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: 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

Carolan/My Turn: Witness to the horror

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It’s a warm fall night. The stars are twinkling, the moon hangs low. We are seated on a trailer pulled by a farm tractor, bumping along a deeply rutted road into a broad cornfield along the Connecticut River. There are 16 of us — a portion of the … 0

Letter: Not so scary

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I’ve got to say I haven’t had as good of a laugh as I had today in a little while. I just finished reading Mr. Carville’s letter of Oct. 22. I’m still in stitches. Imagine people thinking that communists (read socialists, etc.) are bent on undoing our way … 0

Letter: Asking for your vote

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Over the course of this campaign, I have demonstrated my ability and commitment to the 1st Franklin District. From my announcement in March, signature gathering in every town, and then knocking on more than 6,500 doors, to the mail-pieces, radio ads, campaign website, fair booths, lawn signs, town … 1

Letter: Effective representation

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Whately has been in the news recently due to a dispute between the town and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The Mill River has been eroding its bank in the vicinity of Whately’s wells and the town needs to take action to prevent the loss of … 0

Letter: Here’s a thought

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Just a thought, here’s something to consider when deciding which way to vote on Question 2 on Tuesday. Maybe a 5-cent deposit on all those individual size water bottles (24-pack is $1.20) will be enough of an incentive to get people to go and buy a reusable bottle … 0