Opinion

Editorial: Eyes on the road, not your phone

Friday, February 27, 2015

Just drive. That should be ingrained in the mind of anyone who has a cell phone when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Once that vehicle is moving, their focus has to be on the road. The consequences are just too dangerous otherwise — to anyone else on the road as well as to the car’s passengers. A … 0

Letter: Information changes

Friday, February 27, 2015

Schooled in the 1940s and ’50s (Bement, Deerfield Academy and Yale University), young people were not bombarded, day and night, by TV and the Internet. Papers like yours and radio were the source of news. Today, I hold the “blurring” between information and “entertainment” (designed solely to build viewers and ratings) responsible for the growing public ignorance of factual, science-based data on the … 0

Letter: Response to barbarity

Friday, February 27, 2015

Egypt’s decisive response to the recent episode of barbarism by ISIL (aka. ISIS) terrorists, provides a good example of how this war must be fought, as well as sending a powerful message. When militants from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State”, (a title I would call a gross mischaracterization), brutally beheaded over 20 Coptic Christians, who were also Egyptian nationals, in Libya, Egypt unwaveringly and … 0

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Editorial: A small act that makes sense

Monday, February 16, 2015

If the world is going to have a chance to alter the course of climate change, we suspect it’s going to take more than one approach. And while nations of the world wrestle with their role — jointly and separately — it will require people to make individual … 0

Sheehan: Decommissioning Yankee

Monday, February 16, 2015

After slightly more than 42 years of splitting atoms and generating electricity, the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant was permanently shut down on Dec. 29, 2014, when control room operators inserted dozens of neutron-absorbing control rods into the reactor core for the final time. Entergy, the plant’s owner … 0

Letter: Airplane safety

Monday, February 16, 2015

It was devastating to hear about the disappearance of AirAsia Flight 8501, knowing that my grandparents or any members of my family could have been on that flight. My grandfather had just recently taken an AirAsia flight to travel back to India after visiting my family for the … 0

Letter: Unborn protection

Monday, February 16, 2015

A new Life Conception Act by pro-life lawmakers is being presented to Congress, which, if passed will define unborn children as PERSONS as defined by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and will be entitled to legal protection — thus cause the case for legal abortion to “collapse.” … 1

Letter: Building move, access

Monday, February 16, 2015

Concerning the recent article in The Recorder (Jan. 28) on Davis Street School Administration offices and Special Ed office (second floor). I applaud the mayor’s initiative to relocate the school administration offices. But I have concerns about moving to the Main Street TD Bank building. Specifically, I have … 0

Editorial: Lot use headed in right direction

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Given that the Villa DiMaio Restaurant burned down a little more than 14 years ago, it’s good to learn that the town of Whately is trying to find a good … 1

Blagg: In defense of science

Sunday, February 15, 2015

In my opinion, it’s one of the thorniest problems we have to deal with in the United States — in fact, the world — today ... and I don’t have the foggiest idea of what to do about … 3

Letter: Anti-smoking efforts

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Peter P. d’Errico pointed out an Islamic state murder to publicize anti-smoking beliefs, in an effort to point out the over-zealous nature of their action. Well, Peter, Adolf Hitler, one of the all-time bad guys, was a reformed smoker and hated it. Under his leadership, Germany started anti-smoking … 0

Letter: Apology appreciated

Sunday, February 15, 2015

I wish to thank Joe Maruca for apologizing for his statements that the Board of Selectmen and the firefighters were to blame for difficulties at the Rowe Fire Department. At a meeting on Feb. 7, he admitted that his statements to that effect were in error. Mr. Maruca’s … 0

Editorial: Valentine’s Day not so simple

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine’s Day has arrived: A day devoted to the idea of romance and expressions of love ... heart-shaped cards, something sweet for the sweet or some other symbols of our feelings for a special person in our life. … 0