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Jim Bates: The Earth’s climate

05-23-2024 5:57 PM

Climate change. Of course, the Earth’s climate changes. It always has and always will.Twenty thousand years ago, our beautiful valley was covered in a mile high sheet of ice, the climate changed, the ice melted, and voila!We are mowing our lawns and...

My Turn: Not so divided under the surface

05-23-2024 6:01 AM


 This is the time of year that I think about dividing daffodils, tulips, iris and day lilies. I know, I know; I am supposed to do this in the fall, when the bulbs, corms and tubers can be resettled for the winter, to rise again to bloom the following...

Marguerite Willis: Column on treatment of dogs, children spot on

05-22-2024 4:59 PM

Thanks to columnist Jon Huer for his excellent piece of observation that we feed our dogs better than our children [“Of dogs and men,” Recorder, May 18]. I know my eyes cross with frustration when I see or hear dog food ads and realize less care is...

My Turn: Quabbin bill a bid for ‘more just future for our region’

05-21-2024 5:06 PM


 I read Mike Magee’s My Turn column with concern [“Quabbin region will never see any benefits from reservoir,” Recorder, May 13]. Since it was published, I have received messages from constituents asking why I support giving more Quabbin water to...

My Turn: Should ‘America’ be a synonym for the ‘United States of America’?

05-21-2024 5:01 PM


A little more than a year ago, after I published a column about the most toxic myths surrounding the issue of immigration, I received an email from a reader that took me to task about my use of the word “America” to refer to the United States of...

Peter Flynn: Questions claim of violence

05-21-2024 4:58 PM

I appreciate that writer Kevin J. Smith is so articulate and able to cogently express his views in our newspaper. I do wonder about some of his facts [“Unwelcome gift in mailbox: A flag that won’t be flying,” Recorder, May 17]. The writer states that...

Chris Orlen: My Pride flag: A different perspective

05-21-2024 4:58 PM

The writer of a recent column was offended by the gift of Pride flags to Haywood Street residents and he wrote all about it [“Unwelcome gift in mailbox: A flag that won’t be flying,” Recorder, May 17]. My perspective is different. I have lived on...

My Turn: Hamas strategy of sacrificing civilians crime against humanity

05-20-2024 5:17 PM


As Israel’s rockets crash into Gaza, smashing the country to rubble and crushing the population, scenes of stupefying devastation overwhelm us. We grieve the loss of innocent lives, in both Israel and Gaza. And yet, as horrifying as it is to...

My Turn: ‘Carrots’ alone won’t change climate arc

05-20-2024 5:17 PM


There has been some discussion of carrots and sticks in our nation’s climate policy. Why? What’s at stake here and why does it matter?The metaphor apparently goes back more than a century to a cartoon that portrayed a race between two donkey riders —...

Danielle Miller: On Riley Gaines

05-20-2024 5:13 PM

Activist and swimmer Riley Gaines fights for women’s rights. She doesn’t believe trans women should be competing against biological women in women’s sports. Not surprisingly, Ms. Gaines has been assaulted and been labeled a “hate purveyor.” Now she is...

Laura Schlaikjer: Greenfield Garden Club alive and well

05-20-2024 5:13 PM

It was a pleasure to read Mickey Rathbun’s recent piece on plant sales and getting out to view gardens in person in the Recorder’s May 14 Home & Garden section. I’d like to add that the Greenfield Garden Club is hosting their 28th Garden Tour on June...

My Turn: Power play an existential threat to the region

05-19-2024 1:53 PM


In the forests and dales of western Massachusetts, an existential threat to the natural resources of the region has quietly built itself up in the guise of statewide clean energy policy. First large-scale solar, and now battery energy storage...

My Turn: Unraveling the mystery — Warmer sea, cool land

05-19-2024 1:52 PM


 Why did sea surface temperatures go up when summer air temperatures did not? This perplexing question arose after last summer’s unusual findings.Ocean surface water temperatures off Boston, Portsmouth and Portland were nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit...

My Turn: My personal Middle East peace plan

05-19-2024 1:52 PM


 Seeing that the Israelis and the Palestinians are stuck with each other, it’s time for my comprehensive peace plan. None of the following is particularly original or realistic, but it sure beats the endless cycle of fratricidal violence between these...

Jasper Lapienski: On the justification for war

05-19-2024 1:49 PM

If a small child hits a bigger child, most of us would understand if the big kid hits back. After all, the other one started it. If, on the other hand, the bigger child chooses to turn the other cheek rather than retaliate — well, we would honor this...

As I See It: Of dogs and men

05-17-2024 2:24 PM


It is universally agreed that we as humans are better off than dogs in America, in intelligence, dignity, health, etc. Two crucial facts contradict this notion. So, let’s get to these facts:FACT ONE: New York’s rich hotel heiress Leona Hemsley,...

Connecting the Dots: ‘They can say they don’t care, but they can’t say they didn’t know’

05-17-2024 2:22 PM


“Sometimes it is almost impossible not to feel hopeless and broken,” says climate scientist Ruth Cerezo-Mota. “After all the flooding, fires, and droughts of the last three years worldwide, all related to climate change, and after the fury of...

Karen Traub: What it means when you lose a public library

05-17-2024 2:19 PM

With no library, the town of Orange will lose state aid, reciprocity with other towns, access to grants, and property value. Defunding the library will not make up for the budget shortfall and will harm the town for years to come. When you lose a...

My Turn: Too often, what we got sold not what we got

05-16-2024 8:47 PM


Liberals are liberals until the bill is due or the policy they advocated for negatively affects them. Conservatives are conservative until they benefit from government or need the help of government.Maybe we should try to stop identifying and labeling...

Bill Knittle: Rowe Elementary is looking for people with a cool job

05-16-2024 8:44 PM

Rowe Elementary is hosting “That’s A Cool Job!” Day on Wednesday, June 5. It’s a day for anyone to share with the Rowe students what your job is, why you love it, and what makes it interesting. Learning about the wide array of jobs and careers right...

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