The recent, prolonged execution of an Arizona death row inmate has raised, once again, the question of how best to kill a human being condemned by his or her state’s court system. First of all, let us reiterate our own position on the death penalty. We don’t believe, … 0

Editorial: Thanks, TSA

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Any American who flies regularly knows what a pain it is to take off their shoes and belts, open their bags, get rid of “sharps” and large liquid containers. Even water bottles, for heaven’s sakes! But... we also know that the Transportation Safety Administration — those TSA minions … 0

Editorial: Keeping us safe

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It’s a war, but there are no bugles, no banners, no medals for bravery. In countless hospitals and clinics around the world, doctors, nurses and their staffs are battling disease, struggling to bring decent health care to people who may lack even basic requirements for daily living. Malaria, … 0

Editorial: Keeping a crew close by

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the event making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re glad that as Western Massachusetts Electric Co. closes down its service center in Greenfield, it will be keeping six of its 20 employees close by. While the rest of … 0

Editorial: GHS construction milestone

Friday, July 25, 2014

Thursday is set to become a milestone for Greenfield. It’s the day that the first phase of construction for the new high school will be over. On that day, the Dore and Whittier, the project’s architectural firm, will turn the new building over to the town. It has … 0

Editorial: Debt dispute gets out of hand

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It was supposed to be a routine matter — a dispute over a repair bill that landed in small claims court. What was unexpected was that an individual in the case wound up being sentenced to 30 days in jail because he couldn’t pay $508 — an outcome … 0

Editorial: Let the buyer beware

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Despite the centuries separating us from the days when Latin was not only the language of ancient Rome but provided a common means of communication around the known world, there are words and phrases that still hold value today. For example, caveat emptor — Latin for “let the … 0