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The World Keeps Turning: Savoring the spirit of competition

03-01-2024 7:01 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

The familiar words bring vivid memories of the 1960s video clips that opened ABC’s “Wide World of Sports”: “The thrill of victory” (a victorious boxer carried overhead by a jubilant crowd) “and the agony of defeat” (a ski jumper stumbles before...


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Connecting the Dots: Are there any responsible western Massachusetts conservatives?

03-01-2024 5:01 PM

By JOHN BOS

What is a responsible conservative? Depending upon your interpretation of “responsible,” might that include maintaining a democratic form of government? I certainly hope so.Because the MAGA crowds are supporting the elimination of democracy, whether...


Roxann Wedegartner: Critical column flat wrong on the facts

03-01-2024 4:01 PM

The attorney, David Roulston, appears to have a problem with liability insurers. But we don’t know that until the last three paragraphs of his Feb. 29 My Turn, “Bias verdict should not have been surprise.” As for the eleven paragraphs that precede...


My Turn: Lebanon, Yemen — Forgotten people

02-29-2024 4:05 PM

By RICHARD FEIN

 This column is about the hardships facing people in Lebanon and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. I might have chosen any number of other countries to write about, so why these two? My concern is that the geopolitical issues relating to them are much...


Ruth Witty: Column left reader wondering

02-29-2024 4:04 PM

I have heard antisemites blame “the Jews” for many things, some might be world financial crises, 911, you name it. But blaming Jews for enabling the Holocaust is a new one I have never heard before reading Carl Doerner’s Feb. 22 column “The root...


Dotty Janke: How does Europe do it?

02-29-2024 4:04 PM

After reading the news article about the poor cellphone service in the The Weldon apartment building in Greenfield, my first response was what is Europe doing to get wireless and internet service in its ancient buildings? [“Connectivity woes bedevil...


Linda Guthri: We don’t need a Starbucks

02-29-2024 4:04 PM

While I know that Friendly’s isn’t the best restaurant around, I was disheartened to read that Starbucks will be taking its place in the fall. What we do need is another restaurant or diner, as Greenfield is sorely lacking in both. I wish that a diner...


John Babits: Catering costs too high

02-29-2024 4:04 PM

According to CBS News Boston, the state’s $10 million six-month-long emergency contractentitles migrants and the homeless to $64 per day worth of catering from an Italianpasta company: “In some cases, the hotels are collecting money from the state for...


Patricia Lussier: Fleitman, Stuart will ‘fight the woke agenda’

02-29-2024 4:04 PM

I am writing to voice my support of Jay Fleitman and Mary Lou Stuart for Republican State Committee. I know Jay and Mary Lou personally and can attest to their unfailing support of our traditional, conservative values and their commitment to honesty,...


Susan Malley: Elect Ryan and O'Sullivan for Republican State Committee

02-29-2024 4:04 PM

Please join me in voting for Chris Ryan and Sue O’Sullivan in the Massachusetts Republican primary on March 5. Massachusetts has been called a “uni-party” state because most elected Republicans are indistinguishable from Democrats. They are RINOs:...


Walt Gorman: Liberals always give liberals a pass

02-29-2024 4:04 PM

I have never read Voice Male magazine, and I have no plans to. Editor emeritus Rob Okun constantly denigrates white males, and I’m sick of it. I say, let’s build each other up, not tear each other down, but I realize that’s not a popular thing to say...


My Turn: Police bias verdict should not have been surprise

02-28-2024 9:10 PM

By DAVID ROULSTON

The truly frightening aspect of Greenfield and its former police chief Robert Haigh Jr. being found liable for discrimination against a black police officer is not the verdict but the apparent ignorance of the former mayor as well as the City Council...


Molly Merrett: Apologies for last week's council meeting interruption

02-28-2024 5:31 PM

Dear Devorah Rose, City Council, and Greenfield community: I would like to apologize and take accountability for my actions at the City Council meeting on Feb. 21. Interrupting my fellow Greenfield resident was an unacceptable breach of City Council...


Barbara Ann Carson: Greenfield council should stick to job, not resolutions

02-28-2024 5:31 PM

Regarding the Feb. 21 City Council meeting, the role of the council is to adopt a fiscal year budget, adopt or amend city ordinances and approve appropriations and funding requests. It is not in the business of making resolutions of national/global...


Rebekah Paxton: Keep Massachusetts tip credit intact

02-28-2024 5:31 PM

As a Massachusetts native, I’m embarrassed by the half-baked claims made in the recent column, “Subminimum wage is a legacy of slavery: time for one fair wage,” Recorder, Feb. 23]. Contrary to the columnist Carrie Baker’s flawed narrative, neither...


Evelyn Bogue: Unhappy sports surprise of the day

02-28-2024 5:31 PM

Franklin County Tech girls basketball team wins a state championship and their very dark photo is on page Page 2 of the Sports section. Why? On the bottom half of the front of the Sports section is a large article with an action picture of a team that...


John Frederick Blumenstiel: Yes, we do have a choice

02-28-2024 5:31 PM

Following are my thoughts regarding Dr. E. Martin Schotz’s recent column [“Rethinking U.S. interests on anniversary of war in Ukraine,” Recorder, Feb. 20]. We are told we must accept the choices provided by our tragically misguided political elites....


Maura Morrison: Eloquent commentary noted

02-28-2024 5:31 PM

It was heartening to see the number of people who attended the Feb. 24 City Council meeting to voice opinions on a number of issues during the public comment period, which lasted an hour. It was disheartening, however, to hear the outspoken backlash...


My Turn: I’ll leave making stray bat feel at home to others

02-27-2024 7:01 PM

By GENE STAMELL

No doubt, some of you Pioneer Valley folks will read this column and want it renamed “A Wimp’s Tale” or something to that effect. “Oh, the poor man! A bat is living in his house. Alert the Armed Forces, call out the SWAT team! How will he survive this...


My Turn: Message of hope needed to eclipse rancor

02-27-2024 5:20 PM

By JOHN PARADIS

Here’s a statistic that should get everyone’s attention: The number of suicides in our country reached record levels last year. Depression and anxiety rates are at new heights, too. A New York Times article noted that teenagers are more concerned...



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