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Editorial: More power for community

Friday, August 22, 2014

Greenfield Mayor William Martin’s push to create a municipal conduit for electrical power may not be unique — there are plenty of communities that have their own municipal electric utility — but it’s important nevertheless. That’s because it’s about the power of community. “This will be a great economic development tool for us,” Martin told The Recorder’s Anita Fritz. “Large companies use a lot of electricity and we will be … 0

Meyer/My Turn: Disturbing change of course

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vermont Yankee, the last of the region’s nuclear plants, will close in December. In response, GDF-Suez FirstLight’s Nortfield Mountain Pumped Storage plant is looking to change its stripes. On June 27, it applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a “temporary” license amendment to allow it broad new freedoms to consume unprecedented amounts of the Connecticut River from Dec. 1, 2014 through … 0

Letter: Finding a candidate

Friday, August 22, 2014

With the election of a new governor coming up this November, I need a candidate I can support. I want to elect someone who really cares about ALL the people, not just the wealthy and powerful. I need someone who understands that our climate is changing and we humans have to power to make things either better or worse. My candidate is very … 0

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Editorial: Our strategic change in Iraq

Monday, August 11, 2014

In an effort to slow, or even reverse, the alarming expansion by Islamic militants from Syria into Iraq, Washington is directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces in the area. The Kurds, who proved to be able allies in the U.S. fight against Sunni insurgents during the Iraq War, … 0

Bos/My Turn: Not what I envisioned

Monday, August 11, 2014

Life in these United States has not turned out the way I thought it would. I never had hard and fast plans for how I would live my life. But I did have a set of expectations about … 0

Letter: Colrain Center musings

Monday, August 11, 2014

Years ago, Colrain Center was prosperous. Both churches were sanctuaries, people shopped locally, walking place to place, so two stores were busy, too. Also, the houses were large, which provided space for family businesses. Times change! People shop Wal-Mart! Recently, someone said, “The town center isn’t attracting people.” … 0

Letter: Sunday business

Monday, August 11, 2014

I am very saddened and disappointed by the recent law allowing liquor stores to open at 10 a.m. on Sundays. I am convinced that there would be a lot less problems if people filled their local churches on Sunday mornings instead of their local liquor stores ... God … 0

Letter: An energy solution?

Monday, August 11, 2014

The solution to the problem regarding the Northeast’s potential energy shortage is here. According to a press release from Solar Hydrogen Trends Inc. (www.SolarHydrogenTrends.com), a series of tests on the company’s “cold fusion” hydrogen reactor has proven it capable of producing far more hydrogen than the energy required … 2

Editorial: To everything there is a season...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Scorecard! Get yer scorecard! Ya can’t tell the players without a scorecard! The familiar chant is particularly pertinent these days for anyone watching a Boston Red Sox game. Mookie Betts? … 0

Blagg: Nothing to fear

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It’s a ghastly disease. Its victims suffer terribly, sweating and drooling and racked with pain — and they pass their malady on through the exchange of bodily fluids. Once the symptoms appear, only herculean efforts on the part of attending physicians can save an afflicted person’s life. Despite … 0

Letter: Dog problems

Sunday, August 10, 2014

For the first time in many years, homeowners in the vicinity of Lincoln-Smith-High streets have observed several dogs off the leash roaming in their yards. They leave excrement and do damage such as knocked over vegetable and flower plants. I have a small pond and saw a large … 0

Letter: Why add tech to highway?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I’m writing to alert all taxpaying citizens that our taxes are slated to pay $17.5 dollars in “Blue Tooth” accessible signs along the Massachusetts highways. Gov. Patrick has already signed the bill. These signs are intended to give “Blue Tooth (smart phone and GPS) users” an accurate time … 0

Letter: Repeal this vote!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

As a Northfield property owner, our household is now responsible for the cost of another 79 cents per $1,000 of tax valuation due to the July 8 school budget override vote. This is not a temporary tax, but a permanent tax that will be included in all my … 0