As I See It: Of dogs and men

05-17-2024 2:24 PM


It is universally agreed that we as humans are better off than dogs in America, in intelligence, dignity, health, etc. Two crucial facts contradict this notion. So, let’s get to these facts:FACT ONE: New York’s rich hotel heiress Leona Hemsley,...

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Connecting the Dots: ‘They can say they don’t care, but they can’t say they didn’t know’

05-17-2024 2:22 PM


“Sometimes it is almost impossible not to feel hopeless and broken,” says climate scientist Ruth Cerezo-Mota. “After all the flooding, fires, and droughts of the last three years worldwide, all related to climate change, and after the fury of...

Karen Traub: What it means when you lose a public library

05-17-2024 2:19 PM

With no library, the town of Orange will lose state aid, reciprocity with other towns, access to grants, and property value. Defunding the library will not make up for the budget shortfall and will harm the town for years to come. When you lose a...

My Turn: Too often, what we got sold not what we got

05-16-2024 8:47 PM


Liberals are liberals until the bill is due or the policy they advocated for negatively affects them. Conservatives are conservative until they benefit from government or need the help of government.Maybe we should try to stop identifying and labeling...

Bill Knittle: Rowe Elementary is looking for people with a cool job

05-16-2024 8:44 PM

Rowe Elementary is hosting “That’s A Cool Job!” Day on Wednesday, June 5. It’s a day for anyone to share with the Rowe students what your job is, why you love it, and what makes it interesting. Learning about the wide array of jobs and careers right...

My Turn: Unwelcome gift in mailbox — A flag that won’t be flying

05-16-2024 8:39 PM


 On a recent morning, there was a LGBTQ+ flag in my mailbox, encased in plastic and accompanied by a lengthy note which was a computer printout. I was told that I was “gifted” with this flag, and was welcomed to display it outside my home. The note...

Michael DeChiara: Don't ‘Quabbin-ize’ us on clean energy

05-16-2024 8:38 PM

The Quabbin Reservoir is a powerful reminder of towns being steamrolled by state government to get its way. Almost 100 years after construction began, the same dynamic is at play again, this time motivated by a narrow interpretation on how to expedite...

Genevieve Harris-Fraser: Ground Zero for Palestinians

05-16-2024 8:38 PM

Ground Zero for PalestiniansThe Israeli slaughterhouse, GazaHeavy with 2,000 lbs bombs bucklesBends from the onslaught of hypocrisyBombast pledging concern for civiliansAs they shred the UN’s decreesOutlining humanitarian law, bulldozersScoop up...

My Turn: One way to save right whales

05-15-2024 5:17 PM


The North Atlantic right whale is one of the rarest whale species in the world. Will we drive them to extinction or save them?Those of us lucky enough to have taken a whale-watching trip in the Gulf of Maine may have glimpsed the majesty of humpback...

Dan Manka: A sign of character

05-15-2024 5:15 PM

As a speech teacher, I told my students about a boss who was hiring new employees. He deliberately left a book on the floor not far from the door and his desk. He waited to see who would stop to pick up the book. Then he planned to hire that...

Celia Lang: Senior Center proudly promotes all elder programs

05-15-2024 5:15 PM

A big thank you to the Senior Center Board of Oversight for opting not to renew the center’s lease at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church.Yes, it is a legal issue. And, LGBTQIA+ seniors who attend the Rainbow Elders Zoom programming, the monthly...

Pushback: Solomon to split marijuana baby

05-15-2024 10:41 AM


A public drama was performed on April 11 in Greenfield City Hall. The script ran for 90 minutes without intermission.Act I: A marijuana cultivator,15 Arch Street, LLC, asks for a “change of use” to add marijuana product manufacturing to their special...

My Turn: Towns could abolish elections and embrace real democracy: Sortition

05-14-2024 5:02 PM


It ought to be universally understood that our American perversion of democracy completely ignores the needs of most people and caters with slavish and subservient enthusiasm to the demands of corporate lobbyists. We are on a treadmill of meaningless...

Andrea Davulis: The northern spotlights

05-14-2024 5:01 PM

On Saturday, May 11, my husband and I (we live in Worcester) drove to the North Quabbin region in hopes of finding an open, dark area where we could hopefully see the northern lights. We were wandering around New Salem looking for the lake, which we...

Crystal Smith: Disappointed with the town of Heath

05-14-2024 5:01 PM

I am writing to express my disappointment with the town of Heath regarding the recent election of a new Selectboard member. We had a chance to bring in a native, Mike Smith, who not only has broad, extensive experience in town politics, but also the...

Michele Craig: Deerfield church should follow pope’s lead

05-14-2024 5:01 PM

I’m writing in response to the article “Senior Center opts not to renew lease with church,” [Recorder, May 8]. The Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in South Deerfield requested that the Senior Center avoid advertising it’s Rainbow Elders luncheon...

My Turn: Laurels and the laureate

05-13-2024 6:25 PM


This column is about my daughter Jo, her daughters Kobin and Ramona, a horse named Lady and U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón. And it also isn’t.Kobin is 5, almost 6. Ramona is 3, close to 4. Jo, the girls and their dad, Jo’s husband Dean, live in...

My Turn: Choosing wisely for ourselves, next generation

05-13-2024 6:25 PM


 In the larger picture, we’re not that much different from the rest of the animal kingdom, except that we can build within or outside the laws of nature.Follow what are observable truths or jump down rabbit holes, jump off cliffs, ignore the weather,...

Bruce Kahn: Principle vs. pragmatism

05-13-2024 6:22 PM

President Joe Biden is already facing a tough re-election, even before Gaza. Now he's in a no-win situation. Supporting Israel has already cost him votes. He said if Netanyahu attacks Rafah, which has now happened, he would suspend offensive aid. If...

Karl Meyer: A fool’s errand

05-13-2024 6:22 PM

I’ve literally written millions of words trying to uplift a broken river’s voice. Overall, it’s been a fool’s errand, but I intend to see it into the future rather than leave any of it unsaid. However, no words I’ve written have been as good, concise...

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