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Each week, managing editor G. Michael Dobbs looks at issues in the Pioneer Valley that affect our readers.





Effort to bring illegal immigrants is bad policy and bad politics

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

If there is one issue that indicates just how broken our ability is to work out solutions it’s illegal immigration.The non-functioning of government was on display on several levels last week locally when Gov. Deval Patrick offered two locations to federal authorities as sites to temporarily...
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Casinos aren’t like just any other business

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

I just received an email from the American Gaming Association (AGA), a trade group for the gaming industry. Since it did not implore me to wire money to someone or buy a new miracle cure for something, I took a look.It seems the gr...
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Do you have the answers to my questions?

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

I get to be professionally ignorant in this job. I’m actually allowed not to know everything and asking questions is part of my business. The following are a number of queries for which I’m seeking answers.Why is it political candidates send me emails imploring me for coverage but when I cal...
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Court decision poses question: whose religious ‘freedom’ matters more?

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

I was reading Facebook the other day and one of my friends posted, “Another Supreme Court victory! We have religious rights!” in reaction to the Supreme Court ruling on the Hobby Lobby case.Hobby Lobby’s owners do not want their employees to have access to contraception through the company’s...
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ABC40, Fox6 sale to Meredith Broadcasting would erodes freedom of the press

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

If the Federal Communications Commission approves the sales of ABC40 and Fox6 to Meredith Broadcasting a real disservice to the people of western Massachusetts will take place.Meredith operates the Hartford and Springfield incarnations of Cha...
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