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My Turn: Either respect U.S. immigration law or admit you don’t really care

06-19-2024 5:01 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

Earlier this month, the White House put out a “Fact Sheet” meant to explain President Biden’s latest immigration-related executive action, which orders American authorities to drastically limit many immigrants’ ability to make their case for asylum...


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John Guenther: Logic and facts are important

06-19-2024 4:57 PM

 A recent writer responded to a letter of mine [“Republican organizations breeding grounds for fascists? Recorder, June 5]. I would like to clear up a few things. Here is the definition of fascism: a political philosophy, movement, or regime that puts...


Pushback: A great way to aid elderly, disabled with their taxes

06-18-2024 8:04 PM

By AL NORMAN

On July 9, 1998, acting Gov. Paul Cellucci signed into law An Act Establishing A City Or Town Aid To The Elderly And Disabled Taxation Fund. The proposal reached Greenfield 26 years later.Chapter 166 of the Acts of 1998 added Section 3D to Chapter 60...


Don Ogden: Siting, permitting and the protection of forests

06-18-2024 8:01 PM

While reading the State House News Service article “Details emerge in massive climate bill” (Recorder, June 17) it became obvious to me there was way more said between-the-lines than in the actual text. It is understandable that politicians in Boston...


Wendy Robinson: Trump is the danger

06-18-2024 8:01 PM

I read the June 17 letter from Noel Gomez with disbelief. I respect Mr Gomez’s age, I’m 80 myself, and I understand the difficulty of sorting out fact from fiction in today’s fractured news (and “news”) environment. But please! The idea that Biden...


My Turn: Pet abandonment is a form of abuse

06-17-2024 6:02 PM

By SHIRLEY MAJEWSKI

 I live in South Deerfield near the grammar school, and this summer again we are having an influx of cats. My husband saw three 9-month-old kittens next door in a house that is going up for sale. Up 30 feet in a pine tree, two black-and-white kittens...


My Turn:

06-17-2024 6:02 PM

By JUDY WAGNER

 Like it or not, the transitions are upon us. The calendar doesn’t say “summer” yet, but we have already felt some summer heat. The luscious blooms of spring — trees, shrubs and early bulbs — have all passed by, petals falling like forgotten confetti...


Patricia Ramsey: What does a recession look like?

06-17-2024 6:01 PM

According to polls, the majority of Americans believe we are in a deep recession. Huh? What are they seeing?Do they personally know many people actively seeking employment and coming up empty? Do they see long lines at hiring events? Are they looking...


Edward Dowd: Land of Make-Believe

06-17-2024 6:01 PM

The simplest explanation is often the best as it relies on the least number of possible factors. For example, if you wake up in the morning and everything is wet outside it probably rained overnight. Your zinnias are more likely to have been eaten by...


Nancy Keefe: Support elderly and disabled tax fund

06-17-2024 6:01 PM

Almost daily in the Greenfield Recorder I read legal notices about homeowners who are losing their homes to foreclosures around the county. There are some tax title cases where towns take possession of a property for back taxes, while others are banks...


My Turn: Unraveling my white supremacist history

06-16-2024 8:19 PM

By JANINE ROBERTS

 There were rumors that my Roberts great-grandparents were enslavers in Culpeper County, Virginia. I began researching them before a 2023 southern road trip with a friend of 50 years, Delores Brown. Exploring Georgia, where she lived as a child with...


My Turn: ‘Bigger than Dobbs’: So many rights at risk

06-16-2024 8:12 PM

By LOUISE ANTONY and ANN FERGUSON

 June 24 will be the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s earthshaking decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which eliminated the constitutional right to abortion, established in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Reversing nearly...


Noel Gomez: Doesn’t feel safe with Biden

06-16-2024 8:09 PM

About four months ago, I submitted a letter stating that Donald Trump and Joe Biden are too old to be president and the cut-off age for president should be 70 years old. I noticed that Biden has something in his ear lately so he doesn’t forget what to...


Franktinus Stuitje: City needs a noise ordinance

06-16-2024 8:09 PM

It seems to me the city of Greenfield is a big enough town. We should have a noise ordinance. My neighbors have a dog that starts barking at 6:30 in the morning. Seems to me that’s not reasonable. I tried to talk to them about it and they told me that...


As I See It: Let’s celebrate these ‘true Americans’

06-14-2024 3:18 PM

By JON HUER

Whenever you are in the downtown area of Greenfield, it’s hard not to notice the usual downtown vagrants, mostly homeless and jobless. In our era of maximum consumption of comfort and pleasure, these people stand out conspicuously as the underclass of...


Connecting the Dots: Ruination of nature should bring corporate death penalty

06-14-2024 3:18 PM

By JOHN BOS

The enormity of the global climate crisis is contrasted with the actions of individuals trying to make a difference, echoing a David vs. Goliath narrative.We are living in screwed up, scary and overwhelming times. As Rebecca Solnit wrote in the...


Ahmad Esfahani: Slivers of humanity

06-14-2024 3:14 PM

Pay enough attention to our present run of widespread protests and you’ll hear a certain echo of rhetoric. Which type of rhetoric? The one which uses “comrade,” “solidarity,” and “reclaiming the the land,” or perhaps more simply put, the one whose...


My Turn: Authoritarian demagogues are not good for you

06-13-2024 7:23 PM

By DANIEL A. BROWN

 In the spring of 1945, as his “1,000-year” Reich was collapsing, Adolf Hitler issued a draconian order called the “Nero Decree.” In effect, it would utterly destroy Germany’s remaining infrastructures, cities, ports and transportation hubs. The...


Lew La Chance: Life is worth living

06-13-2024 7:22 PM

Many people like to watch the children run about and play without a care in the world. In the movie, “The Tea House of the August Moon,” a story of Okinawa, Post World War II, they sit quietly and contemplate the day, when the sun goes down.A man came...


Philip Brodeur: Blame on both sides

06-13-2024 7:22 PM

The recent column “Blame Hamas, not Jews, for Gaza War,” [Recorder, June 11] gave rise to thought. As a lifelong supporter of Israel and one who has always admired the Zionists who have gone before (Ben-Gurion, Dayan, Meir, etc.) I have to say that...


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