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Opinion

Editorial: Controlling the pipeline message

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Scheduling a briefing for the county’s business community as an invitation-only event falls far short of our definition of inclusive — or smart. That was the plan, however, concocted by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce — to bring in Kinder Morgan, Berkshire Gas and other energy-related concerns to talk to chamber board members and area big energy users about gas capacity, future concerns … 0

In the Arena: Leaving a sour taste

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I’m sure that a number of Beacon Hill Democrats will miss having one of their own in the corner office, but I’m not sure they will all be heart-broken to see Deval Patrick exit stage left — or, far-left, depending on your perspective. Steve Kulik, state representative for 1st Franklin District and vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, certainly seemed … 0

Letter: Our culture of abuse

Thursday, November 27, 2014

With the recent allegations of rape against Bill Cosby difficult to dismiss or wave away as a conspiracy when over a dozen women have come forward, it is glaringly apparent that our current culture of abuse against women is reaching its zenith. With every news outlet in the world reporting the daily abuse, torture, rape and murder of women — even more shocking … 0

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Blagg: President out of touch

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It’s time to take a step back and look at our efforts to deal with ISIS, the so-called “Islamic State” group that has caused so much suffering and death in Iraq and Syria. Unfortunately, it’s becoming clear that … 0

Letter: Fun First Friday

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thanks to the organizers and merchants involved in Nov. 7’s First Friday event. Although I have been to several, “Mystery on Main” is my favorite theme so far. Dark, brisk, windy — a perfect evening for a mystery! What a treat it was to meet my partner and … 0

Letter: Stabilization cash

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Kudos to Rowe voters for voting “yes” on Article 12 at the Nov. 12, Special Town Meeting. The Stabilization Fund is our town’s savings account, so it is important that we keep a substantial balance in this account in anticipation for what the future might hold. For 14 … 0

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