Opinion

September 12, 2014

Editorial: Obama’s plan to meet a threat

Monday, September 15, 2014

President Obama has provided the nation with his plan for addressing the threat posed by terrorists that go by the Islamic State, and it, thankfully, backs away from relying strictly on U.S. military force. “I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” Obama said to the nation Wednesday night. “That … 0

Shaney/My Turn: What I want to believe

Monday, September 15, 2014

The pipeline. An awful lot has been written about it. I want to believe … I want to believe that the two resolutions that passed overwhelmingly in my town of Ashfield — one to ban the pipeline, one to put forth community rights — mean something. I want to believe that ALL of the resolutions passed in all of the towns along the … 1

Letter: The art scene

Monday, September 15, 2014

We read with great concern Dan Brown’s letter of Sept. 8 with its dire assessment of the art scene in Franklin County. Are we talking of the survival of art or the survival of artists? We suggest that what needs to be nourished for survival is the appreciation of the arts. Art created in a vacuum without an audience is invisibly tragic. Artists … 0

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Letter: ‘Brookie’ location

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Brookie sculpture pictured on Page A2 of The Recorder’s Sept. 2 issue is a great way to add to downtown’s attractions. Any information about why it’s there should point residents and visitors to the Green River and The Museum of Our Industrial Heritage at the other end … 0

Editorial: An educational effort turns 30

Friday, September 5, 2014

Our state’s constitution is a fascinating document that more of the commonwealth’s citizens should probably get to know. For one thing, at John Adams’ insistence, it applied the label “commonwealth” to Massachusetts. Beyond the fact that it is the oldest functioning written constitution in continuous effect in the … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: Acting on hunger

Friday, September 5, 2014

September is national Hunger Action Month. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the entire Feeding America nationwide network of 200-plus food banks have joined forces to raise awareness to fight hunger. Everyone has a unique opportunity to take action this month and make a difference in your … 0

Letter: Unhappy with override

Friday, September 5, 2014

As a Northfield taxpayer, I continue to be troubled by how school officials were involved in promoting the July 8 override vote for additional school funding. Weeks prior to the vote, they sent multiple e-mails to parents encouraging them to vote and informing them of the implications on … 0

Letter: Valuable connection

Friday, September 5, 2014

I’m writing in regard to a recent (Aug. 22) editorial in The Recorder concerning the value of Baystate Hospital to our Franklin County Hospital. I’ve had many operations at Mass. General, New England Medical Center, and other excellent hospitals. Recently, I had chest pains and my doctor referred … 0

Letter: ID noncompliance

Friday, September 5, 2014

The editorial, “Mass. Missteps with REAL ID” rightly noted that MassDOT has done little to meet the standards of the REAL ID Act. A Freedom of Information Act submitted by the Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License confirmed MassDOT’s lack of progress since the regulation was issued over … 0

Editorial: Head to the primary polls

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Massachusetts voters have the opportunity to influence the way their government works next Tuesday. That’s when the Democrats and Republicans are holding their respective primaries, which will put the top candidates in the running for the November election. Voters should make their voices heard at this time, including … 0

In the Arena: ‘Unenrolled’ hold the key

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Massachusetts may not be quite as “blue” as we think it is and that may be good news for local candidates looking to take out a pair of entrenched incumbents this fall. According to numbers released this week by Secretary of State Bill Galvin, just over 35 percent … 1

Letter: Backing Maura Healey

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Massachusetts attorney general serves as the people’s lawyer. There is no candidate with more experience and knowledge for this public advocate position than Maura Healey. For seven years, Maura helped lead the Attorney General’s Office, directing the major civil rights and consumer protection cases and overseeing 250 … 0

Letter: The clear choice

Thursday, September 4, 2014

On Tuesday Sept. 9, I will be voting for Susannah Whipps Lee for state representative because of her great record in creating jobs right here in the North Quabbin. She is co-owner of Whipps Inc. of Athol, which has just opened up a new building in Orange and … 0