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Editorial: Keeping us safe

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It’s a war, but there are no bugles, no banners, no medals for bravery. In countless hospitals and clinics around the world, doctors, nurses and their staffs are battling disease, struggling to bring decent health care to people who may lack even basic requirements for daily living. Malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, HIV, the list goes on and on. More than one billion people around the world lack access to … 0

Letter: Ukraine requires caution

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ukraine requires caution The downing of MH 17 is, of course, a terrible tragedy with the taking of 298 lives leaving the families and friends of those killed in shock and deep morning, one cannot imagine a more horrible event. In a situation like these one must be extremely cautious in being to quick to come to a conclusion. Obama, with the media … 0

Letter: My goals, if elected

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My goals, if elected This election season we have great opportunities to make positive changes on Beacon Hill. At the top of the agenda is lowering the high unemployment rates and getting people back to work in Massachusetts. It is an attainable goal that I am willing to do my best to see through if elected to represent you as 2nd Franklin District … 0

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Editorial: A tragedy that demands a response

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

We inhabit a world where all kinds of tragedies take place. Some of these events — derailed trains, bus crashes, fires — get little attention, save from those directly involved. Others catch the world’s attention and demand a collective response. The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 … 0

Charney/My Turn: Brush with 'alligator teeth'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My message machine blinked its red light. It was the first thing I noticed. “Grandma are you OK?” was the message. “I’m worried about you.” I called back immediately, even before I dropped my bags and sat down. … 0

Letter: More to these tests

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I was encouraged by the Greenfield School Committee’s postponement of their decision about implementing PARCC tests next year. I was disappointed, however, with The Recorder’s coverage of this controversial issue, which contained misleading information. Many districts across the state and country are rejecting PARCC, an initiative that will … 0

Letter: To our cat’s rescue

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When a much loved family pet goes missing, one often thinks the worst, but hopes for the best. In our case, the best is what we got in having Animal Control Officer Jack Cavolick and Highway Superintendent Scott Sullivan on the scene. After nearly 24 days missing, our … 0

Letter: Join pipeline fight

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I want to commend The Recorder for comprehensive ongoing coverage of the possible gas pipeline through our state. The more I read about it the more appalled I am. I also want to thank Reenie Clancy for her thorough and informative My Turn column about the pipeline on … 0

Letter: Smoking boundaries

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Recently, I spoke with a gentleman on Union Street, who was sitting in a chair smoking a cigarette on the outer limits of the Senior Center property. I asked him why he was sitting on the sidewalk and he told me smokers cannot be anywhere on Senior Center … 1

Editorial: Right direction on North Quabbin

Monday, July 21, 2014

We know that some people driving from the eastern part of the state to the North Quabbin region probably look around appreciatively and think, to paraphrase Dorothy of Oz in her famous quote: “we’re not in Boston anymore.” The trick is to get visitors to realize that the … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Russia’s growing appetitie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Putin’s attempt to seize the Ukraine and his successful annexation of Crimea in part was provoked by June 27, the date that the European Union (EU), Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia had set for bringing these countries into a … 0

Coli/My Turn: Hardly a compromise

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is a letter we sent to Rep. Kulik, and Sens. Downing and Dempsey in regard to a bill (H4185) pending in the Legislature. Gentlemen, My wife Norma and I would like to go on record concerning our disappointment with the recent release of H4185 (the so-called “compromise … 0

Letter: ‘Debt Jubilee’

Monday, July 21, 2014

Following the Lehman banking debacle of 2008, the government sponsored bailout of the banking sector to boost the economy created an illusion of recovery. New York banks benefited from the bailouts by using special privileges with the Federal Reserve to borrow cheaply to fund speculation using their easy … 0