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Editorial: Leave ‘birthright’ alone

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Anti-immigration fervor consumes too much energy, especially in Congress. Having seen legislative efforts stumble or fall short in either keeping undocumented immigrants out or sending home those already here, sights are now set on a higher goal: denying United States birthright citizenship by changing the Constitution’s 14th Amendment. Ratified in 1868, the 14th amendment has its roots in the Civil War and Reconstruction and the status of the freed slaves. … 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 a vigorous annual town meeting debate over the purchase of a building to house the … 0

Zinan/My Turn: A crowded Republican presidential field

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

With the first presidential primary a mere nine months away, Republican contenders are lining up in droves in their quest for the highest political office. The Democratic Party has chosen to live or die with Hillary Rodham Clinton, though Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is running for the nomination, too. Meanwhile, the potential GOP candidate pool is in the teens. In no particular order … 1

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Letter: Councilor went too far

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I appreciated the April 23 coverage of the Appointments and Ordinances Committee meeting that was held on April 13 to discuss an ordinance proposed by Isaac Mass that would invalidate legally enacted Board of Health regulations. I attended the meeting and observed, with disgust, the rude and disrespectful … 0

Letter: Knowing history

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Brad Brigham and Lou Barber, on the same page, on the same day, addressing serious matters that concern all of us, encourage me that there are people in this world who realize the truth of Bob Marley’s dictum “ ... if you know your history, then you know … 0

Editorial: Call for help with EMT shortage

Monday, May 4, 2015

Eighty square miles, about 2,050 people, narrow winding roads — and too few EMTs. That’s the bind that Charlemont, Rowe and Hawley find themselves in as the 21st century unfolds with all its mobile medical marvels. Because the three towns served by Charlemont Ambulance Service can’t muster enough … 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

Letter: WiredWest plan cost effective

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hussain Hamdan’s opinion on the cost of Hawley’s “go/no-go” choice to join WiredWest is based upon a narrow vision limited to the potential financial exposure of towns to the costs of a bond issue. This view overlooks the powerful long-term benefits to the region of having fiber-optic and … 0

Letter: Nonviolent protest works

Monday, May 4, 2015

In response to Cate Woolner’s My Turn piece, “Calling Attention to Racism: act of civil disobedience least I could do,” I’d like to applaud you and the other 14 people arrested along with you in Springfield on April 14, as well as your April 23 article. History has … 1

Letter: A noble spirit

Monday, May 4, 2015

After almost 20 years away from Greenfield and now residing within view of “Federal Street North” school, where I attended fourth, fifth and sixth grades, 1959 through 1962, and having thought about students and instructors and all the bittersweet times of these years, I saw the obituary of … 0

Editorial: House has to keep eye on SNAP

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re sorry to see the state House of Representatives did not act on a proposed amendment aimed at solving some recent problems with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly … 0

Donelan/My Turn: Corrections officers leading the way

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Today, May 4, through Friday, May 8, is National Correctional Officers’ Week. This is a yearly opportunity, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, to recognize the hard work involved in the often difficult field of corrections. Each year, we have some events at the House of Correction … 0

Letter: Make it fiber-optic

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Why do we need fiber-optic Internet service? WiredWest and several broadband committees have examined various alternatives. Princeton, Leverett and WiredWest did thorough research before deciding on fiber optic. The WiredWest and Princeton websites post their research and conclusions. Verizon will be phasing out DSL, according to statements by … 0