Opinion

Editorial: No reverse on casinos

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Casinos will never be the financial golden goose for Massachusetts that some supporters contend. No, allowing the state to become host to this expansion of legalized gambling is a much more complex proposition. From the health of the overall casino market across the country to Massachusetts’ stops and starts in creating the framework and requirements for the awarding of the licenses for the three resort casinos — and a slot … 0

In the Arena: Turned off by attack ads

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Not long after taking the oath of office, President John F. Kennedy, an avid consumer of daily newspapers, was asked if he still read as much as he used to, especially given the amount of criticism he received on a daily basis in certain publications. Kennedy reportedly replied, “I’m reading more and enjoying … 0

Letter: Energy leadership

Thursday, October 23, 2014

As Massachusetts shifts from fossil fuels like coal to low-carbon, community-owned energy, we need policymakers willing to embrace the nuanced and difficult challenge of transition. Thank you to Congressman Jim McGovern and state Rep. Denise Andrews for their tireless service on behalf of Massachusetts residents and in building a clean-energy economy. These leaders have championed energy efficiency and renewable energy while levying harsh … 0

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Letter: Climate legislation

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Many people who participated in the Climate March in New York City last month came back convinced that now is the time for our nation and the world to end the burning of fossil fuels. Yet the scope of the problem seems to defy solution. Citizens’ Climate Lobby … 0

Editorial: Warm the Children

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As Tom Bevacqua pointed out in his usual weekly column in Monday’s Recorder, we’re in a period of seasonal transition, one where we have to say goodbye to any lingering summer days and be prepared for what late fall tends to bring to us here in Franklin County. … 0

Andrews/My Turn: Making my record clear

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Another week, another misleading attack mailing is sent on behalf of the Republican Party. It appears that after the accuracy of claims presented in its first mailing was quickly discredited, MassFiscal.org is now back at it, with seemingly unlimited financial resources to spend on their partisan political agenda. … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: Powerful tool for food donations

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The United States Senate has the opportunity to provide a powerful boost to charitable organizations like The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts working to improve lives and strengthen communities here in western Massachusetts and across the country. In July 2014, the House of Representatives approved the America Gives … 0

Letter: Effective representation

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Once in a while, a politician comes along who brings distinction and honor to his profession. Steve Kulik is such a person. Steve and his wife moved from the Boston area to Worthington in 1976. They built a house here and raised two children. Steve served for 11 … 0

Letter: Move forward

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I had the opportunity to sit next to Denise Andrews at an event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Wheeler Memorial Library in Orange. As I talked with Denise, I found her very engaged and knowledgeable of the issues important to me like education, broadband, and our post … 0

Letter: A matter of choice

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Casinos have open doors. You can just walk in, but you don’t have to. If you are inside and you wish to leave, the door is right there as well. As the law now states, you are free to come and go. Certain people want to restrict our … 0

Editorial: Lamson and Goodnow's improving outlook

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Not too long ago, in fact just this past August, the news from Lamson & Goodnow Co. was pretty grim. The 177-year-old manufacturer had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, there had been employee layoffs and even with the company putting together a new business plan, its prospects … 0

Koehn and Friedman/My Turn: Support sick leave initiative

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Right now in Massachusetts, almost 1 million workers cannot take a single day of paid sick time to visit the doctor or take care of a sick child or themselves. In November, we can change this by voting “Yes” on Question 4, which would guarantee access to earned … 0

Abrahams/My Turn: Do your homework with prostate cancer screening

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In a recent opinion piece, state Rep. Steve Kulik and state Sen. Steve Brewer, both survivors of prostate cancer, issued a passionate and unqualified call for men to be screened for prostate cancer. The fact is, prostate cancer screening is not always a good idea, and the recommendations … 0