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Editorial: Mass. missteps with REAL ID

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nine years ago, Congress passed the Real ID Act and it became law ... but then things started to unravel. The idea was to make sure that when a person presented a driver’s license anywhere in the country, it confirmed their identity. But that hasn’t happened. Both the federal government and that states have had a hard time getting their act together. On the federal side, the Department of Homeland … 0

In the Arena: Ham-handed protest

Thursday, August 28, 2014

An otherwise conciliatory primary race in the 2nd Franklin District took a somewhat ugly turn this week, thanks to what appears to be a case of mistaken political identity. A half-dozen protesters gathered outside Athol Town Hall ostensibly to protest Republican candidate Susannah Whipps Lee, whom the protesters claim violated their First Amendment Rights related to an alleged effort to remove a photograph … 0

Letter: Undemocratic influence

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A recent article in your editorial page described in broad detail the book, “The Brothers,” the actions of Allen Dulles, head of the CIA and his brother John Foster Dulles, head of our state department. It is sickening to even guess how many lives were lost, how many were tortured, how many were imprisoned because of their actions in our, that is American, … 0

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Letter: What’s important

Sunday, August 24, 2014

What is the most important THING now? Is it money, fame, position? Is it doing good? Is it consideration of others? Is it getting one’s way? Is it obeying the law literally or by the spirit? Of course, money is somewhat important, especially if one does not have … 0

Letter: Body cameras no answer

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Are police the only people who should be forced to wear body cameras? Why not lawyers and car salesman? What about prison guards, or even day-care providers? We have courts to weigh evidence and pass judgment. This is the purpose of a jury of peers. I think perhaps … 0

Letter: Her consistent stance

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rep. Denise Andrews has taken some recent flak from her opponents in the upcoming state elections, as well as on the editorial pages of this newspaper, the main criticism being that she was the lone “no” vote against raising the maximum sentence for heroin trafficking from 20 to … 0

Editorial: More power for community

Friday, August 22, 2014

Greenfield Mayor William Martin’s push to create a municipal conduit for electrical power may not be unique — there are plenty of communities that have their own municipal electric utility — but it’s important nevertheless. That’s because it’s about the power of community. “This will be a great … 0

Meyer/My Turn: Disturbing change of course

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vermont Yankee, the last of the region’s nuclear plants, will close in December. In response, GDF-Suez FirstLight’s Nortfield Mountain Pumped Storage plant is looking to change its stripes. On June 27, it applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a “temporary” license amendment to allow it broad … 0

Letter: Finding a candidate

Friday, August 22, 2014

With the election of a new governor coming up this November, I need a candidate I can support. I want to elect someone who really cares about ALL the people, not just the wealthy and powerful. I need someone who understands that our climate is changing and we … 0

Letter: Cries for tolerance

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Recorder’s Opinion of Aug. 5 on religious intolerance reminds me of this quote from a televangelist: “I look down on people who look down on people who look down on people.” The Recorder: “The sad thing is that all of the world’s religions, at their heart, preach … 0

Editorial: It is the county’s hospital

Thursday, August 21, 2014

During the process of taking over the reins as president of Baystate Franklin Medical Center, we’re pretty sure that Steven Bradley had some long talks with his predecessor, Chuck Gijanto. We can well imagine, too, that Gijanto made a point of saying the people of Franklin County not … 0

In the Arena: Sharing thoughts

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Nobody asked me but ... Greenfield Deputy Police Chief Mark Williams? Wow. I didn’t see that one coming. ∎ Sign of the times — Greenfield schools will have a truancy officer this year. An unfortunate, but necessary move. ∎ It looks like the Greenfield School Committee has decided to take … 0

Letter: Made in the USA

Thursday, August 21, 2014

At one time, I didn’t think about looking at the labels on things that stated where they were made. I just figured they were made in America. Well, folks, can anyone tell me where I can find clothes made in America? Ah! You are going to say everything … 0