Opinion

Editorial: Finally, the focus will be on the game

Friday, January 30, 2015

Super Bowl weekend. The world won’t necessarily stop on Sunday as the National Football League season reaches its climax with its championship game, but ... We know that much of Franklin County will join the rest of New England in rooting on the Patriots, just as the Pacific Northwest will undoubtedly be cheering on the Seattle Seahawks. It must be … 0

Mark/My Turn: Keeping college affordable

Friday, January 30, 2015

The inability to afford a college education should never stand in the way of a promising student’s success. I remember it like it was yesterday, I had made the decision not to return to college in the fall, and I was wondering where my life would end up. I was a student at UMass, but I realized I couldn’t afford to be there … 0

Letter: Getting free from plastic

Friday, January 30, 2015

As a member of the team trying to get single-use plastic out of our waste cycle, I find the editorial use of the word “zealous” a very biased comment from someone who has not even been a part of our experience. Also the editor’s assumption that the townspeople would not be supportive of our petition (when over 1,400 signed it) or that it … 0

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Editorial: Higher ed talk we should be having

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It’s clear that President Barack Obama understands the importance education plays in the lives of Americans and in the future of this nation. That understanding can be seen in his recent proposal for providing a tuition-free education at community colleges across the country. As we have seen locally … 0

Berkshire Gas: Necessary information

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A letter published recently from the Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network (MPLAN), offering commentary on energy efficiency programs offered by Berkshire Gas, demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of energy efficiency programs in Massachusetts and the role of regulators and independent experts in defining and approving those programs. Given the importance … 2

Letter: Match-making for housing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Two recent articles in The Recorder prompt me to ask: Could a homeless couple and a widowed homeowner come together to provide mutual support? Two problems, one solution? Is there an agency out there, whose authority is unquestioned, that could facilitate a screening and match-making process? Just asking. … 0

Letter: High-speed dependent

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The real risk of not having high-speed Internet is that towns and citizens will not be able to participate in a world that relies on fast communications. High-speed Internet service is as necessary as electricity and phone. Without it, our communities will fall behind in real estate (housing … 0

Editorial: Distracted drivers pose threat

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

We’ve all had the experience of watching someone whizz by in the passing lane while busy talking on a cell phone pressed to one ear. And perhaps we’ve even had to quickly step back at an intersection to … 0

Newman/My Turn: He’s a hero in my eyes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I want to share with you a story about compassion and courage, life and death, despair and jubilation. I want to tell you about Bryan Stevenson. In 1986, I traveled to Georgia to meet Stevenson, an African-American attorney who grew up in the 1960s in the segregated, confederate-flag-displaying … 0

Hogen/My Turn: Speaking up for victims of state-sponsored violence

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Statistics can be misleading and boring, but they convey a message. There have been a maximum of 779 Muslim men in Guantanamo since its opening 14 years ago. Now there are 121. Those who have gotten out were … 0

Editorial: Charlie Hebdo’s message

Monday, January 19, 2015

A week after two masked gunmen stormed into the offices of a satirical French newspaper and slaughtered 12 people to protest the paper’s cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, a new issue of Charlie Hebdo hit the streets featuring — you guessed it — a cartoon of the Prophet … 0

Greenberg and others/My Turn: At a crucial turning point

Monday, January 19, 2015

We’re sure that many of you have been following the efforts of the commonwealth, the Franklin Region Council of Governments and our legislators to convince private sector companies to significantly upgrade Internet service to the underserved towns of rural Franklin County. They’re not interested. Why? Too few customers … 0

Letter: Speaking out

Monday, January 19, 2015

The thrust of Sunday’s (Jan 11) Je suis Charlie candlelight vigil was to proclaim our belief in and defend freedom of expression. I do not think that it was to characterize the speech of the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper. Eveline MacDougall (whom I know well and very much … 0