Opinion

Editorial: Controlling the pipeline message

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Scheduling a briefing for the county’s business community as an invitation-only event falls far short of our definition of inclusive — or smart. That was the plan, however, concocted by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce — to bring in Kinder Morgan, Berkshire Gas and other energy-related concerns to talk to chamber board members and area big energy users about gas capacity, future concerns … 0

In the Arena: Leaving a sour taste

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I’m sure that a number of Beacon Hill Democrats will miss having one of their own in the corner office, but I’m not sure they will all be heart-broken to see Deval Patrick exit stage left — or, far-left, depending on your perspective. Steve Kulik, state representative for 1st Franklin District and vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, certainly seemed … 0

Letter: Our culture of abuse

Thursday, November 27, 2014

With the recent allegations of rape against Bill Cosby difficult to dismiss or wave away as a conspiracy when over a dozen women have come forward, it is glaringly apparent that our current culture of abuse against women is reaching its zenith. With every news outlet in the world reporting the daily abuse, torture, rape and murder of women — even more shocking … 0

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Editorial: Board flunks answer to holidays request

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It’s hard to believe that the Montgomery County, Md., school board couldn’t find a better way to deal with requests by its Muslim students to honor their religious holidays in the same way they do Christian and Jewish ones than to scrub all religious holidays from its vocabulary. … 1

den Ouden/My Turn: Destroyer of families

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ebola not only kills individuals, it destroys families. Heads of households and bread winners die and families are left destitute. At times, children are the only survivors and must fend for themselves in devastated communities. I confronted an … 0

Letter: Libs lose big

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

According to Cathy Gouch, “Our country will not begin to heal” as long as people like Ken Carville writes letters to the rditor. Hey Cathy, Ken isn’t the problem. It’s you libs who are the problem. In 2008, the Obama zombies chanted “Yes We Can” and elected a … 1

Letter: What are they hiding?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We, too, like your story (“Gas co.: Current customers covered”, Recorder, Nov. 12), would like Berkshire Gas and Kinder Morgan to produce the specific data on the capacity of their existing gas supply lines and the volume of gas they are committed to supply to their current customers. … 0

Editorial: Congressional appetite for leftovers

Monday, November 17, 2014

After a congressional election, the country always has to endure what is known as “the lame-duck session” — a term that recognizes that some of the lawmakers in the House and the Senate will be gone once the … 0

Shepard/My Turn: Unfair representation

Monday, November 17, 2014

I love to watch Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” on CNN. Typically his show is an education and features the culture, customs, social issues consciousness and, most of all, the food that originates from the places he visits. Not completely so in his Massachusetts show that aired on Nov. … 0

Letter: Wireless issues

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Nov. 12 article “WiredWest or wireless?” presents Warwick’s broadband network as an alternative to the high-speed optical fibre network that WiredWest has proposed. It is important to realize that Warwick’s solution is unique to Warwick. A wireless (radio) network depends upon a line-of-sight path between a user … 0

Letter: Where FERC stands

Monday, November 17, 2014

There is only one thing to know and remember about the pipeline atrocity at this juncture. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will not be accountable to the public interest or social or environmental well-being. FERC is in the pockets of industry and corporate power — i.e. The … 0

Letter: Sobering state

Monday, November 17, 2014

Holy Gas Pipeline Batman! Here’s a sobering statistic that should make any gas pipeline proponent shutter. For opponents, I suggest that this be forwarded to your respective political faction. By the way, pen my name in the opposition column. According to Popular Science Magazine, 800 is the number … 0

Editorial: Finding right course on sidewalks

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: As seen in Turners Falls recently, questions about using a downtown sidewalk as part of a retail space versus keeping it clear for pedestrians can be a contentious issue. Store … 0