Opinion

Editorial: State should be protecting ratepayers

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ purpose is clear: “The mission of the Department is to ensure that utility consumers are provided with the most reliable service at the lowest possible cost; to protect the public safety from transportation and gas pipeline related accidents; to oversee the energy facilities siting process; and to ensure that residential ratepayers’ rights are protected.” That all pretty much means that the department is there … 0

Bedaw/My Turn: Economic impact takes flight from Orange Airport

Monday, March 30, 2015

In a report released last month by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Orange Municipal Airport was credited with a $13.9 million annual economic impact on western Massachusetts. The MassDOT 2014 Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study summarizes the significant economic benefit that Massachusetts derives from its 39 public-use airports. Input for this study came from numerous data gathering efforts for each airport in … 0

Letter: Story of a poet

Monday, March 30, 2015

Thank you for the inspiring story of Sequoia LeBreux winning the statewide poetry prize (March 18). Congratulations to Sequoia for her stunning achievement and many thanks to her for setting such a fine example of the benefits of creativity and hard work. In an age when many young people are challenged by the lure of short-term pleasures, we all have a lot to … 0

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Cahillane/My Turn: Caught with their pants down

Thursday, March 26, 2015

“PADDY PANTSDOWN!” Is one of my all-time favorite tabloid headlines. It ran in the Sun newspaper when a member of Parliament, Paddy Ashdown, admitted a five-year affair with his secretary. He was afterward knighted then named to the House of Lords as Baron Ashdown of Norton Sub-Hamdon. Ashdown … 0

Editorial: Conway neighbors show the way

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Right neighborly. That may seem some sort of quaint phrase to someone coming to western Massachusetts from outside the region — from the eastern part of the state or even one of the more urban areas south of here. But when you call one of the 26 communities … 0

Wyatt/My Turn: In Warwick, we’ve got answers on broadband project

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I am writing in reply to “Costly cable venture,” the March 20 letter to the editor regarding the Fiber-To-The-Home project that will be coming before the Warwick annual Town Meeting this May. The Warwick Broadband Committee has been meeting regularly and is working hard to answer all the … 0

Letter: Corporate bullying

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Recently, there were these two articles: “Pipeline pledge Deerfield vows legal action against state if survey permission granted” by Tom Relihan and “Gas pipeline foes parse draft impact report” by Richie Davis. These articles underscore the lack of transparency by both FERC and TGP concerning the potential invasion … 0

Letter: Staying informed

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Thanks much to The Recorder for reminding me that Sunshine Week has arrived. I am usually aware this First Amendment celebration is in the offing to remind and re-educate all of us about how critical it is that we have access to information about our government. Without independently … 0

Editorial: More openness, not less, should be the rule

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

State officials heard Saturday from those involved with local government who take issue with the current version of the Open Meeting Law. If you listened to the complaints, the law’s faults are many ... from complicated to petty or overly restrictive to impeding progress, and it was clear … 0

Culleny: Holy high rollers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Although Americans have a prevalent national faith, Christianity, we have another faith at least equally as fervent: Capitalism. In America, both are mythic and fundamental, which means they’re bound to our psyches like barnacles and cannot easily be … 0

Letter: YMCA a constant

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Aside from a few years where my job took me elsewhere, I’ve lived in Greenfield my whole life. I’ve noticed Greenfield go through many changes over the years from downtown to government, from schools to employers, from good to not so good and back to good again. But … 0

Letter: The toothless NRC

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I attended the NRC Vermont Yankee Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report Public Meeting on Feb. 19 in Brattleboro. What I saw and heard there was quite disturbing. As in most other industries, this regulatory agency seems to have been disemboweled by collusion between the industry, our elected officials and … 2

Editorial: Sensible plan with early release

Monday, March 23, 2015

Generally speaking, plenty gets packed into a school day. For teachers that often means more than just what’s taking place in the classroom. Their day, at times, can include personnel development, including meetings and training. That can turn into quite a scheduling act, sometimes making it necessary to … 0