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Blagg: Railroad town at heart

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wow! That’s what I thought when I read the story in The Recorder about Gov. Patrick chugging into town on a special train to announce that the state is spending a pretty good chunk of money — $17 million, he said — to get ready for Amtrak’s Vermonter. The train, which now runs up from Washington, D.C., and New York City through New … 0

Leach/My Turn: Energy emissions

Friday, August 29, 2014

Plans to expand the production of natural gas from shale formations in the United States and around the world may face an as-yet-unseen stumbling block. Atmospheric scientists are concerned that even small amounts of methane leakage from the production and use of natural gas could negate whatever environmental gains have been made in reducing America’s carbon footprint from the much-publicized switch from coal … 0

In the Arena: Ham-handed protest

Thursday, August 28, 2014

An otherwise conciliatory primary race in the 2nd Franklin District took a somewhat ugly turn this week, thanks to what appears to be a case of mistaken political identity. A half-dozen protesters gathered outside Athol Town Hall ostensibly to protest Republican candidate Susannah Whipps Lee, whom the protesters claim violated their First Amendment Rights related to an alleged effort to remove a photograph … 0

In the Arena: Further study required

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The “dog days” of summer are underway for the Greenfield Town Council. The “closer to your grandfather’s” council is going to be busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger over the next couple of months as it tackles a huge number of issues, including ordinances on parking and a … 0

Culleny: The song remains the same

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I read an essay recently by John Michael Greer in his blog, The Archdruid Report. It ends with this: “(now) I’ll … return to the ordinary business of chronicling the decline and fall of industrial civilization.” Ominously, the essay ends there after Greer has run through what he … 0

Giamberardino and Pieters: Strike out smokeless tobacco

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It’s something that’s too familiar. And, sadly, too often are the outcomes. During any major league baseball game, players can be seen with their cheeks extended and a dark fluid being spit out of their mouths. It’s a … 0

Bos/My Turn: Not what I envisioned

Monday, August 11, 2014

Life in these United States has not turned out the way I thought it would. I never had hard and fast plans for how I would live my life. But I did have a set of expectations about … 0

Blagg: Nothing to fear

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It’s a ghastly disease. Its victims suffer terribly, sweating and drooling and racked with pain — and they pass their malady on through the exchange of bodily fluids. Once the symptoms appear, only herculean efforts on the part of attending physicians can save an afflicted person’s life. Despite … 0

Collins: Andrews’ stance baffles supporters

Thursday, August 7, 2014

“Dazed and confused.” That was one of the takeaway quotes this week from Franklin County Opioid Task Force Founder John Merrigan in reaction to Second Franklin State Rep. Denise Andrews’ vote to oppose increased mandatory minimum sentences for convicted drug traffickers. A more apt reaction might be, “we … 3

Donnelly/My Turn: The Dulles' legacy

Monday, August 4, 2014

News of Syria’s civil war had nearly disappeared, shunted aside by newly developing world horrors. Perhaps the U.S. has been quieter about Syria because its policy has accidentally aligned it with the worst of the Islamic terrorists who … 0

Blagg: Switch from gasoline to ethanol linked to higher ozone levels

Sunday, August 3, 2014

We’re all familiar with the fact that when we fill up our cars with gasoline these days, what flows into the tank is really not all gas. Ten percent of that very expensive liquid with which we fuel … 0

O’Hara/My Turn: Open doors?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Uncle Charlie Russell had his own breakfast routine, and included was a thorough viewing of the morning paper. The Recorder-Gazette was an afternoon paper in May of 1939, so I presume that it was his New York Times … 0

Collins: Pipeline positions solidifying

Thursday, July 31, 2014

After several months of relative silence,Beacon Hill lawmakers are finally starting to take a stand against a proposal to string a natural gas pipeline through Franklin County. Late last week, 1st Franklin State Rep. Steve Kulik and 2nd Berkshire Rep. Paul Mark, Berkshire County Reps. Smitty Pignatelli and … 0