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Editorial: State ‘pause’ adds new twist to ‘final mile’ effort

Friday, February 12, 2016

The “final mile” push for broadband Internet in 32 unserved communities in western Massachusetts was never going to be quick and easy. The geographical and population issues that discouraged private cable companies from offering service present the same challenges to others who try, be they private, public or something in between. Those challenges may pale in comparison to what the … 0

Cohn/My Turn: Why our county’s great

Friday, February 12, 2016

Yes, Franklin County! We enjoy great education for our families, terrific recreation, and plenty of venues for music, theater, dining and friendship. When you live in a city there is so much to see and do but the personal relationships and sense of community may not be as wonderful as they are here in our beautiful and rural county. We are seeing signs … 0

Letter: No help with bank

Friday, February 12, 2016

I am compelled to keep the public informed about the subject of my letter, which I had in The Recorder, “Financial theft.” I am complaining about the Bank of America charging a $6 fee to cash a check, which was written on itself, when I do not have an account with them. I believe this $6 fee is illegal. I filed an email … 0

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A new Senior Center is a wonderful idea. So is a new library. And a new Police Station, Fire Station and Ambulance/Emergency...(full comment)

Letter: Make it multi-use

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Mark/My Turn: Pardon Leonard Peltier

Editorial: Mohawk’s dealing with 3 Cs

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A midterm report card of sorts for Mohawk Trail Regional School District came in recently that has residents talking about three Cs — as in China, Charter and Choice. Even if you’re grading on a curve, these marks are the kind that are troubling given their financial implications … 0

In the Arena: Rethinking a Senate run

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Don’t call him “Sen. Mark.” At least, not yet. After initially taking himself out of the running, 2nd Berkshire state Rep. Paul Mark now says he’s pondering a run for the state Senate seat being vacated by Ben Downing, after 4th Berkshire Rep. Smitty Pignatelli took himself out … 0

Letter: Medical emergency miracle

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Jan. 16 at 8:45 p.m., my wife of 48 years had a major stroke. Slurred speech, crooked smile, no left side movement, even vision problems — a classic stroke. The 911 operator was very helpful in giving directions and helping to encourage calm. The ambulance arrived while I … 0

Editorial: Markey, others connect the dots on pipeline plan

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

If the calls are growing for greater transparency — let’s make that honesty — regarding the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposal and who will benefit from an enlarged natural gas supply, it’s because more and more people are connecting the dots as the companies involved race to get … 2

Letter: Decision with health costs

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

On Feb. 1, a Mohawk school board subcommittee heard from a regulator, an engineer, a health agent, an environmental specialist and concerned citizens about relegating two almost-new high efficiency, low-emissions gas boilers at the high school to backup heaters for five wood-pellet boilers. Based on what I heard, … 0

Letter: Signaling intentions

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Many years ago, knights would defend their friends and oppose their enemies. When they met a friend with all their body armor in the middle centuries, they would raise their visor to see better and announce they were friends. This salute or signal continues today, by people looking … 0

Down To Earth: Life after plastic (bags)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A friend of mine recently forgot his reusable bags when he dropped in at Stop and Shop. To make matters worse, he’d also forgotten about Northampton’s new plastic bag ban, which started January 1st. Then the person in … 0

Editorial: Rattlesnakes have a place in Mass.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Since Colonial times, it’s been people versus timber rattlesnakes in Massachusetts. Today, as the state moves anew to preserve this endangered species in the face of public opposition, it’s science versus emotion. At a forum Feb. 23 in … 0

Brown/My Turn: Courting the U.S. electorate

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Say what you will about those placid Canadians, they’re a smart bunch when it comes to their national election cycle. It takes a mere two and half months. An independent, nonpartisan agency called “Elections Canada” sets the amount … 2

Letter: Make it multi-use

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

By all accounts, the current senior center is mostly unusable. A senior center is certainly a nice thing for a town to provide. BUT as was noted when the teen center was closed and the teen director fired, a teen center or senior center is NOT a mandated … 1