Opinion

Editorial: Warm the Children

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As Tom Bevacqua pointed out in his usual weekly column in Monday’s Recorder, we’re in a period of seasonal transition, one where we have to say goodbye to any lingering summer days and be prepared for what late fall tends to bring to us here in Franklin County. In other words, it’s time to get ready for the cold. As residents of the area know, for many families, that’s sometimes … 0

Andrews/My Turn: Making my record clear

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Another week, another misleading attack mailing is sent on behalf of the Republican Party. It appears that after the accuracy of claims presented in its first mailing was quickly discredited, MassFiscal.org is now back at it, with seemingly unlimited financial resources to spend on their partisan political agenda. I believe the voters of this district deserve better, more constructive politics and campaigns. That … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: Powerful tool for food donations

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The United States Senate has the opportunity to provide a powerful boost to charitable organizations like The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts working to improve lives and strengthen communities here in western Massachusetts and across the country. In July 2014, the House of Representatives approved the America Gives More Act, landmark legislation that would make three major charitable giving incentives permanent and reliable … 0

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Editorial: Buoniconti’s homework

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We’re glad that Mohawk Trail Regional School District Superintendent Michael Buoniconti is doing his homework when it comes to a four-day school week. Such a possible shift in the school week would be a change that would have an impact beyond the classroom. Buoniconti’s research is in large … 0

Bos/My Turn: Our cancer connection

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We call it the “Big C” (along with some other things) in our weekly men’s support meetings at Cancer Connection just across Locust Street from Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Founded in 2000, the nonprofit Cancer Connection (www.cancer-connection.org/) is at heart a “living room,” where each Wednesday at … 0

Letter: History of ‘the flip’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

First and foremost a thank you to Trish Crapo for her lovely article about our wonderful restaurants and how we find inspiration for the delicious cocktails we serve. I would like the opportunity to clarify my comments about the history on the “flip” cocktail. The flip first appeared … 0

Letter: Our card project

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

For the last 11 years, we have been sending Christmas cards to the Wounded Warriors. We asked many people to help us in this project. We needed someone to write on our card — fire departments, police departments, workers from Staples, Dunkin Donuts, people on the street, VFW, … 0

Editorial: Say ‘yes’ to repeal on Question 1

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Questions about the gas tax in Massachusetts — Is it too high? Too low? How should it be used? — are touchy issues. Many complain about what the tax does to the price of gas and whether it should be dedicated only to upkeep of our roads and … 1

Barbarism's rationale

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What’s with ISIS? ISIS is the latest diabolical monster to come down the human pike: irrational, brutal and bloodthirsty, faux-pious, faux-devout. But ISIS is really nothing more than another instance of what humans do to humans —another historic example of what humans are, in part, about. There’s nothing … 0

Letter: Competing visions

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I attended the Center Village Master Planning meeting held Sept. 28, with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments presiding. I did NOT have their report to read before the meeting. (FRCOG held a visioning session on June 30, 2013, 20 people attended.) The FRCOG Center Village Master Plan … 1

Letter: Vote for Dylan

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Vote for change — Dylan Korpita. If you feel the political system is broken and desire change — VOTE FOR DYLAN! We need to encourage more young people without agendas to be engaged in our political system. Dylan is 35, a native of Deerfield and is running for … 0

Editorial: Let Biden speak

Monday, October 13, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden has been getting a bum rap. Too often, after making an appearance or speech before some segment of the American public, the press and Biden’s critics are quick to characterize what he said as … 0

Bean/My Turn: Sleepless in Conway

Monday, October 13, 2014

After Conway’s special town meeting, I had a hard time falling asleep. I was excited to see such a large attendance — 231 voters — and proud that so many folks showed up. The Garage Committee and Selectboard had worked hard that evening to present their case for … 0