Columns

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

Hynes/My Turn: Agent Orange’s deadly legacy

Monday, July 7, 2014

Vietnam veterans fought an uphill battle to win “presumed exposure” to Agent Orange and not until 1991 did they gain disability, medical and survivor benefits that the Veterans Administration had denied them for 20 years. Recently, another set … 0

Blagg: Shipwreck mysteries

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Reading about the purported discovery of the wreck of the Griffin, the first real ship ever to sail the Great Lakes, took me back to my Bermuda days. One summer in the ’60s, while I was living with my parents during summer break, I worked as an instructor … 0

Charney/My Turn: Nightly bird count

Friday, July 4, 2014

“Auk, albatross, anhinga ....” At night, she counts birds, reciting their names in an alphabetical order. She hopes that their syllables will lull her to sleep. “Blue booted booby, bobolink, bunting.” Some of the birds she knows and has seen, an anhinga drying its wings in the crook … 0

In the Arena: Not all say ‘nay’ to pipeline

Thursday, July 3, 2014

You’d be as likely to find a lynx walking down Main Street these days as a politician willing to say anything remotely positive about the gas pipeline being proposed for Franklin County. Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin broke that streak this past week when he told me that Greenfield … 1

Hawley assessors/My Turn: Toward a fiscal collapse

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Hawley Board of Assessors finds New England Forestry Foundation’s response to the Supreme Judicial Court ruling in their favor (Recorder, June 11), to be, at best, disingenuous. We will not dwell on our conviction that the Appellate Tax Board was, in 2011, correct in its determination that … 0

Hazard/My Turn: Closer look at natural gas

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Do we want and need the natural gas that is being extracted in the USA today? From a business perspective, there is no question that there is money to be made and that the more we have, the … 0

Davis: Our common denominator

Monday, June 30, 2014

“Two forces are in constant battle inside each of us, and in the world,” a grandfather tells his young grandson: “Good and Evil.” “But which will win?” asks the boy. “The one we feed.” Rwandan author and lecturer Joseph Sebarenzi shared this story with more than 55 of … 0

Blagg: Ivory ban enforcement hits sour note

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The other day, poachers used a poison arrow to kill Satao, one of Kenya’s most adored elephants. They then hacked off his 61/ 2-foot-long tusks and carried them off to sell for their ivory, reaping a large reward … 1

In the Arena: Playing hardball with the MIAA

Thursday, June 26, 2014

If anyone is looking for a spare photo of 2nd Hampshire state Rep. John Scibak, you might want to check the dartboards in the executive offices of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. Scibak isn’t too popular with that organization these days, mostly because he had the audacity to … 1

Gijanto/My Turn: Six years very well spent

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

From the moment my wife and I first arrived in Franklin County, I had a strong sense of the community spirit here. And my impression only grew stronger as I met the people I would be working with at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, in the Baystate Medical Practices, … 0