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Editorial: Colrain should move on sewer system

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some old-fashioned advice for Colrain: Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. A significant opportunity has been presented by the state in the form of a $2.5 million grant that would go toward the building of a town center sewer system. That money, while not necessarily covering the entire cost, takes this project well out of the hypothetical realm and into the doable. But it requires residents’ support. Basically, … 0

Gran/My Turn: The science/public gap

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A recent Global Trends 2014 survey of 20 countries by Ipsos MORI indicates that only 54 percent of Americans agree with the statement that “The climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity.” This is the lowest percentage of the 20 countries surveyed, which average 76 percent agreement. … 0

Letter: 96 steps

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I live at the Weldon and clearly the elevator needs to be replaced and I suspect Mr. Henecker is doing the best his company can do BUT I live on the fourth floor so I would like him to know we have more than three floors. Maybe he would like to take the climb some day. I suggest, sir, you get your facts … 0

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Letter: Offensive to Christians

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I write in response to “The Cross is Christian!” Los Angeles Times editorial of Aug. 11, challenging the statement that it’s “ridiculous” to “consider the cross a fitting symbol for all Americans honoring the war dead.” The thousands of crosses at Arlington National Cemetery enable the hallowed earth … 0

Letter: Today’s Republicans

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Abe Lincoln must be turning over in his grave after watching how the Republican Party is today. He would probably switch to the Democratic Party. The GOP (party of no) doesn’t want immigration reform, minimum wage reform, Wall Street reform and the list goes on and on. All … 0

Editorial: Twists and turns with medical pot

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Massachusetts’ maiden foray into the world of state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries has been anything but smooth. Chalk it up to either state officials being completely caught off-guard when voters passed the ballot initiative calling for the legalization of … 1

Warren: We can do better

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Massachusetts has distinguished itself as a state with a strong and enduring commitment to environmental conservation, a commitment evidenced in the wetlands, forests, waters, and state and private conservation lands that run from our coastline to the Berkshires. … 0

Letter: Seen clearly

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I very rarely write letters to the editor, but felt compelled to do so at this time. It is with great sadness that Glen Nichols is closing his doors in Turners Falls. I went there to get my latest pair of glasses and was very happy with the … 0

Letter: The Middle East mess

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thanks to Ted Thornton for his cogent analysis of the Israel-Palestine situation. As Mr. Thornton suggests, denunciation of Israel without concern for the facts of history, geography and politics serves no good purpose. Acting out of pure emotion without consideration of facts rarely serves a good purpose. Millennia … 0

Letter: A stranger’s kindness

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hello, my name is Karen Zeman. My husband, Ted, and I have three beautiful children: Nicholas, 18; Andrew, 15; and Abby, 12. We live in the small town of Bloomer, Wisc. Our son, Andrew, was born blind and has special needs. Despite the challenges he faces on a … 0

Letter: Simple reason

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In Sherrill Hogen’s My Turn article (July 28) she asks the question and I quote “why many more Palestinians are dying than Israelis?” Well the answer is quite simple Sherrill, Israel uses missiles to protect their children while Hamas uses children to protect their missiles. DAVID KEMPF Greenfield … 0

Editorial: A growing black eye in Ferguson

Monday, August 18, 2014

As events have continued to unfold in Ferguson, Mo., little good has transpired — in fact, things just keep getting worse and worse. From the moment black 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer — … 0

Bos/My Turn: Fighting back

Monday, August 18, 2014

In my previous column (Aug. 12) I quoted Bill Moyers, who has written that “Democracy is not a lie. What’s right and good doesn’t come naturally. You have to stand up and fight for it — as if the cause depends on you, because it does.” How can … 0