Opinion

Editorial: Mass. missteps with REAL ID

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nine years ago, Congress passed the Real ID Act and it became law ... but then things started to unravel. The idea was to make sure that when a person presented a driver’s license anywhere in the country, it confirmed their identity. But that hasn’t happened. Both the federal government and that states have had a hard time getting their act together. On the federal side, the Department of Homeland … 0

In the Arena: Ham-handed protest

Thursday, August 28, 2014

An otherwise conciliatory primary race in the 2nd Franklin District took a somewhat ugly turn this week, thanks to what appears to be a case of mistaken political identity. A half-dozen protesters gathered outside Athol Town Hall ostensibly to protest Republican candidate Susannah Whipps Lee, whom the protesters claim violated their First Amendment Rights related to an alleged effort to remove a photograph … 0

Letter: Undemocratic influence

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A recent article in your editorial page described in broad detail the book, “The Brothers,” the actions of Allen Dulles, head of the CIA and his brother John Foster Dulles, head of our state department. It is sickening to even guess how many lives were lost, how many were tortured, how many were imprisoned because of their actions in our, that is American, … 0

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Letter: Learn what ‘yield’ means

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A lot of concern has been expressed about cell phone use and texting while driving causing car accidents. I am writing to express my concern for another situation that I believe is becoming much more prevalent on our roads where you find a rotary or entrance to a … 0

Editorial: New chapter for Lamson & Goodnow

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A business does not stick around for 177 years without hitting a few troublesome patches. That’s not to say that the news coming from Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. isn’t something to worry about. The nation’s oldest cutlery business filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week. That filing, … 0

Keith/My Turn: Different calculations

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In chiding us to “Do some energy math” (My Turn, July 24), James Bates miscalculates. Above all, he assumes a zero sum. “If you are anti-CO2, anti-nuclear, anti-methane, then you must be for darkness.” No one who exhales … 2

Letter: Immigration process

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A recent letter to the editor contained the inspiring words on a plaque mounted to the Statue of Liberty. Imagine, the waves and waves of immigrants to the New World whose first glimpse of America were the skyline of New York and the Statue of Liberty, as they … 1

Letter: Lost-and-found story

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This past Saturday, I realized that my makeshift money clip with just enough money to miss, was no longer in my pocket. I retraced my recent travels, and inquired at one earlier stop without luck. Monday, I had given up hope on recovery, as I had expected the … 0

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