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Editorial: Colrain should move on sewer system

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some old-fashioned advice for Colrain: Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. A significant opportunity has been presented by the state in the form of a $2.5 million grant that would go toward the building of a town center sewer system. That money, while not necessarily covering the entire cost, takes this project well out of the hypothetical realm and into the doable. But it requires residents’ support. Basically, … 0

Gran/My Turn: The science/public gap

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A recent Global Trends 2014 survey of 20 countries by Ipsos MORI indicates that only 54 percent of Americans agree with the statement that “The climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity.” This is the lowest percentage of the 20 countries surveyed, which average 76 percent agreement. … 0

Letter: 96 steps

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I live at the Weldon and clearly the elevator needs to be replaced and I suspect Mr. Henecker is doing the best his company can do BUT I live on the fourth floor so I would like him to know we have more than three floors. Maybe he would like to take the climb some day. I suggest, sir, you get your facts … 0

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Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

Letter: No checks on turbines

Monday, August 18, 2014

It’s no surprise to those who are familiar with wind turbines and the companies that sell them that the Hoosac Wind turbines are out of compliance with the state’s noise regulations. All over the world, people living in the vicinity of wind turbines experience the same health problems. … 0

Letter: Hamas’ fight

Monday, August 18, 2014

I must reply to the untruths in the Miami Herald editorial reprinted in The Recorder on Aug. 8, because they mislead and mis-educate readers who struggle to make sense of the tragedy unfolding in Gaza. I refer to Frida Ghitis’ “Hamas’ Strategy.” True, “Hamas cannot best Israel in … 0

Editorial: Hospital project moved forward

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and North Quabbin area: We’re glad to hear that Baystate Franklin Medical Center has gotten the necessary approval from the Massachusetts Public Health Council to move forward on a plan to replace and renovate its … 0

Blagg: Rules of engagement

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The phrase “rules of engagement” — or ROE — is a familiar one to soldiers and police officers around the world. The rules, which should be drilled into anyone going into combat, or who routinely carries a weapon … 0

Letter: County’s history

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I would like to point out a few areas of concern in Editor Tim Blagg’s piece “The History of Franklin County, Mass.,” which appeared in the Almanac section of The Recorder on Aug. 6. First, I question the exactness of the following statement. In describing the fate of … 0

Letter: ‘Good judgment’

Sunday, August 17, 2014

An “open letter” to Rep. Denise Andrews: Dear Rep. Andrews, I don’t live in your district, I can’t vote for you, and I have never met you. However, I want to thank you for your courage and good judgment in casting the lone vote in the Massachusetts House … 0

Editorial: Connecting with Robin Williams

Friday, August 15, 2014

An entertainer has to make a connection with an audience. Without that connection, chances are you’re not going to be in show business for long. Given the outpouring of grief surrounding the suicide of Robin Williams this week, … 0

Hynes/My Turn: Terror unleashed

Friday, August 15, 2014

On the recent anniversary of the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nine countries — the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea — possess the capability to annihilate the human … 1

Letter: Our pipeline opposition

Friday, August 15, 2014

While lobbying in the State House we watched a fully-grown woman succumb to tears in front of an audience. She was weeping for the blueberry fields that her family had harvested for six generations, which were now jeopardized by the industrial monstrosity known as the Pipeline. We write … 0

Letter: Andrews’ courage

Friday, August 15, 2014

Address an oponent’s arguments before attacking their person,” a fundamental principle of debate says. This maxim addresses a specific fallacy, the ad hominem (literally, “to the man”), defined as: 1. appealing to one’s prejudices, emotions, or special interests rather than to one’s intellect or reason. 2. attacking an … 0