Opinion

Editorial: Markey, others connect the dots on pipeline plan

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

If the calls are growing for greater transparency — let’s make that honesty — regarding the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposal and who will benefit from an enlarged natural gas supply, it’s because more and more people are connecting the dots as the companies involved race to get permits and permissions. This time it was U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, Massachusetts’ junior senator, who is the latest to call into question … 2

Letter: Decision with health costs

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

On Feb. 1, a Mohawk school board subcommittee heard from a regulator, an engineer, a health agent, an environmental specialist and concerned citizens about relegating two almost-new high efficiency, low-emissions gas boilers at the high school to backup heaters for five wood-pellet boilers. Based on what I heard, this is a misguided attempt to save money based on wishful thinking and inadequate discussion … 0

Letter: Signaling intentions

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Many years ago, knights would defend their friends and oppose their enemies. When they met a friend with all their body armor in the middle centuries, they would raise their visor to see better and announce they were friends. This salute or signal continues today, by people looking to make friends. Some folks wave or say: “hello” to good people. When motorists wish … 0

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Editorial: Markey, others connect the dots on pipeline plan

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Editorial: Markey, others connect the dots on pipeline plan

Letter: Performance space

Thursday, February 4, 2016

I was inspired after the excellent coverage of the Shea to re-think the proposed use of Turners Falls’ “mini park” — for a sculpture. I sent the following to Susan LoManto, director of RiverCulture: Seeing the upcoming and exciting celebration for Black History, recognizing RiverCulture’s impact, and the … 0

Letter: Registering for primary

Thursday, February 4, 2016

If you want to vote in the presidential primary on March 1, you must be a registered voter where you live by Feb. 10. Contact your town hall or town clerk for hours to register before Feb. 10. Of course each town’s website will also have this information. … 0

Letter: I’ve had enough

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Enough is enough! Why is it that the more you pay for cable, the more stupid commercials they put in? Yes, I said stupid. If they put anymore in, they won’t have room for anything else. And why is it the more they try to take guns off … 0

Editorial: Iowa just the beginning of long presidential race

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The lesson from the first 2016 presidential voting at the Iowa caucuses Monday is that candidates now must run a marathon to win the nomination because there is no clear front-runner in either party. While attention will be … 0

Letter: A senior center only

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The headlines announce: Town Council votes for money for design phase of new senior center. We seniors are more than delighted; so excited — at long last things will move on with an actual end date in sight. But now — those who are new to the many … 1

Letter: How it works

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

There is a long festering problem exposed in the story of collusion regarding the unfortunate incident at Clarkdale Farm with the tipped over portable toilet. The predicted outcome is a settlement out of court between the insurers of Clarkdale and the portable toilet companies with the plaintiff. The … 0

Editorial: Strong open records bill emerges from Senate

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Understanding government and being actively engaged as a citizen are dependent upon an ability to get information. That’s why a strong open records law is a critical tool in keeping citizens informed particularly on how government performs the people’s business. In Massachusetts, however, people inside and outside of … 0

Letter: Don’t retire now

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An open letter to Sen. Benjamin Downing: I was so disappointed to see in the newspaper that you, Sen. Downing, were planning to RETIRE. We desperately need your help to have a chance to hold the line and pass environmentally progressive legislation! I have been working on divestment … 1

Letter: Love Real Pickles

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

As reported in the Jan. 25 issue of The Recorder, Real Pickles, a local, home-grown business, once again won a national award at the Good Food Awards in San Francisco for their organic garlic dills. We should all be proud of Real Pickles, a real success. The article … 0

Letter: Holes in smart-gun article

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An article run on Jan. 22 extolled the supposed benefits of so-called “smart” guns and claimed that a majority of American gun owners would be happy to embrace the technology. Unfortunately, the article missed several important facts. First, the study purporting to show widespread support for “smart” guns … 0