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Editorial: Thanks, TSA

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Any American who flies regularly knows what a pain it is to take off their shoes and belts, open their bags, get rid of “sharps” and large liquid containers. Even water bottles, for heaven’s sakes! But... we also know that the Transportation Safety Administration — those TSA minions in blue uniforms — are trying to keep us safe. Nobody wants their aircraft to be attacked by some fanatic — so … 0

Letter: Why no rifle range?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Why no rifle range? I have very fond memories of Camp Apex and Paul Seamans. Although the camp offered many activities, the rifle range was my favorite. Frankly, I was surprised to read that it is no longer used. About eight years ago, I wrote a letter to Mr. Seamans. Here is a portion of the letter: “Almost every time I pick up … 0

Letter: My trip to Israel ... a vacation in a war zone!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I just returned from a trip to Israel where I inadvertently entered a war zone! My husband, son and I went there for my eldest son’s wedding as he had met an Israeli girl. Unfortunately, shortly before we were scheduled to go, three Israeli boys had been kidnapped and killed and things had heated up exponentially between Israelis and Palestinians. Immediately before our … 0

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Bates/My Turn: Do some energy math

Letter: Connect the grid

Friday, July 18, 2014

Did you know that a portion of Massachusetts residents are being driven from their homes as the result of the Green Communities Act? Informed New England residents have an opportunity to prevent unprecedented damage to the earth. “Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid” is a definitive resource for … 0

Letter: Dispensary delays

Friday, July 18, 2014

The law commanded the agency to have at least one treatment center open and serving patients in each county by early last winter. The law is also explicit that until treatment centers are open, qualified patients with a recommendation or their designated caregiver registered with the department may … 1

Editorial: Dairy farming a tough job

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dairy farming in the Northeast has never been a get-rich-quick proposition. While plenty of parents — especially those with teenage boys — may say that milk is a staple in their homes, it turns out that milk consumption in the United States has been dropping. Milk’s rate of … 0

In the Arena: Holding a winning hand in pipeline poker?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It appears that state lawmakers have a “constitutional ace” they may be able to play in the ongoing political poker game surrounding a proposed natural gas pipeline across the state, including Franklin County. “Article 97” of the Massachusetts Constitution mandates that any land with a conservation restriction — … 0

Letter: Pipeline resistance

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I think Mayor William Martin, Gov. Deval Patrick and other professional politicians are too quick to accept offers of “economic renewal” from any proposed gas pipeline company of which Kinder Morgan is only one. Extreme vigilance is needed by all of us who reside in western Mass. (and … 0

Smith/My Turn: Dr. Seuss, is it?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dear Dr. Seuss, First of all, are you really a doctor? Because if you are I have this thing growing on my pinky toe. It’s a little bit crusty and looks kind of like a baby carrot. If one were to grow a sixth toe wouldn’t that happen … 0

Letter: Hummus choices

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The recent tragic events in Israel/Palestine — occasioned by the senseless killing of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers — lead us to raise our voices in support of the historic, rights-based call to the international community for Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) targeted at Israeli oppression in Palestine. Where … 0

Letter: Court errors

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To say that the Supreme Court justices have erred in placing corporations above people, and that Congress needs to find a way to fix this is the same as saying that my opinion is greater than those of the highest court in the land — such arrogance! The … 0

Editorial: Educate, rather than dictate on plastics

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Educate or dictate? We’ll take the former. We thought educating people about the ills associated with plastic bags or plastic bottles was preferable when a Greenfield resident proposed banning them last year and we continue to think that with the revised proposal that looks to include more prohibited … 0

Clancy/My Turn: Don’t let pipeline land here

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I am a farmer’s daughter, born and raised in Sunderland, taught to respect the land and to not be wasteful. My brother and I own our family’s land, much of which is under 61A conservation protection. We rent to local farmers. Even though the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline … 0