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Editorial: Dalai Lama’s message perseveres

Friday, April 24, 2015

When the Dalai Lama visits the Pioneer Valley in late October, college students and fortunate members of the public will get the chance to hear from a man for whom patience, compassion and joy are not abstract notions. For him and his followers, they are the keys to fulfillment and, in some cases, survival. The exiled religious leader of Tibet has scheduled appearances at Smith College on Oct. 23, Amherst … 0

Culleny: The fire in the brain

Friday, April 24, 2015

When I commented on two online photos that compared youth activities in the 1970s (guitar playing/singing) to those today (screen viewing/texting), I got in trouble with a younger friend who accused me of judging the first to be superior to the second. He said he was tired of older people whining about how it is now compared to how it was. He had … 0

Letter: FDR’s tax push

Friday, April 24, 2015

History on the progressive side praises almost without end FDR’s accomplishments in implementing social programs. It is possible that he would not have done it if the labor movement leaders had not made him realize the political reality if he did not. The story goes that the labor leaders had a few meeting with him and made it clear that they represented millions … 0

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Editorial: Discarded needles more than a nuisance

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

If the larger communities in Franklin County are seeing more syringes and needles discarded in parking lots, alleys and parks, it’s clearly, and sadly, a sign of the times. It’s a byproduct of the increased use of illegal drugs like heroin in our area, the potentially lethal litter … 0

Kehler/My Turn: Pushing back against war

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Virtually no one likes war. Everyone, everywhere — soldiers and civilians alike — say they oppose war and that war is a horrendous waste of lives and resources. So why do we Americans not only keep engaging in wars, but often initiate them? Usually, the answer is either … 0

Letter: Endangering nature

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Like most 10-year-olds, I love the outdoors and love exploring nature. It seems that the best part of living in New England is the wildlife and all the people who care about it so much. At the Hitchcock Center in Amherst, my friends and I listen and look … 0

Letter: Capitalism

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I would talk about capitalism, if I may. Despite its popular liberal vilification (a counter-productive argument, as I hope to prove) capitalism is, ipso facto, human nature. To utilize capital, one must first obtain it. And then, with foresight, invest it. Basic economics, right? Make no mistake, whether … 0

Editorial: A nation changes in a blink of an eye

Monday, April 13, 2015

Through the lens of history, the course of a nation seemingly can change in a blink of an eye. For the last several years now, the U.S. has been observing the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. It began in 1861, on April 12, when Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, … 0

King and King/My Turn: Problems with broadband plan

Monday, April 13, 2015

We wanted to voice our opinion regarding the current discussion of bringing fiber-optic broadband through WiredWest to Warwick. We have been property owners and small business owners in Warwick for 26 years, choosing to live “off the grid” on a large tract of land with a driveway over … 1

Connelly/My Turn: Seeing the signs of collapse

Monday, April 13, 2015

I wish to thank The Recorder for printing the March 31 article, “Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards for high tech jobs.” The subject in this article is reminiscent of my 1970 graduate school thesis, which included analysis of the rapidly rising cost of spies and police … 0

Letter: Amend district budget

Monday, April 13, 2015

Once again it is budget time for the district towns. The four-town request, led by Deerfield, of a zero percent increase to the regional school’s budget will result in six staff reductions, once of which will be in the physical education department. I can only speak to the … 0

Letter: The heavens and earth

Monday, April 13, 2015

So much has been written and said about climate change/global warming that some fresh air from the Old Testament needs to clear away the haze. Climate change began “in the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1), and change is still taking place. In … 0

Letter: One-sided portrayal

Monday, April 13, 2015

As a girl, I have been raised from a very young age to understand and avoid situations where someone could attack me. My parents always warn me never to walk anywhere alone, especially on a college campus at night. As a member of Greek life, I have been … 0