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Editorial: Saluting Orange’s plans

Friday, December 19, 2014

We’re glad to see that a group of nonprofit planners in Orange are working on the town’s waterfront, seeing it as one way to renewed regional prosperity. They envision an area paved with bike paths, boat launches and fully accessible public fishing piers — and are in the final stages of a deal with Erving Paper CEO Morris Housen for a low-cost lease of a seven-acre riverfront plot. The land … 0

Letter: Thanks, utility workers!

Friday, December 19, 2014

We would like to express our appreciation for the diligent effort put forth to restore power to the thousands of people who lost their electricity due to the storm on Nov. 26. Some of you come from as far as Canada and others from nearby. You had to work in hazardous conditions and cope with the cold and heavy falling snow, but that … 0

Letter: They should have been freed

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thank goodness for lawyers like Stewart “Buz” Eisenberg. After years of unpaid work and dedicated effort his last client has left our prison camp on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sometimes when the law fails, as it did in the case of the Guantanamo detainees, lawyers can only serve as witness to illegality and injustice. This is heartbreaking, frustrating work, but very important, not only … 0

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Clarke/My Turn: Oh that liberal media bias

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

“Clark — that’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year …” — “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” I like to think of the liberal media as my own personal jelly-of-the-month club. Give, they do. The tragedy in … 0

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