Opinion

Editorial: Navigating dangers, counting blessings

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dangers loom large in the world. This is true now in 2014 as it was in 1620 when this land was a new world being explored by newcomers from Europe. Yet despite those dangers, there are still people who have faith, courage and a desire to make the best of their lives. Those qualities serve them well today, as they … 0

Letter: Military insanity

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In his Nov. 17 column, Editor Blagg says “If the president doesn’t wise up and start taking advice from the men and women who have spent their lives finding ways to confront and kill the nation’s enemies ....” Hmmm. Last I heard, the voters hired the president not the military advisers. I agree with Editor Blagg that bombing from above, without ground support, … 0

Editorial: Graham’s blind to Benghazi facts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

If there’s anything that illustrates the current “take no prisoners” mood in the Congress, it’s Sen. Lindsey Graham’s reaction to a long-awaited report by the House Intelligence Committee on the attack on Sept. 11, 2012, on our diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. An attack there killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. … 0

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Letter: Informing the public

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The last section of your column of Oct. 13 had me thinking that I was reading the first section of Mark Twain’s “The War Prayer,” which should be part of the curriculum in public schools but would probably be censored. It certainly echoed the editorial of Sept. 11, … 0

Editorial: Mitigating weather trouble

Friday, November 14, 2014

Proactive or reactive? It’s a choice, but the former is usually the preferred method, especially when we’re talking about dealing with Mother Nature at her most destructive. So we’re glad to see a number of local communities taking the proactive approach to problems that they’ve seen before, but … 0

Letter: Let Lee speak

Friday, November 14, 2014

In a typically cynical move, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has canceled public hearings until Republicans gain control of Congress. In the meantime, the question voters have is, why is Susannah Lee silent on this subject? Will she respect the wishes of the overwhelming majority of her constituents, who … 0

Letter: On the landscape

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hey Mr. Carville, my Democrat brother (read socialist), if you love the beauty of solar panels and wind turbines so much, you need to visit my home state of Texas. You can drive for hundreds of miles in East Texas and see these awesomely behemoth oil rigs and … 0

Letter: Third-party candidates

Friday, November 14, 2014

Tim Blagg, in his column, “Third-Party Candidates” repeats the common mantra that minor party and independent candidates injure the major party that is closest to them ideologically. Although this idea is expressed frequently, it is wrong. Social science research contradicts it. Samuel Lubell, a pollster who became a … 0

Editorial: Obama’s right call on ‘net neutrality’

Thursday, November 13, 2014

President Barack Obama has called on the use of an old law to address a modern issue. Earlier this week, the president came out strongly in favor of leaving all “lanes” of the world’s Internet highway wide open … 0

In the Arena: Not your typical choice

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin has never been one to shy away from an “out of the box” political move, but His Honor may very well have blown the box apart with his recent hiring of an interim DPW superintendent. Martin announced this week that he has offered the … 0

Letter: All about money

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Great article on that pipeline. FYI: The environmental impact is totally being ignore by Kinder Morgan based on expenses. The original plans through North Reading was to follow existing high tension electric power line route. They even said that they wanted to “minimize environmental impact” by using those … 0

Letter: Not quite ready

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I hope that in one of his future columns, Chris Collins provides a fuller explanation for why he thinks that Dylan Korpita “made the case that he could play at that level” during his recent campaign. My impression, from the coverage and his campaign literature, is that Korpita … 0

Editorial: Baker can help western Mass.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Late last week, Charlie Baker, the governor-elect, visited western Massachusetts. Part of his message for residents outside the Route 128 and I-495 beltways concerned something of great importance — economic development. That talk included stressing the importance of higher education and technical training. “The idea is trying to … 0