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Editorial: Thanks, TSA

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Any American who flies regularly knows what a pain it is to take off their shoes and belts, open their bags, get rid of “sharps” and large liquid containers. Even water bottles, for heaven’s sakes! But... we also know that the Transportation Safety Administration — those TSA minions in blue uniforms — are trying to keep us safe. Nobody wants their aircraft to be attacked by some fanatic — so … 0

Letter: Why no rifle range?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Why no rifle range? I have very fond memories of Camp Apex and Paul Seamans. Although the camp offered many activities, the rifle range was my favorite. Frankly, I was surprised to read that it is no longer used. About eight years ago, I wrote a letter to Mr. Seamans. Here is a portion of the letter: “Almost every time I pick up … 0

Letter: My trip to Israel ... a vacation in a war zone!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I just returned from a trip to Israel where I inadvertently entered a war zone! My husband, son and I went there for my eldest son’s wedding as he had met an Israeli girl. Unfortunately, shortly before we were scheduled to go, three Israeli boys had been kidnapped and killed and things had heated up exponentially between Israelis and Palestinians. Immediately before our … 0

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So let me get this straight: we should subsidize, through our electricity bills, an overbuilt, unnecessary pipeline that is clearly intended for...(full comment)

Bates/My Turn: Do some energy math

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Bates/My Turn: Do some energy math

Letter: Remember these lines

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I applaud our governor, Deval Patrick, for choosing to offer temporary shelter to undocumented children from central America. Those who disagree, and all those Washington politicians who have been avoiding a review of our nation’s immigration policies, might want to recall Emma Lazarus’ poem on our Statue Of … 0

Editorial: GHS construction milestone

Friday, July 25, 2014

Thursday is set to become a milestone for Greenfield. It’s the day that the first phase of construction for the new high school will be over. On that day, the Dore and Whittier, the project’s architectural firm, will turn the new building over to the town. It has … 0

Letter: Consumer relief

Friday, July 25, 2014

Reference the article of July 15, 2014, Page C5 regarding “Citigroup to pay $7B in subprime mortgages probe” and the associated sidebar “Mass. gets $47M share of settlement.” How wonderful that Massachusetts was one of five states that entered into the agreement and will receive a direct cash … 1

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 … 2