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Editorial: Best to all at Boston Marathon

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Good luck to all the runners at the Boston Marathon today. It’s a grueling 26.2 miles that calls for stamina and strength. And this year’s race, a year after the terrorist attacks, is bound to require emotional strength as well. We hope one and all are successful in crossing the finish line. … 0

Blagg: A loving response

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Way out in Topeka, Kan., just down the street from a McDonald’s and a Sonic Drive-in, sits a tidy white ediface called the Westboro Baptist Church. Hanging from one end of the building is a banner inscribed “godhatesamerica.com.” Across the street, down from the neat row of cherry trees, someone has painted their … 0

Letter: Pipeline dangers

Sunday, April 20, 2014

To landowners who might be approached for permission to let the pipeline run through their land, I say, “If you value your land and the resources it represents, you’d better say ‘NO.’” There are so many reasons to send Kinder Morgan packing I can only name a few. Remember when they said it would never happen? What about the Exxon Valdez and BP … 0

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Editorial: Etched in our memory

Monday, April 14, 2014

In Massachusetts, April 15 has more meaning than just the deadline for filing one’s taxes. One year ago, on a day that has become an important American event, the annual running of the Boston Marathon became a terrorist … 0

Editorial: Dreaded tax deadline

Monday, April 14, 2014

April 15 is the day Americans love to hate for a simple reason: Our federal and state tax returns are due. This year, because of the way the calendar falls, everyone is supposed to file on time. New … 0

Dunlap/My Turn: Untangling opiate abuse

Monday, April 14, 2014

Across Massachusetts, lives are being wasted. State police have recorded nearly 200 deaths from drug overdoses since November, but the actual number could be even higher, as figures from the largest three cities — Boston, Worcester, and Springfield — are not included in the totals. The commonwealth is … 0

Letter: Vote and help

Monday, April 14, 2014

The recent letter from Ms. Ann Dorr regarding Rex Trailer, his children’s program, “Boomtown,” and Senate Bill 1622 recognizing his contribution to awareness of the handicapped caught my attention on several levels. At 12, I was a bit old for the “Boomtown” show in 1956, however, there were … 0

Letter: Missing specifics

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tim Neumann’s response to Darlene Clark’s letter of March 31, regarding religious books at the World Eye Bookshop would have been more effectual had he cited some of the texts in question. But he states specifically in his closing paragraph that he “did not see the specific display … 0

Editorial: Watch out for Stillwater parking

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin: We expect that it will be a busy summer for the Deerfield Police Department around the Stillwater Bridge, now that the available parking has been reduced. TransCanada Corp., which owns part … 0

Blagg: Time may be running out

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Somewhere on the bottom of the Indian Ocean, some 1,000 miles west of Australia, three miles down, there may be an answer to the mystery that’s been baffling the world for the last month. Is the wreckage of … 0

Letter: Forget the ‘slams’

Sunday, April 13, 2014

We are one nation “under God” and all have a right to their opinions, a great part of our freedom! Anita Fritz has a right, as well as Al Norman and so many others in your city. We here in Orange are thankful for our Wal-Marts. Oh, we … 0

Letter: Rabbits and Easter

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I am writing to urge parents, who are considering the purchase of a rabbit for their children this Easter, to reconsider. Rabbits are adorable and fun when they are babies, but will they still be perceived this way in 6 months? Will they end up forgotten and alone … 0

Letter: Walk in their boots

Sunday, April 13, 2014

If for one week the Boston politicians that make rules for farmers to follow would change places with the farmer and deal with real stuff, they would know what they are talking about. MARLENE ANDOGNINI Rowe … 0