Opinion

Editorial: 50,000 residents stuck in the middle

Friday, November 21, 2014

Massachusetts has seemingly been able to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to providing health care to its residents. Even with some of the issues associated with the federal Affordable Care Act, the pronouncements coming from Beacon Hill have been that the state continues to move in the right direction when it comes to coverage, innovation and controlling costs. That’s why we find the recent development affecting 50,000 … 0

Charney/My Turn: No walk on the wild side

Friday, November 21, 2014

On the coldest day of the year — the temperature gauge on the car reads 6 degrees — we bring home a cat. “Dune, “ as in sand dune, I suggest for a name. “Why Dune?” my husband asks. Dune, I explain, conjures up the cat’s buff coloring and his yellow-green eyes. “Doom,” our grandson announces instead, preferring the dramatic and savage, a … 0

Letter: My industrial nature

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hey Ms. Gouch, my five conservative children (real God-fearing Americans) live in the Houston area and I’d love to visit them or live there in my golden years, but finances prohibit it, Social Security being what it is. I’d love to see the oil fields with those awesomely behemoth rigs pumping away. I love mechanical things working away, it’s a guy thing. I’d … 0

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Letter: All about money

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Great article on that pipeline. FYI: The environmental impact is totally being ignore by Kinder Morgan based on expenses. The original plans through North Reading was to follow existing high tension electric power line route. They even said that they wanted to “minimize environmental impact” by using those … 0

Letter: Not quite ready

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I hope that in one of his future columns, Chris Collins provides a fuller explanation for why he thinks that Dylan Korpita “made the case that he could play at that level” during his recent campaign. My impression, from the coverage and his campaign literature, is that Korpita … 0

Editorial: Baker can help western Mass.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Late last week, Charlie Baker, the governor-elect, visited western Massachusetts. Part of his message for residents outside the Route 128 and I-495 beltways concerned something of great importance — economic development. That talk included stressing the importance of higher education and technical training. “The idea is trying to … 0

Hazard/My Turn: Improving Northfield pumped water storage

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Is the Northfield Mountain pumped water storage system a good thing? With relicensing for the next 50 years of that facility on the horizon, and the request to increase the amount of water pumped on the table, there has been much debate on this topic. The need for … 0

Leonard/My Turn: Steps taken for forest management

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Northfield Mountain is a pumped storage hydroelectric facility owned and operated by First Light Power Resources in Erving and Northfield. In accordance to their federal license, they offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities, such as cross country skiing and hiking, as well as many environmental and recreational … 0

Letter: Domestic violence series

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office would like to thank The Recorder for its recent four-day series on domestic violence. A special thanks goes to reporter Kathleen McKiernan for an excellent job covering a very difficult and complex problem. The series was comprehensive and not only illustrated the scope … 0

Letter: A crucial issue

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What has the potential to be more devastating than an all-out nuclear war? What could have a far greater outreach than any serious communicable disease? What is much more threatening than any terrorist organization? What could put to ruins the world economy? What is eminent to our demise … 0

Editorial: Tenacity to meet the challenge

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The folks behind Greenfield’s Solar Challenge are to be commended for their tenacity in getting residents to add renewable energy systems to their homes. That work, as the community has just learned, resulted in enough residents signing on to enable them to reap the lowest possible cost per … 0

Davis: Denial doesn’t work

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Smack dab in the middle between Halloween and Election Day, we heard an alarm that wasn’t exactly a vote of confidence, was no treat and — despite the charges of some disbelievers — is certainly no trick. But as surreal as the dire warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel … 0

Culleny: Degradation of decency

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

“You can’t sanitize your dirty laundry and then not offer up any real solutions. Humanity has an inherent need to protect itself and there are always more good and honest people willing to fight to make things right.” I read that this morning. It’s the closing remark of … 1