Opinion

Editorial: Casino catastrophe

Friday, August 1, 2014

Is anybody in the common-wealth paying attention to what’s going on down in Atlantic City, N.J.? Back in 1976, when the first casino was built in the famous boardwalk city, developers told officials that they’d hit solid gold. And at first, it seemed to be true. Tens of thousands of gamblers flocked to the Shore, driving down from New York or north Jersey or from Philadelphia. The Turnpike and the … 0

Letter: To Peter Pan Bus Lines

Friday, August 1, 2014

As a highly respected bus line, I trust you’re grateful for feedback. In that spirit I want to tell you of a radically jarring, scary, quintessentially wrenching hardship I just experienced with your company, and a couple of my ideas on ways this might be dealt with to absolutely prevent any repeats. I’m sharing as calmly as I can ... and please understand … 0

Letter: Climate change?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Rather than respond point by point to the most recent columns on refuting climate change “deniers” allow me to focus on a single idea and leave it at that. The 2008 NCDC/NOAA “State of the Climate” report posed the question of whether or not the decade-long pause in warming falsified global warming predictions. Their answer was “No.” Ten-year pauses appear in the CO2 … 0

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Editorial: Right direction on North Quabbin

Monday, July 21, 2014

We know that some people driving from the eastern part of the state to the North Quabbin region probably look around appreciatively and think, to paraphrase Dorothy of Oz in her famous quote: “we’re not in Boston anymore.” The trick is to get visitors to realize that the … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Russia’s growing appetitie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Putin’s attempt to seize the Ukraine and his successful annexation of Crimea in part was provoked by June 27, the date that the European Union (EU), Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia had set for bringing these countries into a … 0

Coli/My Turn: Hardly a compromise

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is a letter we sent to Rep. Kulik, and Sens. Downing and Dempsey in regard to a bill (H4185) pending in the Legislature. Gentlemen, My wife Norma and I would like to go on record concerning our disappointment with the recent release of H4185 (the so-called “compromise … 0

Letter: ‘Debt Jubilee’

Monday, July 21, 2014

Following the Lehman banking debacle of 2008, the government sponsored bailout of the banking sector to boost the economy created an illusion of recovery. New York banks benefited from the bailouts by using special privileges with the Federal Reserve to borrow cheaply to fund speculation using their easy … 0

Letter: Right on target

Monday, July 21, 2014

I was gratified to read Paul Seaman’s article in the Wednesday, July 16, Recorder, “Let’s bring riflery back to Apex.” I think the YMCA is missing a good bet if they don’t offer a shooting program to the area’s youngsters (it doesn’t seem like money, equipment and volunteers … 0

Editorial: Fix ordinance before making it law

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We don’t quite understand the thinking of some Greenfield town councilors when it comes to the proposed noise ordinance. While we can understand the desire to have such an ordinance … 0

Blagg: Middle East missiles

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The news from the Middle East just keeps getting worse and worse. Teenagers kidnapped and murdered, young children hit by artillery fire, thousands of rockets being fired at random into neighborhoods and now the Israeli army is making … 2

Letter: Help in making a difference

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This letter is to publicly thank several local people who have recently helped make a huge difference in the life of a child who is enrolled in our program here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County. “Little Sister” Abby and her “Big Sister” Melissa enjoy doing … 0

Letter: Agent Orange

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Thanks to Pat Hynes, director of Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, for her excellent article of July 8 about Agent Orange and America’s way of conducting the war in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Dow Chemical Company made a lot of money creating chemicals that are still poisoning … 1

Editorial: Our border problem

Friday, July 18, 2014

Americans, we have a problem. Thousands of children from south of our border are trying to enter the United States, some alone and some with adults, and our political gridlock is preventing the federal government from responding in … 0