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Editorial: Get ready for the county fair

Monday, September 1, 2014

An early Labor Day and a late Thanksgiving, combined with a cooler-than-usual summer and it’s easy to get confused where we are with the calendar. Is it really summer? Some days it’s hard to tell. So mark your calendar for Thursday through Sunday. That way you won’t miss the Franklin County Fair. For fans of this long-standing tradition — this marks the 166th year — the fair is one of … 0

Letter: Pipeline plans

Monday, September 1, 2014

Kinder Morgan has a FERC petition now called “the Connecticut Expansion,” where they are seeking to bypass environmental impact processes at both the state and federal level to reconfigure their existing pipeline in Massachusetts! This pipeline exists in southern Massachusetts, but they are planning to divert that pipeline’s gas and suppliers to Connecticut, it seems, in order to build the case for the … 2

Letter: Putin’s thinking

Monday, September 1, 2014

I read a very interesting interpretation of the situation in the Ukraine one that if true could tragically affect all of Europe as it is drawn into a conflict of the U.S.’s making. According to Sergei Glaziev friend and close adviser of Putin’s, the way they are seeing it is that: The U.S. is trying to foment war in Europe and using the … 0

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Oh, and gas investment interests are completely exempt from superfund legislation, so Kinder Morgan was quite serious that accidents and spills create...(full comment)

Letter: Pipeline plans

Kinder Morgan was specifically named in Federal Court ruling, citing both the company and FERC for segmenting pipeline projects and stating that...(full comment)

Letter: Pipeline plans

Editorial: Clearing up bridge ownership

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: As the continuing story that is the Schell Memorial Bridge continues to be written, Northfield residents have to like the … 0

Blagg: Railroad town at heart

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wow! That’s what I thought when I read the story in The Recorder about Gov. Patrick chugging into town on a special train to announce that the state is spending a pretty good chunk of money — $17 million, he said — to get ready for Amtrak’s Vermonter. … 0

Letter: Healey right for AG

Sunday, August 31, 2014

When voters look at the candidates for attorney general, they see a politician running against an experienced litigator. While Warren Tolman is not a bad guy, he is running as an experienced state senator with no experience for the position he is seeking. His campaign message is basically … 0

Letter: Bolster these volunteers

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The New York Times, Sunday Review, Aug. 17, highlighted a national concern titled “The Disappearing Volunteer Firefighter.” There have been many articles written nationally about this problem. This article, to me, a retired volunteer firefighter of 55 years service, seems to be accurate, well written and researched. In … 0

Letter: Butynski’s corn the best

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I must take Chris Collins to task on his anointment to Golonka farm stand as the best corn in the valley. Year in and out that award would go to Butynski’s farm on Colrain Road. They are one of the only farm stands, if not the only one, … 0

Letter: We’re in trouble

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I know nothing about the stock market. I do know that millionaires in 1929 lost everything when the market crashed. I wonder today how the market continues to do well. This country’s financial status has never been worse. The national debt is speeding toward $20 trillion. Most of … 0

Editorial: Teens need more sleep

Friday, August 29, 2014

Teenagers like — and need — to sleep ... a lot. That’s not exactly earth-shattering news to parents who may have seen their child head off to bed at a seemingly reasonable time on a Friday only to see them emerge sometime Saturday afternoon. But what many adults … 0

Leach/My Turn: Energy emissions

Friday, August 29, 2014

Plans to expand the production of natural gas from shale formations in the United States and around the world may face an as-yet-unseen stumbling block. Atmospheric scientists are concerned that even small amounts of methane leakage from the production and use of natural gas could negate whatever environmental … 0

Letter: Talking about suicide

Friday, August 29, 2014

For me, its hard to believe that people can’t sit with the word “suicide” and I often find myself asking them why it is so hard? Usually I am met with resistance and anger or a befuddled look on their faces. After a few minuets of explaining why … 0

Letter: Loving our fellow man

Friday, August 29, 2014

I was encouraged to read a letter in the Aug. 20 paper, which involved a young man in our congregation at Moores Corner Church. He took time to do something nice for a child with a disability. Although he didn’t know the child or his family and may … 0