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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

Blagg: Before war was unleashed

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It was nearly 100 years ago next month that the opening salvos of the Great War thundered across the Belgian countryside — the Great Powers of the world were throwing their manpower and industrial might at each other in a titanic struggle that would change the world forever. … 0

Hogen/My Turn: The right question

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I appreciate Tim Blagg’s writing about Israel’s war on Gaza (July 21), because when respected members of our community talk about an issue, it makes us pay attention. However, I don’t think Blagg asks the best question, i.e., why many more Palestinians are dying than Israelis, nor can … 0

Tolg/My Turn: My stroke made me think

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A few minutes before the start of Christmas, I had a stroke. I was up late waiting for a phone call from my son, asking me to pick him up. I thought my right leg had gone to sleep and just sat there at the dining room table, … 1

Brown/My Turn: Fratricidal brothers

Friday, July 25, 2014

Back during the Clinton administration, political cartoonist Pat Oliphant had a perfect artistic device for illustrating the never-ending Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Two twin toddlers, one labeled “Israel,” the other “Palestine” charge into the Oval Office howling, “We need out … 0

In the Arena: Back to the drawing board

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Maybe we should start referring to it as the “ordinance that will not die.” Seriously, there are cyborgs in “Terminator” movies that are easier to kill than Greenfield’s proposed noise control ordinance, which was sent back to committee this week after the Town Council voted to sustain Mayor … 0

Bates/My Turn: Do some energy math

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let’s do the math concerning wind and solar energy as they relate to western Massachusetts. First, let me get this out of the way. If you are anti-CO2, anti-nuclear, anti-methane, then you must be for darkness. Because darkness … 2

Charney/My Turn: Brush with 'alligator teeth'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My message machine blinked its red light. It was the first thing I noticed. “Grandma are you OK?” was the message. “I’m worried about you.” I called back immediately, even before I dropped my bags and sat down. … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Russia’s growing appetitie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Putin’s attempt to seize the Ukraine and his successful annexation of Crimea in part was provoked by June 27, the date that the European Union (EU), Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia had set for bringing these countries into a … 0

Coli/My Turn: Hardly a compromise

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is a letter we sent to Rep. Kulik, and Sens. Downing and Dempsey in regard to a bill (H4185) pending in the Legislature. Gentlemen, My wife Norma and I would like to go on record concerning our disappointment with the recent release of H4185 (the so-called “compromise … 0

Blagg: Middle East missiles

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The news from the Middle East just keeps getting worse and worse. Teenagers kidnapped and murdered, young children hit by artillery fire, thousands of rockets being fired at random into neighborhoods and now the Israeli army is making … 2