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Opinion

Editorial: Closing the digital divide in Mass.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

While broadband Internet service might once have been considered a luxury, that’s no longer the case. This high-speed method of transmitting data and other information has to be seen as a necessity and a crucial component for economic stability and growth, no matter where you might live in Massachusetts. Yet, economics have held back rural parts of the state when it comes to having such a service, particularly in the … 0

In the Arena: Rosenberg’s road ahead

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A few quick hitters as we prepare to say adios to the summer of 2015. Senate President Stan Rosenberg appears to have taken to heart the criticism over his perceived silence regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline. After months of trying to ride down the middle of the road, Rosenberg has recently made a series of very strong statements on the … 0

Letter: Lucky to have him

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Orange is very fortunate to have a leader like Jim Young. When I was children’s librarian at Wheeler Memorial Library, Jim’s mother would regularly bring him and his sisters to the library. From the time he could first talk, every time he came in, I would hear, “Do you have any books about firefighters?” “Do you have any books about fire trucks?” Jim … 0

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Editorial: The people behind Internet choices

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Letter: Defining racism

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What does racism mean? Racism is a belief that one race is superior to the other or the practice of treating a person or group of people differently on the basis of their race. Racial intolerance is a lack of toleration; unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect … 0

Letter: Warren MIA on pipeline

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I am so disillusioned. Where is Sen. Elizabeth Warren? She has been MIA, Missing In Action, on the New England Direct pipeline for a whole year! The last time she made a public statement against the pipeline was exactly a year ago. I have called and written her … 0

Editorial: Making more of a vision for Orange

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A vision for what the economic future holds for Orange is in the eye of the beholder. What residents see is colored by many factors, such as how long they have lived in town, their experience, personal interests and sense of community. In seeing Orange and economic revitalization, … 0

Bos/My Turn: Dream becomes nightmare

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence that proclaims, “all men are created equal” with the right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The American Dream is the national ethos of America, a … 0

Letter: Old Home Days

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

We always like to thank all who participated in the 56th Montague Old Home Days. This year we extend a special thanks to all the participants in our “Car Show,” whether they were antiques, racing or unique in some way. We were also visited by the Mohawk Rambler … 0

Letter: Need versus want

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

In its evaluation of the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline, FERC should be considering NEED not WANT. Of course the industries constructing infrastructure and supplying the gas want to sell more. That’s their job. Of course businesses using readily available gas to keep their prices low want more gas … 0

Letter: Student ambassador

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

For the past nine years, the Volunteer Services Department at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center has been running a program called the Student Ambassadors, designed to expose high school students to the field of medicine. This program takes place every summer and lasts for six weeks starting in … 0

Editorial: Area’s Amtrak ridership holds promise but ...

Monday, August 24, 2015

Are these trains — Amtrak’s Vermonter and other north-south service — bound for glory? If so, wishing won’t make it so — and it may be time for officials to stop salivating over the potential for economic development. Only patient and continued public investment in routes, schedules and … 0

Hazard/My Turn: The right power connection for Greenfield

Monday, August 24, 2015

Are you struggling to decide what is the best deal for electricity? If you are like me, a Greenfield resident, you get annoying calls offering you “a better deal than you have today.” So, what to do? For me, the decision is easy. I’m sticking with Greenfield Light … 0

Letter: About those big boxes ...

Monday, August 24, 2015

I take issue with The Recorder’s lead headline on Aug. 11: “Big Box proponents can send comments to court.” After reading the article carefully, it’s apparent that “all interested parties” can submit comments — opponents, too! Is The Recorder showing some bias here? I also question Mayor Martin’s … 0