Opinion

Editorial: Senate holds AG nominee hostage

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Over the past couple of years, Americans have witnessed the U.S. House of Representatives being turned into something that often resembles a Saturday Night Live skit rather than a serious group of public officials trying to reach reasonable compromises. Recently, we’ve heard members make statements so full of errors and exaggerations as to be laughable. And now it seems that the other chamber of Congress, the even more important Senate, … 0

In the Arena: It gets hot in Montague

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I’ve experienced some tense moments covering local government, but few to rival what occurred at Monday’s Montague selectmen’s meeting. The topic was whether the board would sign a new contract with current cable access television provider, Montague Community Cable Incorporated, or issue a “request for proposals” for a new cable operator, which was the same method they used to edge the Shea board … 0

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 leads the Liberal Democratic party, or Lib-Dems. Somehow his 30-year marriage survived. In U.K. or … 0

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Conway lawyer to AG: Investigate electric cost hike

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Conway lawyer to AG: Investigate electric cost hike

Letter: Enlighten us

Monday, March 23, 2015

It is indeed ironic that Mr. Bates exhorts us to consider the source. When he next feels the urge to pen yet another demonstration of his innumeracy, he might instead tell us what, precisely, he is “skeptical” of. Does he or does he not “believe” that CO2 is … 0

Letter: Local urn option

Monday, March 23, 2015

We were pleased to see the recent front page article featuring lovely urns to hold cremains. When families can think about death, discuss options, and make choices and preparations, the whole process of grieving can be a natural part of this human life. The article certainly spoke to … 0

Letter: Service age continued

Monday, March 23, 2015

My recent “letter to the editor” has provoked comments from several people. They appear to like what I wrote but imply that there is no chance of an 82-year-old veteran returning to active duty. I am aware that the chance is remote. However, I seriously want to be … 0

Editorial: Find ways to help ease broadband financing

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: As the communities hear what’s involved in the “last mile” when it comes to bringing broadband Internet service, we think everyone realizes that the final hurdle is getting the towns … 0

Blagg: Wrapping up as Recorder Editor with goodbye

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Back in the fall of 1986, I was seven years in as Editor of The Central Maine Morning Sentinel in Waterville, Maine, and was pretty pleased with the result. The Sentinel had won just about every award possible — aside from a Pulitzer — and more importantly was … 0

Letter: Advocating for children

Sunday, March 22, 2015

I read the news daily, and when I read articles about children who’ve been abused by their parents, I do so with an overwhelming sense of helplessness. If these children’s parents are unable to take care of them, and if public agencies charged with protecting them are too … 0

Letter: ‘Good morning!’ Indeed!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

My Recorder subscription will come up for renewal in the next few months, and I have been pondering letting it lapse. I get most of my news online. Is it time to save paper, save a tree, and say goodbye to home delivery? Then Saturday rolled around. I … 0

Letter: Answers from the source

Sunday, March 22, 2015

If you “don’t get” any of the actions of the Board of the Shea Community Theater Inc., why not ask us instead of staying uninformed about the matter and casting wildly speculative and completely unfounded aspersions? DANIEL KASNITZ Board of Directors Shea Community Theater Inc. Turners Falls … 1

Editorial: ‘Predictable’ House budget proposal

Friday, March 20, 2015

“Predictable” is one word that seems appropriate in summing up the nation’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives’ budget proposal unveiled this week. It contains plenty of elements that strictly adhere to what the GOP has been pushing for since … 0

Bos/My Turn: The value of uncertainty

Friday, March 20, 2015

I have a friend in the men’s support group at Cancer Connection in Northampton who has been absent from our weekly meetings for a while. He recently rejoined us. I asked him to bring us all up to date with his cancer therapy treatments, which has primarily been … 0