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Editorial: Evil finds a new face

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Another extremist group has surfaced from the cauldron of the Middle East, a ruthless locust horde that leaves death and destruction in its wake. If Americans and other Westerners find the militants under the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq to be the latest personification of modern-day evil, they’re not wrong. Their blood lust, which has resulted in the executions of those getting in their way — soldiers, civilians and … 1

Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I have not jumped on the Stop-the-Pipeline bandwagon. Why? I am confident that there is a real and immediate need. All six New England governors declared a regional need. Locally, Berkshire Gas has testified that Franklin County has the most critical need. In addition to Berkshire Gas, 11 other gas companies have already subscribed to the pipeline, based on known need. Berkshire Gas … 5

Letter: Caught on camera

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This morning, I was surprised when my neighbor told me I was on the front page of today’s Recorder (Aug. 14). The image was a street shot of yesterday’s torrential-rain day with me as main accessory to the weather. I was pre-occupied with avoiding puddles, and did not know a newspaper photographer was shooting. Given warning I might have dressed for the occasion … 0

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Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

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Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

Letter: Stop fueling our crisis

Monday, August 25, 2014

Do we really want to pump as much natural gas as possible into the world’s economic engine so that we can race to the next crash? After hearing the company presentation at GCC, it is clear that the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline is a business venture … 0

Letter: Out of place

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Silver Street Misfits: 1. The new Greenfield High School. The height of the school is wrong for the area. The original high school had the height next to the park for a reason. 2. The Burma Shave advertisements. Poetry is great in the right place. RONALD S. SZULBOSKI … 0

Editorial: A new school year begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

Despite August’s last gasp of warm breath, people know that summer is on the wane. And if you need more proof, j ust ask the students. All across the county, school building doors are being flung open as … 0

Letter: Non-partisan? You’re kidding

Monday, August 25, 2014

Like many other readers, when I opened the mailbox this afternoon, I was greeted by a glossy color mailing from MassFiscal.org. For those unfamiliar with this organization, just flip to the back page, where they describe themselves as a “non-profit” “non-partisan” organization “committed to improving the quality of … 0

Letter: Let the story show

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Gee, what’s wrong with those people in Ferguson, Mo.? Can’t they just write letters to the editor and sign petitions? Editor Blagg asserts that the victim, Michael Brown, had a “sterling character” according to family and friends. I would like to know where he got that information; I … 0

Letter: Water for the world

Monday, August 25, 2014

In the next two months, Congress has the opportunity to improve the way it spends U.S. foreign aid on clean water, sanitation and hygiene programs so that countries with the least access become the priority. But the bipartisan bill that would do so is not yet a priority … 0

Letter: Our hyprocrisy

Monday, August 25, 2014

Gov. Patrick signed the “Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety” bill and then presumably enjoyed a “steak” or a “hamburger” for lunch. The only thing more staggering than the intellectual compartmentalization and moral hypocrisy represented here is the extent to which it is perfectly, pervasively “normal” in the lives … 0

Letter: Our ‘problem’

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wal-Mart, Walgreens have a certain ring to their names. Does Mr. Norman have fetish for companies whose names start with “Wal.” How come he didn’t mention Stop & Shop or Apple or any of the hundreds of companies. Boycott Walgreens. No, I think everyone should boycott Greenfield. Before … 0

Letter: Just a microcosm

Monday, August 25, 2014

Regarding the Market Basket press, doesn’t anybody get it, including our governor? ... Here is a locally owned chain of grocery stores run by Arthur T. DeMoulas, who provided above-average wages and truly much-lower grocery prices. The workers are doing more than screaming for their old boss. They … 0

Editorial: School cooperation kudos

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Competition between communities should never get in the way of sharing good ideas. We think this is particularly true when it comes to education. We’re glad to hear that Four … 0