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Editorial: State should be protecting ratepayers

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ purpose is clear: “The mission of the Department is to ensure that utility consumers are provided with the most reliable service at the lowest possible cost; to protect the public safety from transportation and gas pipeline related accidents; to oversee the energy facilities siting process; and to ensure that residential ratepayers’ rights are protected.” That all pretty much means that the department is there … 1

Bedaw/My Turn: Economic impact takes flight from Orange Airport

Monday, March 30, 2015

In a report released last month by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Orange Municipal Airport was credited with a $13.9 million annual economic impact on western Massachusetts. The MassDOT 2014 Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study summarizes the significant economic benefit that Massachusetts derives from its 39 public-use airports. Input for this study came from numerous data gathering efforts for each airport in … 0

Letter: Story of a poet

Monday, March 30, 2015

Thank you for the inspiring story of Sequoia LeBreux winning the statewide poetry prize (March 18). Congratulations to Sequoia for her stunning achievement and many thanks to her for setting such a fine example of the benefits of creativity and hard work. In an age when many young people are challenged by the lure of short-term pleasures, we all have a lot to … 0

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Editorial: State should be protecting ratepayers

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Hollins/My Turn: New law hits sour note

Monday, March 23, 2015

Musical instrument sterilization became education law when signed by our governor on Jan. 7, 2015 (Chapter 71, Section 55D). What’s next in this constant stream of school laws? Sanitizing for bacteria on children’s shoes? Reading up, I found four arguments opposing this new law: 1. In the history … 0

Letter: Enlighten us

Monday, March 23, 2015

It is indeed ironic that Mr. Bates exhorts us to consider the source. When he next feels the urge to pen yet another demonstration of his innumeracy, he might instead tell us what, precisely, he is “skeptical” of. Does he or does he not “believe” that CO2 is … 1

Letter: Local urn option

Monday, March 23, 2015

We were pleased to see the recent front page article featuring lovely urns to hold cremains. When families can think about death, discuss options, and make choices and preparations, the whole process of grieving can be a natural part of this human life. The article certainly spoke to … 0

Letter: Service age continued

Monday, March 23, 2015

My recent “letter to the editor” has provoked comments from several people. They appear to like what I wrote but imply that there is no chance of an 82-year-old veteran returning to active duty. I am aware that the chance is remote. However, I seriously want to be … 0

Editorial: Find ways to help ease broadband financing

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: As the communities hear what’s involved in the “last mile” when it comes to bringing broadband Internet service, we think everyone realizes that the final hurdle is getting the towns … 0

Blagg: Wrapping up as Recorder Editor with goodbye

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Back in the fall of 1986, I was seven years in as Editor of The Central Maine Morning Sentinel in Waterville, Maine, and was pretty pleased with the result. The Sentinel had won just about every award possible — aside from a Pulitzer — and more importantly was … 0

Letter: Advocating for children

Sunday, March 22, 2015

I read the news daily, and when I read articles about children who’ve been abused by their parents, I do so with an overwhelming sense of helplessness. If these children’s parents are unable to take care of them, and if public agencies charged with protecting them are too … 0

Letter: ‘Good morning!’ Indeed!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

My Recorder subscription will come up for renewal in the next few months, and I have been pondering letting it lapse. I get most of my news online. Is it time to save paper, save a tree, and say goodbye to home delivery? Then Saturday rolled around. I … 0

Letter: Answers from the source

Sunday, March 22, 2015

If you “don’t get” any of the actions of the Board of the Shea Community Theater Inc., why not ask us instead of staying uninformed about the matter and casting wildly speculative and completely unfounded aspersions? DANIEL KASNITZ Board of Directors Shea Community Theater Inc. Turners Falls … 1

Editorial: ‘Predictable’ House budget proposal

Friday, March 20, 2015

“Predictable” is one word that seems appropriate in summing up the nation’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives’ budget proposal unveiled this week. It contains plenty of elements that strictly adhere to what the GOP has been pushing for since … 0