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Editorial: MBTA repairs issue for rest of state

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Western Massachusetts might normally pass over the travail of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. After all, the MBTA’s operations are Boston-centric, and the closest Franklin County residents get to actually using its service would be if someone used the Fitchburg station to catch a commuter train or drove to one of the outlying T stations. And while many of the region’s residents may never step on an MBTA commuter train … 0

Eiseman/My Turn: The pipeline PR pitch

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

If you watch television, you’ve probably noticed the ads trying to link support for renewable energy with support for new gas pipelines. Featuring bona fide New Englanders smiling in the wind and sunshine, these ads are from the Coalition to Lower Energy Costs, a group partially funded by Kinder Morgan and orchestrated by Tony Buxton, lobbyist and lawyer for Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas … 0

Letter: Corporate America

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I’m writing to you to discuss a topic that I feel is extremely important to our economy. The topic I would like to discuss is the role of large corporations in America. Large corporations, although they are making lots of money for themselves, in my opinion are hurting the economy. Many large corporations are very successful and are making big paychecks for those … 0

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Letter: Enjoying ‘Faith Matters’

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I have enjoyed the series, “Faith Matters.” What a better way for our local clergy to express their views than our local newspaper. In my own situation, Faith Matters was real when our minister, Julie, guided us through a very difficult time with love, kindness and faith. We, … 0

Letter: Hat misidentified

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Faith and Begorrah! The two duffers in vintage duds shown on the sports page of Thursday’s Recorder (Aug. 26) weren’t wearing tam o’shanters as the article stated. A real tam has a headband below wool segments with a pom-pom atop its center, as even Ringo knows (just Google … 0

Letter: Cartoon a new low

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Recorder has recently fed its readers a steady diet of cartoons that denigrate Republicans. The Aug. 21 Recorder published a cartoon that reached a new low. It equated Republicans, that would include me and some of my closest friends and neighbors, with slavers, murderers and ISIS. The … 0

Editorial: Adding to the Pioneer mix

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The possibility of adding high school students from New Hampshire to the mix at Pioneer Valley Regional School would indeed be a significant plus. The school and district would benefit both from an infusion of new students as well as a budgetary increase from tuition that would accompany … 0

Letter: Frontier early release

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I am responding to your editorial about the recent changes to school scheduling at Frontier Regional School in Union 38. This editorial was published on Aug. 17. As a student who is affected by this change, I have mixed feelings about it. While I am pleased to have … 0

Letter: Written reminders

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Upon further reflection, I’ve concluded that The Recorder should endeavor to print the letters of Messrs. Gomez, Grant, Kempf, et al, on the same day whenever feasible. It would provide a powerful object lesson to those readers still in occasional contact with reality that people such as this … 0

Letter: He can do more

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I read with interest the article “State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg calls on Berkshire Gas to lift moratorium.” While I am pleased that the senator has called for lifting the moratorium and for Berkshire Gas to examine alternatives if Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline does not … 0

Letter: Prison reform

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How is it that a country that makes up only 5 percent of the world’s population, can make up nearly 25 percent of the world’s prison population? The United States has approximately 2.3 million people incarcerated at this very moment. For the first time in years, President Obama … 0

Letter: Signs on the mind

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

or those of you that can remember the Five Man Electrical Band song “Signs” — “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?” Well, I can read the new state transit sign(s) but I’m … 0

Letter: Nature connection

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

We have distanced ourselves from nature so much that some people don’t realize how important connecting with nature is. This is why I treasure my experience at Outward Bound Hurricane Island so much. Located in Newry, Maine, Hurricane Island is where you go on an backpacking and canoeing … 0