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In the Arena: Question-raising issues

Thursday, July 2, 2015

It’s the job of any good journalist to write stories that answer the questions uppermost in the minds of their readers, listeners and viewers. But every once in a while, we stumble across stories that leave us asking questions not easily answered. Let’s consider a few from just this past week. ∎ Does Stan Rosenberg secretly want to be a Republican? Probably not, but … 0

Rosenberg/My Turn: Massachusetts helped lead the way

Thursday, July 2, 2015

In one historic 48-hour burst last week, the Supreme Court affirmed what we here in the commonwealth know well: Massachusetts is a trailblazer for equal rights and social justice in the country and the world. On Thursday, the court upheld the Affordable Care Act, a law that was of course modeled on the health care bill we passed here nearly a decade ago. … 0

Hynes/My Turn: History’s teachable moments on pipeline

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The dominant industry argument for the Tennessee Gas Co.’s proposed pipeline through western Massachusetts is that it will provide gas for Boston on peak demand winter days and smaller-scale gas needs in western Massachusetts. If we assume, for the sake of argument, that this is its true intent, then past history offers some lessons for the contested pipeline proposal. In the mid 1960s, … 0

Foote/My Turn: WiredWest effort works for Warwick

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

In a letter published in The Recorder on April 14 regarding the WiredWest initiative in the Town of Warwick, there are a number of points that need to be considered. The need for a fiber-optic cable to the home in Warwick cannot be underestimated. It is highly unlikely … 0

Brown/My Turn: Politics’ false spirituality

Monday, May 11, 2015

Every year, the residents at Taos Pueblo do an interesting thing. They shut their community off to outsiders for an entire month, quite literally, as a Taos Pueblo Police cruiser blocks the entrance and only allows in the folks who live there. Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO World … 0

O’Rourke/My Turn: Invasion of machines on the landscape

Monday, May 11, 2015

The leaf-blower was as loud as a chainsaw at Buckland Shelburne School and it continued for hours, day after day. Along with another large riding machine, the sidewalks were swept clean and the conscientious workers have chased down every leaf in the schoolyard. When the children returned after … 0

Wilson/My Turn: Civil legal aid needs funding

Sunday, May 10, 2015

While it is generally understood that legal representation is guaranteed by the federal and Massachusetts constitutions in criminal cases that involve even the possibility of a jail sentence, no such right exists in most civil cases, even when a person’s home, physical safety, relationship to his or her … 0

Charney/My Turn: Siri joins the family

Friday, May 8, 2015

“Did Fidel Castro die?” my husband asked, apropos of a news report. “No he is still alive,” I replied, first with authority, then becoming more tentative. “I think he died,” my husband asserted, a wee bit more tentative as well. In the past, this wouldn’t have stopped us … 0

In the Arena: Montague heads to the finish line

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Who will be Montague’s next selectman is now in the hands of the voters. The final of three debates between selectmen’s candidates Mark Fairbrother, Rich Kuklewicz and Jacobo Roque was this week. I was privileged enough to moderate that debate and while there were some good moments and … 0

Hazard/My Turn: Environmentally irresponsible

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Christopher Ferrell’s comments on behalf of Berkshire Gas to Franklin County Chamber of Commerce members were not only disrespectful but inaccurate. Like many, it is precisely because I care deeply about the health and economic wellbeing of my community and our plant Earth that I oppose this Kinder … 0

Gran/My Turn: Face the facts of climate change

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A recent Recorder article (April 1) reports “… that officials in Florida and Wisconsin are censoring state workers’ ability to talk about, much less work on, climate change ... Florida Gov. Rick Scott became the leader of this potential trend last month when news emerged that he had … 0

Bourke/My Turn: Time now for safety building

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Saturday, May 9, the voters of Heath will have the opportunity at annual town meeting to vote for the construction of a new Public Safety Building. This building would house the fire, highway, police departments and emergency operations. The research for this building started three years ago after … 0

Kelly/My Turn: These lawmakers serve us well

Monday, May 4, 2015

I read Sherrill Hogan’s letter to the editor in The Recorder (April 21), and wanted to add to her remarks. We are graced with some of the best public officials I have ever had, and I want to thank them for their significant efforts, being willing to go … 3