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Editorial: Preventing copycat killers requires several steps

Monday, October 12, 2015

After a 26-year-old man killed nine people at the Oregon community college he attended, people alarmed by the prospect of copycat killers called on the media to minimize — or eliminate altogether — use of the killer’s name and image. They make a point. But let’s take care not to let it obscure other measures — particularly making it harder for mentally unstable people to get firearms — that could … 0

Hynes/My Turn: The push for un-natural gas

Monday, October 12, 2015

All that glitters is not gold. Take, for example, the word “natural.” Two-thirds of Americans wrongly think the word “natural” on a food label means it contains no artificial ingredients, pesticides or genetically engineered organisms, and no hormones or antibiotics in the case of meat, a 2014 Consumer Reports survey reports. “Natural” is conflated with “safe and clean.” Analogously, we universally refer to … 0

Letter: Get behind Mass

Monday, October 12, 2015

Last year, Isaac Mass was endorsed by over three dozen former town councilors. He also had the ednorsement of both mayors Forgey and Martin. Finally, he had the endorsements of former Selectmen Peter Ruggeri, John Mackin, Joe Laurie, James Fotopoulos, Tim Farrell and Bill Allen. As a state employee at the time, I did not feel I could speak up. Now that I … 0

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Editorial: Our volunteer fire departments need you

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Volunteers are at the heart of any community — this is especially true in the small communities that dot the Pioneer Valley. We don’t want to imagine what life would be like without the men, women and children willing to pitch in, not for fame or anything close … 0

Earles/My Turn: A critical qualification

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The (Massachusetts) Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) oversees numerous boards of registration that license and regulate hundreds of thousands of individuals and businesses to practice trades and professions in Massachusetts. Their mission is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by licensing qualified individuals and businesses to … 0

Letter: Inside our bubble of violence

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I am sickened by yet another mass shooting in Rosenburg, Ore., at Umpqua Community College. We have had 45 such killings in this year alone. The president is right: We’ve become numb to these horrors. Well, I am outraged. I want accountability! We have become an un-self-regulated society. … 0

Letter: Like what he’s doing

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A letter to state Senate President Stan Rosenberg: Dear Stan, I read in The Recorder (Sept. 30) that you clearly expressed doubt as to FERC’s ability to rule on current decentralized energy affairs due to their outdated statutes from 1934. You ask essential questions about the “need” for … 0

Letter: Argue with facts

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BEWARE the arguments of Paul Abrahams and Gary Greene. Both resort to ad hominem arguments against David Williams’ Solyndra column. Ad hominem arguments occur when the respondents can no longer argue the facts. So, they attack the person. They are usually considered a fallacy. It doesn’t matter if … 0

Letter: Caring for Greenfield

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I was going to Big Y in Greenfield today, the back way by the college entrance. On the road by Davenport’s there was a senior gentleman sitting on the sidewalk. He was pulling out all the dirt and new grass growing in the cracks and along the sidewalk. … 0

Editorial: Lighting a fire over wood stoves

Monday, October 5, 2015

Call it “informational and educational.” Talk about “best practices.” Make the point that this was just a discussion and that it’s too early to determine where such talks might lead. But when wood stoves become a topic for a meeting of a Greenfield Town Council subcommittee where the … 3

Barnett/My Turn: Here’s the Hampshire Council of Government’s explanation

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Recorder recently editorialized that the Hampshire Council of Governments has “plenty of explaining to do” with regard to the recent decision of the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to deny 35 western Massachusetts municipal electricity aggregation petitions. The council sponsored the petitions in question. Our explanations follow. … 0

Letter: Light up the sign

Monday, October 5, 2015

Re.: Recent Factory Hollow crashes. Maybe the large green overhead sign on Route 2 should be illuminated after dark and in bad weather (e.g., fog, rain, etc.). BILL KILPATRICK Northfield … 0

Letter: Mental illness awareness

Monday, October 5, 2015

Mental Illness Awareness Week is, Oct. 4 through Oct. 10. We at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass) want people to be aware of the fact that mental health conditions affect one in four adults. We want people to know that these disorders are … 0