Opinion

Editorial: Holder’s career a mixed bag

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

There are several attributes you want from the person filling the job of Attorney General of the United States: legal smarts, moral standing and, yes, an interest in serving those citizens without power. After six years in the Obama administration, Eric Holder proved to have all of those qualities. That’s not to say that Holder has been seen as handling the job well by those sitting on both sides of … 0

Culleny: Distracted by design

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Having grown up white in the fabulous, progressive bubble-America that followed World War II and began to shrink with the era of Ronald Reagan, it’s hard to adjust to the backwardness of our current domestic political scene. Yet that backwardness has always been there in the other world — the global world of … 0

Letter: Behind ‘combined sources’

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Perhaps I have been asleep at the wheel but I do not recall a byline named Combined Sources that appeared on page C1 top lead article. Were these off-the-record voices? The dominant party protests too much. MARGUERITE WILLIS Charlemont … 0

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Editorial: What’s the plan for western Mass.?

Letter: What Israel faces

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Even more terrifying than the 4,500 rockets that struck Israel this summer, was the massive propaganda war against Israel. The biased media portrayed Israel as the aggressor, bombarding us with pictures of devastation in Gaza but few of Hamas fighters. Civilian casualties in Gaza were a direct result … 0

Editorial: Fall fits perfect with New England

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

We don’t remember such an incredible stretch of weather as we’ve seen over the last week or so. Sunshine and warmth, with nary a cloud floating in the blue sky. You couldn’t ask for any better weather just as autumn begins to pull out its pallette before painting … 0

Brown/My Turn: True co-existence

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The tired phrase “Honor Diversity” is an old standby in the Pioneer Valley, often voiced by local folks who live in all-white enclaves. It translates as, “Don’t act like a jerk when you encounter people different than yourself.” It’s easy to follow as long as those people are … 0

Letter: Pollution limits

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Earth’s climate is getting warmer, and humans are responsible. That’s not my opinion, that’s a fact supported by more than 97 percent of climate scientists. The outcome over the next 50 years and beyond could include massive heat waves, prolonged drought, extreme weather and the mass extinction … 0

Letter: Supporting seniors

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lynne Kelsey is right. I did ask that $8,500 be transferred from the treasury of the Friends of West County Seniors to the Senior Center Foundation. Lynne failed to say where the money that I requested came from. Many of the funds were sent in response to letters … 0

Letter: Nosy neighbors

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

As I read The Recorder police logs, I’m totally convinced of one thing: We have a town full of Gladys Kravitzs. For those of you who don’t remember Gladys, Google will be beneficial here ... I’m sure I won’t be alone in my assessment. ED GREGORY Greenfield … 0

Editorial: What’s the plan for western Mass.?

Monday, September 29, 2014

We have a little more than a month to go until the state’s general election, and the candidates for governor are all busy campaigning, trying to round up enough support to carry them to victory in November. As they stump around the state, the public is likely to … 1

Wight/My Turn: We must act now on climate change

Monday, September 29, 2014

All Americans need to wake up now, make a small sacrifice to reduce their carbon footprint and put extreme pressure on Congress to pass a carbon tax on corporations only while simultaneously giving all corporations a tax break for using renewable energy to power their office buildings, factories … 0

Kelly and Fraser/My Turn: On the bus for change

Monday, September 29, 2014

We’d like to share a perspective on the Climate March from Franklin County. The experience we had in the bus provides a little window into what is happening all over the country. Robert Kennedy Jr. at the March reported that nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population attended … 0

Editorial: Charlemont window work

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The restoration of the stained glass windows at the Charlemont Federated Church is undoubtedly a source of pride for the congregation. The work brought back to life the Tiffany-style windows … 0