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Opinion

Editorial: Let the buyer beware

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Despite the centuries separating us from the days when Latin was not only the language of ancient Rome but provided a common means of communication around the known world, there are words and phrases that still hold value today. For example, caveat emptor — Latin for “let the buyer beware ” — is as true today as when savvy Romans checked to make sure a basket of wheat wasn’t loaded … 0

Bates/My Turn: Do some energy math

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let’s do the math concerning wind and solar energy as they relate to western Massachusetts. First, let me get this out of the way. If you are anti-CO2, anti-nuclear, anti-methane, then you must be for darkness. Because darkness is what will happen in this region if the residents continue to be anti-everything except … 0

Letter: Rosenberg’s fence sitting

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

His constituents don’t want it. His constituents will absolutely not benefit by it. The northern tier (read: rural, low income) towns don’t want it. The northern tier will not benefit by it. Ultimately, it will cost his constituents, and the towns he allegedly represents, time and money when they have to deal with failures and spills, which are inevitable. It is designed to … 0

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Blagg: Middle East missiles

Coli/My Turn: Hardly a compromise

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is a letter we sent to Rep. Kulik, and Sens. Downing and Dempsey in regard to a bill (H4185) pending in the Legislature. Gentlemen, My wife Norma and I would like to go on record concerning our disappointment with the recent release of H4185 (the so-called “compromise … 0

Letter: ‘Debt Jubilee’

Monday, July 21, 2014

Following the Lehman banking debacle of 2008, the government sponsored bailout of the banking sector to boost the economy created an illusion of recovery. New York banks benefited from the bailouts by using special privileges with the Federal Reserve to borrow cheaply to fund speculation using their easy … 0

Letter: Right on target

Monday, July 21, 2014

I was gratified to read Paul Seaman’s article in the Wednesday, July 16, Recorder, “Let’s bring riflery back to Apex.” I think the YMCA is missing a good bet if they don’t offer a shooting program to the area’s youngsters (it doesn’t seem like money, equipment and volunteers … 0

Editorial: Fix ordinance before making it law

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We don’t quite understand the thinking of some Greenfield town councilors when it comes to the proposed noise ordinance. While we can understand the desire to have such an ordinance … 0

Blagg: Middle East missiles

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The news from the Middle East just keeps getting worse and worse. Teenagers kidnapped and murdered, young children hit by artillery fire, thousands of rockets being fired at random into neighborhoods and now the Israeli army is making … 1

Letter: Help in making a difference

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This letter is to publicly thank several local people who have recently helped make a huge difference in the life of a child who is enrolled in our program here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County. “Little Sister” Abby and her “Big Sister” Melissa enjoy doing … 0

Letter: Agent Orange

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Thanks to Pat Hynes, director of Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, for her excellent article of July 8 about Agent Orange and America’s way of conducting the war in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Dow Chemical Company made a lot of money creating chemicals that are still poisoning … 1

Editorial: Our border problem

Friday, July 18, 2014

Americans, we have a problem. Thousands of children from south of our border are trying to enter the United States, some alone and some with adults, and our political gridlock is preventing the federal government from responding in … 0

Gran/My Turn: Climate change denial

Friday, July 18, 2014

Climate change denial represents the views of 3 percent of climate scientists, who deny Earth is warming and we are the cause through our fossil fuel emissions and deforestation. At the same time, such denial dismisses the views, and attempts to destroy the careers, of the 97 percent … 3

Letter: Connect the grid

Friday, July 18, 2014

Did you know that a portion of Massachusetts residents are being driven from their homes as the result of the Green Communities Act? Informed New England residents have an opportunity to prevent unprecedented damage to the earth. “Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid” is a definitive resource for … 0