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Editorial: A tragedy that demands a response

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

We inhabit a world where all kinds of tragedies take place. Some of these events — derailed trains, bus crashes, fires — get little attention, save from those directly involved. Others catch the world’s attention and demand a collective response. The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over a part of eastern Ukraine, which killed all 298 passengers and crew members on board, would be both tragic and unusual … 0

Charney/My Turn: Brush with 'alligator teeth'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My message machine blinked its red light. It was the first thing I noticed. “Grandma are you OK?” was the message. “I’m worried about you.” I called back immediately, even before I dropped my bags and sat down. “I’m fine,” I told him. “I’m just fine.” “OK,” he said, with that sort of … 0

Letter: More to these tests

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I was encouraged by the Greenfield School Committee’s postponement of their decision about implementing PARCC tests next year. I was disappointed, however, with The Recorder’s coverage of this controversial issue, which contained misleading information. Many districts across the state and country are rejecting PARCC, an initiative that will nearly double the amount of time our children spend taking tests, one that many parents, … 0

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Blagg: Middle East missiles

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Letter: Agent Orange

Seamans/My Turn: Let’s bring riflery back to Apex

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A visitor recently at the Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility stepped up to ask, “Are you Paul Seamans?” More than 60 years ago when I was instructor on the Camp Apex rifle range, I saw that this boy had a left-handed hold on a right-handed target rifle, an … 0

Letter: Keeping watch

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To those of you folks so inclined to be concerned with the National Security Agency, (NSA) and their alleged electronic snooping into possibly your emails, I’d like to offer the following data-miners to bolster your paranoia: Amazon.com; Ebay; Facebook; Instagram; Overstock.com; Twitter; any online dating service ... this … 0

Letter: Threat to solar

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I’m concerned about the future of solar electricity (aka photovoltaics/PV). The Massachusetts House bill H4185 threatens to seriously restrict solar incentives and options for homeowners, small businesses, and community solar, endangering local jobs and limiting the potential to offset fossil fuel. As the 2012 Solarize Montague coordinator and … 0

Editorial: An issue with fingerprinting

Monday, July 14, 2014

Improving school safety — no one can really argue against the idea of making our children safer. But the devil can be in the details. That’s how we look at how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is handling the implementation of the law requiring that all teachers and school … 0

Zinan/My Turn: Revolution? Unlikely

Monday, July 14, 2014

July 2014 marks the three-year anniversary of the birth of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. “We are the 99 percent” seared into our memory banks. Presently, Robert Reich, Paul Krugman and economics professors at University of Massachusetts and elsewhere bombard the media daily with the latest wealth/income … 1

Letter: Wrong target

Monday, July 14, 2014

I generally enjoy Chip Ainsworth’s Recorder columns, despite not being much of a baseball fan and having no interest at all in horse racing and some of the other activities he writes about. I usually appreciate his blunt opinionated style, and actually look forward to his yearly reports, … 0

Letter: New leadership

Monday, July 14, 2014

Greetings fellow Democrats! Well, the die has been cast, and the old is set (in other words signatures have been received and documentation has been submitted to official parties) of a change in officers (effective July 7) for the Greenfield Democratic Town Committee. They are: Douglas Mayo, chairperson; … 0

Editorial: Deadlocked Northfield vote

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: With a little more than 75 percent of the Northfield’s voters opting to stay home, a vital Proposition 2 1/2 override — one that directly affects the town’s children — … 0

Blagg: More meow than roar

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It was 1931, and the League of Nations, formed after World War I to “prevent wars through collective security and disarmament and settle international disputes through negotiation and arbitration,” was just a dozen years old. Since its formation, … 0

Editorial: Still waiting on the pot dispensaries

Friday, July 11, 2014

The state of New York just became the 23rd state to OK the use of medical marijuana. Is anyone taking bets on whether New York will be providing this form of relief to patients with cancer or other medical issues before a dispensary gets opened in Franklin County? … 0