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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: Backing Andrews

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I am one veteran who wholeheartedly supports Rep. Denise Andrews in her bid for re-election, in spite of the partisan political mailers which seem to arrive weekly with new distortions of her record on veterans and on local aid. Rep. Andrews has made the lives of veterans in … 0

Letter: Behind the scenes

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Rick Green’s My Turn column on Oct. 21 was disingenuous at best. He tried to make it seem that he was only arguing for more openness in the legislative process at Beacon Hill. But his organization, MassFiscal, isn’t really devoted to openness; it’s devoted to defending the interests … 0

Letter: Short on details

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Although I grew up and live in Deerfield, I hadn’t heard of Dylan Korpita previous to his campaign for state representative. While I therefore have no special insight into the candidate, I do respect the general good sense of the community in which we both were raised and … 0

Letter: Our best interests

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I am voting Tuesday for Denise Andrews who has been a good representative for the town of New Salem and for the 2nd Franklin District. She is principled, devoted, intelligent and caring. She really likes the people she serves. The flyers sent out to local voters by lobby … 0

Letter: Slim pickings

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates out of touch with the public. Initially I was pleased that Charlie Baker was running for governor again. As a Libertarian, I was happy with his fiscally conservative and socially liberal views. On Aug. 29, I sent in a request for printed information I could … 0

Letter: It’s a gamble

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Next week, we will be faced with a ballot question regarding casino gambling. The present law allows for there to be three casinos in Massachusetts.The ballot question would repeal the law that allows those casinos. I don’t like either alternative and I believe that both are violations of … 0

Letter: Can’t afford to lose him

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Steve Kulik has done much for our district. This area contains some of the most productive farmland in the country, Steve has been one of the strongest advocates in the Legislature for preserving that land, while at the same time strengthening agriculture and the farm economy. Steve has … 0

Letter: Keep them in office

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On Tuesday Nov. 4, the 1st and 2nd Franklin districts will have a choice. I’m urging voters to stick with the winning team of Reps. Steve Kulik and Denise Andrews. Both of these public servants have worked hard to bring resources to western Massachusetts, to serve their constituents … 0

Letter: All about the cash

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It’s unbelievable. Some think, and are trying to convince others, that Question 2 is about something besides money. They spatter on about incentivizing conservation and other such drivel in one breath and drool about how they’d love to spend all that unclaimed deposit money in the next. This … 0

Letter: Andrews shines

Thursday, October 30, 2014

During the run-up to our election next week, the negative ads and misinformation are running rampant. Negative ads are the bane of any election cycle and I am saddened and angered when they appear on TV or in my mail. Denise Andrews has not resorted to such tactics … 0