Opinion

Editorial: It’s not art in the parks

Friday, October 31, 2014

Art can be provocative and challenging, leading to all kinds of emotions in the eye of the beholder. However, when she began using our national parks as a canvas, the graffiti artist who goes by “Creepytings” not only brought public attention to her art but in doing so did harm to nature’s artwork. That’s not art, that’s vandalism. According to news reports, she used at least 10 sites of scenic … 0

Newlin/My Turn: Carefully worded proposal

Friday, October 31, 2014

For the past three years, the Whately Municipal Building Committee has been trying to come up with a solution to two problems. The first concerns our town offices. They are split up between different buildings making communications between various departments inefficient. They are not legally accessible and there are no handicap-accessible restrooms; they lack adequate storage space and are in very poor physical … 0

Letter: Educational ed

Friday, October 31, 2014

The regulation of environmental education in public schools is a topic of much debate. I believe that in order to significantly improve Massachusetts public school education, more environmental education should be required in the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks. As someone born the West County, my views on the environment have been shaped by the fortunate experience of growing up in the hill towns of … 0

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Letter: What’s possible

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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

Letter: Three to vote for

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fellow Recorder Readers, I hope we’ll all vote this Nov. 4 and I especially hope we’ll all vote for the three Green-Rainbow Party statewide candidates who’ve taken no money from corporate lobbyists, so would have no favors to pay back the 1 percent afterwards. Please consider voting for … 0

Letter: Clear choices

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It appears that voters — Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike — increasingly agree that state tax hikes over the last four years have been excessive, unfair and hurtful to Massachusetts families. Under the Patrick administration, we’ve seen RMV fees skyrocket, alcohol and tobacco taxes increase wildly and then … 0

Letter: Kulik’s leadership

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A vote for Steve Kulik is a vote for talent, experience, common sense, integrity and persistence. In Leverett, as a Selectboard member, I’ve worked with Steve for years, on big and small issues. He is amazingly fast in responding to any question. He is innovative in finding solutions … 0

Letter: Andrews the right choice

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Vote for Denise Andrews on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Denise is a conscientious, principled, vibrant and dedicated state representative. We are so lucky to have her. The nasty and misleading Jobs First IE PAC campaign against Denise makes me so angry. Don’t fall for it. Denise works hard every … 0

Editorial: Make Coakley next governor

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Politically, Massachusetts is a much more complex place than the usual labels would have you believe. Sure, the state is seen as deeply blue, one of the nation’s Democratic strongholds. And it’s true that Democrats comfortably control both the House and Senate up on Beacon Hill. And the … 0