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Editorial: Don’t shield domestic abusers

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Massachusetts’ new domestic violence law, considered sweeping in scope, should be a strong disincentive for such acts of abuse. But the law shouldn’t have the unintended consequence of providing abusers cover for their actions. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what is happening today, as police departments across the state are being forced to edit their daily logs to excise the identification of those charged with abuse and their victims from the record … 0

Wilson/My Turn: Our imprint on this mess

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

As the British demonstrated in the Battle of Britain in 1940 and Americans demonstrated after 9/11, people do not like being bombed. In January of 1991, we bombed Iraq for five weeks, destroying much of the infrastructure of their well-developed country. After the quick conquest of Iraq after the bombing, we imposed an … 0

Letter: Pipeline alternatives

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

We the people, citizens and voters, need to sign petitions telling the six governors of New England to reduce the cost of our electricity by using alternative power sources instead of the Kinder Morgan gas pipeline. How much power can we generate by placing solar units all along Interstate 91 and any other four-lane highways in New England? Also, the power companies have … 0

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Letter: Smarten up Mass.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Worcester is the site of National Grid’s “smart” electric meter pilot program. The $48 million Worcester pilot has not proven that smart meters are cost effective or safe, yet the Department of Public Utilities intends for Massachusetts residents to pay an estimated $7 billion for investor-owned utilities to … 0

Letter: Bird killers

Sunday, September 14, 2014

In a recent article about bird kills at a solar plant in California (Emerging solar plants scorch bird in mid-air, The Recorder, Aug. 19) an official stated that the death toll, estimated at 1,000 to 28,000 bird kills per year, was “alarming.” In a Science News article in … 0

Letter: Driver’s license returned

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Many thanks to the Good Samaritan who found my driver’s license in Highland Park and slipped it into my mail slot today. I actually expected that to happen (That’s what I would have done!), but it is always nice to see one’s more positive assumptions about human nature … 0

Letter: Thinking of others

Friday, September 12, 2014

The traffic system is set up for people to take turns. On the red light, some folks stop, so others with the green light can go. For successful use of the highways, each of us drivers should cooperate. Years ago, motorist “A” tried to make a turn and … 0

Editorial: Candidates, voters have work to do

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The state’s Democrats and Republicans have now settled their inter-party contests, setting the stage for the general election. Forget the anemic turnout Tuesday; that was no surprise. But what’s at stake now is the direction that Massachusetts residents want their representatives to take next year and the year … 0

In the Arena: A mess with diapers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Who knew raising awareness about donating disposable diapers to poor families would be such a controversial issue? Actually, it wasn’t — until Montague Selectman Mike Nelson spoke up against a proclamation declaring Sept. 8-14 “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in Montague. “While I respect and applaud you for your … 0

Letter: Hydrogen power

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nuclear power as it exists today, by means of fission, needs to be removed from the table of energy options, along with fracking. The proposed pipeline is a dinosaur which will be made useless by the new clean energy technologies such as the LENR process (Low Energy Nuclear … 0

Letter: Search for a dentist

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I’d like to know if there is a dentist in the Turners Falls, Greenfield area who really cares about people’s teeth more than the “almighty buck?” I realize the “supplies” for dental work are expensive. I also understand that the overhead cost are most likely pretty high. However, … 0

Editorial: History part of the vaccine picture

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

We are just a couple of days from saying goodbye to this year’s edition of the Franklin County Fair. By all accounts the thousands and thousands of men, women and children who entered the fairground gates had a terrific time. The fair is indeed where friends and family … 0

McIver/My Turn: Our health care direction

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In 2011, the governor’s office signed into law Sections 21-23 of Chapter 32B. These sections became known as the Municipal Health Reform Act. That same year, Mayor William Martin approached the Town Council and requested adoption of these sections in order to control rising health insurance costs. Town … 0