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Opinion

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 may not know is that just how big a public health issue teens and their sleep actually is. Sleep-deprived teens may conjure … 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 gains have been made in reducing America’s carbon footprint from the much-publicized switch from coal … 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 I like to ask this question to as many people as possible, we get into … 0

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On June 24th, at the FRCog meeting, Curtis Cole, Kinder Morgan Commercial Director, for the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline, spoke about our...(full comment)

Conway residents take aim at safety, contents of pipeline

There isn't one single time when Kinder Morgan has acknowledged harm, even when folks have died: they likely spend more on lawyers,...(full comment)

Conway residents take aim at safety, contents of pipeline

Letter: State treasurer

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tom Conroy, candidate for state treasurer, will have my vote in the Democratic primary on Sept. 9. My decision is based on the bold actions he has taken to advocate for a flexible and progressive carbon tax in order to reverse climate change, reduce pollution and foster more … 0

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, … 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 … 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 … 0

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