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Editorial: Debt dispute gets out of hand

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It was supposed to be a routine matter — a dispute over a repair bill that landed in small claims court. What was unexpected was that an individual in the case wound up being sentenced to 30 days in jail because he couldn’t pay $508 — an outcome that evokes images of Charles Dickens and the dreary debtors’ prisons he wrote about. Yet this came out of a Hampshire County … 0

In the Arena: Back to the drawing board

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Maybe we should start referring to it as the “ordinance that will not die.” Seriously, there are cyborgs in “Terminator” movies that are easier to kill than Greenfield’s proposed noise control ordinance, which was sent back to committee this week after the Town Council voted to sustain Mayor Bill Martin’s veto of the measure deemed by some town officials to be unenforceable in … 0

Letter: Remember these lines

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I applaud our governor, Deval Patrick, for choosing to offer temporary shelter to undocumented children from central America. Those who disagree, and all those Washington politicians who have been avoiding a review of our nation’s immigration policies, might want to recall Emma Lazarus’ poem on our Statue Of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The … 0

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Letter: Consumer relief

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Letter: Smoking boundaries

Letter: Lesson from Atlantis

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I imagine most readers are at least somewhat familiar with the legend of Atlantis. The enduring myth of an ancient technologically advanced civilization might serve as a warning to us today. As I understand it, they messed with forces beyond their control, and were destroyed. To cut a … 0

Letter: The Mideast mess

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I am a former United States Marine and would no doubt be described as a hawk rather than a dove. Yet given the recent events in the Mideast, Iraq, Afghanistan among them, I have to feel that we have wasted badly a large number of our young military … 0

Letter: Suboxone’s use

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Addicts don’t use suboxone to get high, but to lessen the symptoms of withdrawal and to reduce cravings by binding with the opiate receptor sites on cell walls. Whereas a schizophrenic is controlled by voices, an addict is controlled by craving. Suboxone increases the likelihood of remaining clean … 0

Editorial: Heat turned on Speaker DeLeo

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sometimes, high-profile politicians can bask in the glow of the public spotlight, but there are times that, instead of illuminating their achievements, that light serves to turn up the heat. Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo certainly isn’t liking how ex-Probation Department Commissioner John J. O’Brien’s corruption trial is … 0

Chilton/My Turn: Our archaeological work

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I am writing in response to a recent Daily Hampshire Gazette editorial (July 4) and articles by The Recorder’s Kathleen McKiernan (“Deerfield farmer wants artifacts” (July 1) and “2 Franklin County towns back contracts for archaeological digs” (July … 0

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