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Opinion

Editorial: Stopping ‘lone wolves’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The scenario is becoming all too familiar: an unhappy, isolated mentally ill person decides to end their misery and strike out at those they perceive as their enemies. They obtain a weapon — usually a gun in this country — and launch an attack, killing or wounding innocent victims before either taking their own life or going down in a hail of police bullets. Although they may engage others through … 0

Letter: Blood is blood

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I read with interest Suzie Hale’s letter in the December 1st issue of The Recorder concerning graphic photos in Israel and how children shouldn’t be subjected to such pictures of violence. Then on Dec. 2, I came across a photo of a dead 8-point buck killed by a hunter. What is the difference? And please, take animal killing out of the “Sports” pages … 0

Letter: Thanks, folks!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

On the night of Nov. 8, The Gallery for a Night was a most amazing and enormously successful event! Not only was it a financial success, but it was a tremendously exciting venue that received enthusiastic support from the community-at-large. We had a full house that night, just shy of 300 people, and just about everything was sold, resulting in many happy faces … 0

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Letter: Let the light shine

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

With all that is going on in Ferguson and now in New York City, we have had numerous talks about race issues and the gospel in our family. Over the years, with two biracial sons by adoption and three birth children, we have learned much about the ugliness … 0

Letter: Add nuclear

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

As climate change unfolds, the United States needs to be on the frontier of response. The recent agreement with China on carbon reduction was a welcome takeoff. But the Obama administration must do far more to demonstrate that the United States is already making progress in reducing carbon … 0

Editorial: A day to make a difference

Monday, December 8, 2014

“What a difference a day made ...” If you’re of a particular age, you may recall Dinah Washington singing those words. This Wednesday, Franklin County residents can also make a difference by taking part in the Valley Gives campaign. For the third straight year, residents can help a … 0

Charney/My Turn: Brooding at home

Monday, December 8, 2014

“Soup,” my husband proposes. “Not soup, no way,” I counter. We are discussing the fate of our “old girls,” with winter ahead and chickens, who are no longer in the business of laying eggs, but in need of grain and daily upkeep. We started with 12. Three years … 0

Letter: Storm driving

Monday, December 8, 2014

On Thanksgiving eve this year, I unfortunately had to travel in the first snowstorm of the season. Things went well through all six states I traveled in except for Massachusetts. From Greenfield to Springfield plow trucks driving 20 mph blocked both lanes of Interstate 91. This ill-conceived plan … 0

Letter: Blaming Nader

Monday, December 8, 2014

The election of George W. Bush in 2000 started one of the saddest chapters in recent U.S. history, and despite Dr. Neilson’s assertions to the contrary (My Turn, Dec. 3) the blame rests heavily on Ralph Nader’s shoulders. It is irrefutable that a) had Nader voters the opportunity … 0

Letter: ‘Vicious spin’

Monday, December 8, 2014

I simply don’t understand why you would print such garbage as “Cosby’s Undoing” by Rick Jensen. While his assessment of the current scandal about Bill Cosby is possibly relevant and interesting, his equating the multiple rapes and assaults that Bill Cosby is accused of with Bill Clinton’s consensual … 0

Letter: Unbiased news?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Maggie Tirrell suggests we all “stop relying on biased news sources.” I would like to ask Maggie where these UNbiased news sources are that she’d like us to see. I’m assuming she’s complaining about FOX News and talk radio because they’re biased to the right, so are we … 0

Letter: Another example

Monday, December 8, 2014

Re.: Ferguson, Missouri controversy. Another example of how the criminal class has gotten the upper hand. SUSAN BOBILIN Orange … 0

Editorial: Getting the train station ready

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re getting closer to seeing passenger train service return to Greenfield with Amtrak’s “Vermonter.” The twice-a-day service between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans, Vt., is scheduled to start Monday, Dec. 29. … 0