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Editorial: 50,000 residents stuck in the middle

Friday, November 21, 2014

Massachusetts has seemingly been able to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to providing health care to its residents. Even with some of the issues associated with the federal Affordable Care Act, the pronouncements coming from Beacon Hill have been that the state continues to move in the right direction when it comes to coverage, innovation and controlling costs. That’s why we find the recent development affecting 50,000 … 0

Charney/My Turn: No walk on the wild side

Friday, November 21, 2014

On the coldest day of the year — the temperature gauge on the car reads 6 degrees — we bring home a cat. “Dune, “ as in sand dune, I suggest for a name. “Why Dune?” my husband asks. Dune, I explain, conjures up the cat’s buff coloring and his yellow-green eyes. “Doom,” our grandson announces instead, preferring the dramatic and savage, a … 0

Letter: My industrial nature

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hey Ms. Gouch, my five conservative children (real God-fearing Americans) live in the Houston area and I’d love to visit them or live there in my golden years, but finances prohibit it, Social Security being what it is. I’d love to see the oil fields with those awesomely behemoth rigs pumping away. I love mechanical things working away, it’s a guy thing. I’d … 0

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Kelly/My Turn: Don’t miss out on solar savings in Greenfield

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I was delighted to see the headline “Making the Switch to Solar Power” on the front page of the Recorder on Monday, Nov. 3, and especially noted that the continuation of the article was placed right next to the Climate Change Report from the United Nations. Although The … 0

Editorial: Saluting those who served

Monday, November 10, 2014

It’s just four years until the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. It was on this day in 1918 that The Great War, which had produced so much death and destruction, came to an end. … 0

Hynes/My Turn: The choice is ours

Monday, November 10, 2014

A revolution in energy is underway in Massachusetts, with western Massachusetts at the heart of it. Recently, a community gathering celebrated nearly 40 years of local (and global) opposition to nuclear power, from the toppling of the Northeast Utility monitoring tower on the Montague Plains in 1974 to … 0

Letter: Plan for Whately

Monday, November 10, 2014

The issue of consolidating town offices has been debated for long enough. The best solution available NOW is for the town of Whately to purchase the Massachusetts Library Building in OUR industrial park. Using the asking price and adding funds for interior renovations would cost the average taxpayer … 0

Letter: Kinder Morgan’s help

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thank you, Kinder Morgan! The pipeline proposal you are pushing has given us some wonderful opportunities. It is giving people concerned about climate change a clear and immediate target. It is pushing us to develop an alternative, comprehensive green energy policy. It is laying the foundation for one … 0

Editorial: Poll workers deserve our thanks

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: As thankful as people are that this year’s election is now in the rearview mirror, we would be remiss if we didn’t offer a public thanks to the men and … 0

Blagg: Third-party candidates

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Third-party candidates pose a thorny question in American politics. Although there are some successes in our history — after all, John C. Fremont’s Republican Party — formerly the Whigs — began as an anti-slavery alternative to James Buchanan’s … 0

Editorial: Frontier’s safety plan worked

Friday, November 7, 2014

Having a school system safety plan — an emergency procedure to protect students, teachers and staff in the case of an attack — has become an unfortunate necessity in modern America. What the nation saw at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut or Columbine High School in Colorado, … 0

Worgaftik/My Turn: Embracing a new economy

Friday, November 7, 2014

In Franklin County, we work to create jobs, especially those that pay a living wage. We also develop our communities by building better broadband, more solar electric opportunities and refurbishing deteriorating buildings. We don’t spend as much time on considering what we want our overall economic structure to … 0

Editorial: It’s the Republicans’ turn

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The nation’s midterm election was decidedly unkind to the Democrats. Voters, frustrated with the president, Congress, the economy, taxes, international affairs, immigration, same-sex marriage, abortion, the Affordable Care Act ... you name it, decided that Democrats, incumbent or not, should pay the price. Across the country, Republicans candidates … 0