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Letter: Divided Hawley

Friday, May 29, 2015

If anyone “missed the point” about Hawley’s recent town meeting, it was the author of letter written by Trina Sternstein (May 20). Having known Mrs. Sternstein since childhood, I was surprised she would pen such a hostile misrepresentation of reality. Contrary to the letter’s suggestion, there most likely was a majority of voters ready to back Article 54, to withdraw from WiredWest. Indeed, the town hall was so full that … 0

Letter: Rescuing Old Glory

Friday, May 29, 2015

On Tuesday, May 26, at about 1:30 p.m, I had stopped in Greenfield on my way home from Vermont. As I got back on I-91 south, I noticed a state police vehicle pulled to the right side of the highway with its lights going. Naturally I looked to see what was going on. I noticed a state trooper negotiating his way across the … 0

Letter: True man of faith

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The financially and physically disadvantaged of Franklin County lost a true advocate recently with the passing of Richard Bole. As well as serving on a number of community service boards, Dick was always out on the front lines trying to improve people’s lives. Whether it was manning a kettle for Salvation Army at Foster’s or raising money for kid’s backpacks and school supplies, … 0

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Letter: Global warming crystal ball

Monday, May 18, 2015

William Gran’s my turn “Face the facts of climate change” seems to come from a magical global warming crystal ball all of these global warming alarmists use. As far as they are concerned, it’s all doom and gloom in the future. Meteorologists cannot even forecast the weather a … 0

Letter: Sharing the road

Monday, May 18, 2015

Roads, with their bridges, drainage control (culverts), catch basins, manholes, fill, gravel, crushed stone, pavement, construction, etc., cost about a million dollars a mile, give or take. Some individuals think that this is their road! Did they pay the million dollars for one mile of road? We all … 0

Letter: Watch out for personal agendas

Monday, May 18, 2015

How unfortunate that some people have a personal agenda which seeks to stamp out WiredWest. These agendas include “look at me” and gaining customers for a business. To these ends, certain individuals have spread rumors and “misinformation” concerning WiredWest. The WiredWest plan will better serve the rural, sparsely … 0

Letter: Bigger than diapers

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I decided to donate to the diaper drive after reading your May 6 article and was shocked to discover how expensive such an essential item cost: $11.99 for 18 diapers, 67 cents each for a product that surely costs pennies to produce. Shame on corporations raking in huge … 0

Letter: My candidacy

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My name is Sarah Reynolds and I am running for Charlemont selectman on May 26 (voting is all day until 7 p.m. at Hawlemont school), I am doing so because I believe I can listen well to the town’s residents. I am a firm believer that an elected … 0

Letter: Ag Commission

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Greenfield Agricultural Commission is seeking new members who are interested in making sure that the prime farmland in town remains in production through owner use or lease. Many towns in Massachusetts have agricultural commissions, which help farmers looking for good land, increase or diversify their markets or … 0

Letter: Keep Risky’s dream alive

Friday, May 15, 2015

On May 1, a ceremony was held at the GCC Downtown Center to honor Ethel “Risky” Case. More than 50 people came to celebrate her achievements. But, I could not help but think of the Shakespeare line “the good is oft interred with their bones.” Friends came forward … 0

Letter: Dangerous mindset

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Christopher Farrell of Berkshire Gas said that people who opposed Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline engaged in “a little eco-terrorism” and “care only about imposing their personal philosophy and agenda. ... They sure don’t care about the local economy.” The Recorder editorial said this comment “lacked tact,” but it … 0

Letter: Conspicuous absence

Thursday, May 14, 2015

There have been several recent cases where a black person was killed by a police officer. These killings prompted outrage and, in some cases, resulted in riots. Well, such protests attract a few calibers of people. The first are the Gandhi types who express outrage and want changes. … 0

Letter: Greenfield economics

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Greenfield is a small rural community with a low median income level of $45,261 (in the lowest one-quarter of state incomes.) Wellesley is the highest at $139,784, Lawrence the lowest at $31,631. We are paying the third highest property tax rate in the state ($17.5 per $1,000). Even … 0