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





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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The living may not be easy, but exciting instead this summer

By G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

Isn’t summertime supposed to be more laid back? Seriously. Shouldn’t we all be heading to vacation or to the backyard with a beverage in our hands, a loud shirt on our backs and a put off to tomorrow attitude in our heads? Shouldn’t we be packing our bags and heading to our vacation homes?

I’
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Pro- or anti-casino? Make up your mind

By G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

So what is it Massachusetts? Do we like the idea of casino gaming or do we hate it?

I’m a little confused. I thought casino gaming was going to be a big boost t
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