Opinion

Editorial: 50,000 residents stuck in the middle

Friday, November 21, 2014

Massachusetts has seemingly been able to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to providing health care to its residents. Even with some of the issues associated with the federal Affordable Care Act, the pronouncements coming from Beacon Hill have been that the state continues to move in the right direction when it comes to coverage, innovation and controlling costs. That’s why we find the recent development affecting 50,000 … 0

Charney/My Turn: No walk on the wild side

Friday, November 21, 2014

On the coldest day of the year — the temperature gauge on the car reads 6 degrees — we bring home a cat. “Dune, “ as in sand dune, I suggest for a name. “Why Dune?” my husband asks. Dune, I explain, conjures up the cat’s buff coloring and his yellow-green eyes. “Doom,” our grandson announces instead, preferring the dramatic and savage, a … 0

Letter: My industrial nature

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hey Ms. Gouch, my five conservative children (real God-fearing Americans) live in the Houston area and I’d love to visit them or live there in my golden years, but finances prohibit it, Social Security being what it is. I’d love to see the oil fields with those awesomely behemoth rigs pumping away. I love mechanical things working away, it’s a guy thing. I’d … 0

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Editorial: Board flunks answer to holidays request

Editorial: Board flunks answer to holidays request

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It’s hard to believe that the Montgomery County, Md., school board couldn’t find a better way to deal with requests by its Muslim students to honor their religious holidays in the same way they do Christian and Jewish ones than to scrub all religious holidays from its vocabulary. … 1

den Ouden/My Turn: Destroyer of families

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ebola not only kills individuals, it destroys families. Heads of households and bread winners die and families are left destitute. At times, children are the only survivors and must fend for themselves in devastated communities. I confronted an … 0

Letter: Libs lose big

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

According to Cathy Gouch, “Our country will not begin to heal” as long as people like Ken Carville writes letters to the rditor. Hey Cathy, Ken isn’t the problem. It’s you libs who are the problem. In 2008, the Obama zombies chanted “Yes We Can” and elected a … 0

Letter: What are they hiding?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We, too, like your story (“Gas co.: Current customers covered”, Recorder, Nov. 12), would like Berkshire Gas and Kinder Morgan to produce the specific data on the capacity of their existing gas supply lines and the volume of gas they are committed to supply to their current customers. … 0

Editorial: Congressional appetite for leftovers

Monday, November 17, 2014

After a congressional election, the country always has to endure what is known as “the lame-duck session” — a term that recognizes that some of the lawmakers in the House and the Senate will be gone once the … 0

Shepard/My Turn: Unfair representation

Monday, November 17, 2014

I love to watch Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” on CNN. Typically his show is an education and features the culture, customs, social issues consciousness and, most of all, the food that originates from the places he visits. Not completely so in his Massachusetts show that aired on Nov. … 0

Letter: Wireless issues

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Nov. 12 article “WiredWest or wireless?” presents Warwick’s broadband network as an alternative to the high-speed optical fibre network that WiredWest has proposed. It is important to realize that Warwick’s solution is unique to Warwick. A wireless (radio) network depends upon a line-of-sight path between a user … 0

Letter: Where FERC stands

Monday, November 17, 2014

There is only one thing to know and remember about the pipeline atrocity at this juncture. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will not be accountable to the public interest or social or environmental well-being. FERC is in the pockets of industry and corporate power — i.e. The … 0

Letter: Sobering state

Monday, November 17, 2014

Holy Gas Pipeline Batman! Here’s a sobering statistic that should make any gas pipeline proponent shutter. For opponents, I suggest that this be forwarded to your respective political faction. By the way, pen my name in the opposition column. According to Popular Science Magazine, 800 is the number … 0

Editorial: Finding right course on sidewalks

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: As seen in Turners Falls recently, questions about using a downtown sidewalk as part of a retail space versus keeping it clear for pedestrians can be a contentious issue. Store … 0