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Opinion

Editorial: Taking on domestic violence

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Recorder series that has run this week has focused attention on domestic violence and recently passed laws addressing the issue, as well as area efforts to confront this abusive behavior. It’s not an easy problem to solve nor a subject we find pleasant to report upon. Yet it’s clear that keeping silent about domestic violence does more harm than good for both the victims and their abusers. That silence, … 0

In the Arena: Subdued party crowd

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It was a little after 7 when I pulled open the door at Greenfield’s Ocean Grille, prepared to break my own not-exactly-hard-and-fast rule about refusing to attend party fundraisers the week before a state election. I couldn’t resist because this was being billed a both a fundraiser for unopposed 2nd Berkshire Rep. Paul Mark, who always throws a good party, and a Democratic … 0

Letter: What’s possible

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On Jan. 31, 1958, Explorer 1 was put in orbit. It was 6.25 inches in diameter. Wernher Von Braun, a German rocket scientist, is credited with making this United States effort possible. July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 was the space flight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, That historic event took 11 years after tiny Explorer … 1

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Letter: What’s possible

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Letter: A new senior center

Thursday, October 30, 2014

If you’ve had any reason to visit the current Greenfield Senior Center, you may wonder why a new facility has been proposed. It’s true that the activities and programs are amazing and the wonderful staff and myriad volunteers are welcoming and helpful but the list of serious problems … 0

Letter: An effective lawmaker

Thursday, October 30, 2014

We sometimes forget how effective our legislative delegation has been. We are very fortunate to have hard working, intelligent and caring people working for western Massachusetts in Boston. Steve Kulik is at the top of that list. He has sponsored an incredible number of bills for us over … 0

Letter: Fortunate to have him

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Over the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Rep. Steve Kulik on issues related to funding for our local school district. Steve has consistently been available, informed and helpful throughout this process. I don’t think that we’ve had a meeting that he or his … 0

Letter: Kulik makes sense

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Our community is lucky to have a great choice. Democracy is wonderful and it requires good people to participate for it to work well. Although I have never met Dylan Korpita, he seems to be a shining example of a younger, successful, local person who has returned to … 0

Letter: Provide paid sick leave

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Right now in Massachusetts, almost 1 million workers cannot take a single day of paid sick time to visit the doctor or take care of a sick child or themselves. In November, we can change that by voting “Yes” on Question 4, which would guarantee access to earned … 0

Letter: Join me for Lee

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The first time I met Susannah Whipps Lee I had no idea who she was, nor she I. We were at a lunch counter, making small talk about business, community and life. We shared so many commonalities in our story that we became instantly and importantly intertwined. I … 0

Letter: Vote ‘no’ on 1

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The bridges in my town of Heath, and throughout Franklin County, need help. Because of age, weather and wear and tear, many are well past their useful life and pose a real threat to our safety and the local economy. The Dell and Sadoga Road bridges are on … 0

Letter: Dynamic representation

Thursday, October 30, 2014

If I could mention all of Representative Denise Andrews’ accomplishments for the 2nd Franklin District — and beyond — in 300 words or less, I would, but it is simply not possible. From advocacy for homeowners, minimum wage workers, veterans, fathers, seniors, farmers (the list goes on) to … 0

Letter: About fixing bridges

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I am voting “No” on Question 1 and I urge other voters to do so on Tuesday. We need to repair bridges that are closed or deficient. In the town of Whately, we have three that are closed and prevent local landowners direct access to their land and … 0

Letter: Vote for Denise

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I’m backing Denise Andrews to continue to represent me and our area. She has more than proven herself time and time again to have the best interests of her constituents at heart. I have founded her to be accessible, conscientious, articulate and thorough! Her record speaks for itself. … 0