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Editorial: Keeping us safe

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It’s a war, but there are no bugles, no banners, no medals for bravery. In countless hospitals and clinics around the world, doctors, nurses and their staffs are battling disease, struggling to bring decent health care to people who may lack even basic requirements for daily living. Malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, HIV, the list goes on and on. More than one billion people around the world lack access to … 0

Editorial: Keeping a crew close by

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the event making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re glad that as Western Massachusetts Electric Co. closes down its service center in Greenfield, it will be keeping six of its 20 employees close by. While the rest of the workforce will now be based out of its Hadley service center, four linemen, an … 0

Blagg: Before war was unleashed

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It was nearly 100 years ago next month that the opening salvos of the Great War thundered across the Belgian countryside — the Great Powers of the world were throwing their manpower and industrial might at each other in a titanic struggle that would change the world forever. What we now call the First World War would lead — directly and indirectly — … 0

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Letter: Kicking the dog

Friday, July 25, 2014

The letter from Mr. Ratte and Ms. Purdy July 17 expresses an old human illogical reaction. I’ll call it “Kick Their Dog.” Surely we all agree that peace and well-being is a good thing. When we think of what the factors are which express peace, food is right … 0

Letter: Offensive thinking

Friday, July 25, 2014

The good folks who are pitching a fit over the placement of “migrant minors” in our communities are no better than the “good folks” who declined to give refuge or sanctuary to the Jews and others who fled the Nazis. I am aware that this will deeply, deeply, … 0

Brown/My Turn: Fratricidal brothers

Friday, July 25, 2014

Back during the Clinton administration, political cartoonist Pat Oliphant had a perfect artistic device for illustrating the never-ending Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Two twin toddlers, one labeled “Israel,” the other “Palestine” charge into the Oval Office howling, “We need out … 0

Letter: Cooperation missing

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It’s nice when one crossed the street and motorists stopped for you. We can’t hear the cars now — they are really quiet. Of course, it helps the drivers if walkers use the crosswalks. In these white painted areas, pedestrians are more visible and vehicles should be expecting … 0

Letter: Iraq thoughts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Iraq: Round and round we go. Two reasons why an air campaign in Iraq would be a bad idea: First up is the fact that the ISIS movement is supplying humanitarian services to the disenfranchised Sunni population of Iraq. It would be impossible to carry out precision air … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Letter: A great festival

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This year’s Green River Festival was a huge success, selling out in advance with attendance of over 6,000 per day. All of us at Signature Sounds are so grateful for our supportive community and loyal festival-goers. This year was Signature’s first year producing the event and it was … 0

Letter: Stone throwing

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In answer to the Conway individual’s comments in Saturday’s (July 12) Readers Write column: Bill Clinton may have said that! Politicians say a lot of things they never do, but Bush and Cheney (i.e.: Haliburton) did it! Clinton didn’t introduce the “Yellow Cake” lie in Africa that outed … 0