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Editorial: Navigating dangers, counting blessings

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dangers loom large in the world. This is true now in 2014 as it was in 1620 when this land was a new world being explored by newcomers from Europe. Yet despite those dangers, there are still people who have faith, courage and a desire to make the best of their lives. Those qualities serve them well today, as they … 0

Letter: Military insanity

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In his Nov. 17 column, Editor Blagg says “If the president doesn’t wise up and start taking advice from the men and women who have spent their lives finding ways to confront and kill the nation’s enemies ....” Hmmm. Last I heard, the voters hired the president not the military advisers. I agree with Editor Blagg that bombing from above, without ground support, … 0

Editorial: Graham’s blind to Benghazi facts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

If there’s anything that illustrates the current “take no prisoners” mood in the Congress, it’s Sen. Lindsey Graham’s reaction to a long-awaited report by the House Intelligence Committee on the attack on Sept. 11, 2012, on our diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. An attack there killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. … 0

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Letter: All options

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Town officials are trying very hard to provide our community with fair and accurate information and we feel your staff has done the town of Whately a disservice with the article about the vote on facilitation at last Wednesday’s special town meeting. The second headline reads “Will hold … 0

Letter: Steady influence

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Town Moderator Kirby “Lark” Thwing is to be congratulated for his efforts in transforming the second Hawley special town meeting into a model of decorum that may have effects that are more far-reaching than the results of any particular vote. I believe that both sides in the debate … 0

Letter: Inclusive fun

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fun should be inclusive. Not all high school students can expect to make the highly competitive sports programs schools offer, but should not be deprived of playing sports altogether and the good memories of being a part of something that team sports — whether it be organized or … 0

Letter: Pumpkinfest suit

Sunday, November 23, 2014

When I read “Pumpkinfest faces $1.2M smoke, noise lawsuit,” I assumed it was related to the Keene Pumpkin Festival as a result of the issues that unfortunately arose during their event this year. As I read on, I saw that it was in fact referring to the Franklin … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 1

Letter: Remembering the vets

Friday, November 21, 2014

This is a “thank you” to the following for the outstanding recognition of our veterans on their day. Individual thank you cards were sent to the Newton Street School, Applebee’s Restaurant, F. L. Roberts Golden Nozzle Car Wash and Service Stations, Clarkdale Apple Farm and Big Y. To … 0

Letter: Think bicycles

Friday, November 21, 2014

I was very touched by the ceremony celebrating the re-opening of the covered bridge on Eunice Williams Drive — a thoughtful honoring of great work in service to our community. But I was also struck that in The Recorder articles about this event, it was repeatedly stated that … 0

Editorial: Can’t succumb to Siren’s call

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It was another video-taped beheading carried out by the so-called Islamic State, this time of Peter Kassig, an American aid worker, and it again left the United States and much of the rest of the world horrified and … 0