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Opinion

Editorial: Tax holiday about perceptions

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Will they or won’t they? It’s the annual teasing of the Massachusetts public with our Legislature debating the OK for a sales tax holiday. We doubt very much that lawmakers will say “no” to suspending the 6.25 percent sales tax for a weekend, despite professed misgivings or hesitation about opting out this year. After all, it’s more than a question of a short and sweet break for consumers. The sales … 0

Brewster/My Turn: To our rescue

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Although the news reports about the woman and child stranded on Mount Sugarloaf kindly kept us anonymous, I wanted to publicly thank the people who rescued my 4-year-old son and me on a recent Wednesday night. We’re not experienced hikers, but after walking the paved road up for a picnic dinner with a stunning view of our beautiful valley, we decided to hike … 0

Letter: Support appreciated

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Thank you on behalf of Warwick’s dedicated and determined firefighters, for all of your kind words and publicity for our cause. It is humbling to be part of this great project of building Warwick’s Public Safety Building, even more so due to the support and encouragement of our greater community. When I opened The Recorder to the editorial section and began reading about … 0

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Letter: What’s at stake

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

As members of the western Massachusetts medical community, we wish to express our support for the frontline mental health workers from Clinical and Support Options (CSO) who, represented by local SEIU 509, have announced a strike beginning on July 22 (unless management makes a reasonable offer). The issues … 0

Editorial: Inspiring work in Warwick

Monday, July 20, 2015

When we hear the story of the Warwick Volunteer Firemen’s Association and a new safety building, a number of words come quickly to mind. “Determination” is a word that pops up first. The association has been raising money to expand the existing firehouse built in 1952 for the … 0

Rosenberg/My Turn: Rewarding hard work

Monday, July 20, 2015

T he state Legislature recently took an important step toward reducing income inequality by voting to increase the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit — a tax benefit for those making $50,000 or less — for the first time since the credit was created 18 years ago. As an … 0

Letter: Support clinicians

Monday, July 20, 2015

As a therapist working in community mental health for the past 31 years, I can’t idly stand by and watch as SEIU Local 509 at Clinical and Support Options is on the verge of a costly strike. I hope you will not either. Clinician Michael Wilmeth of CSO … 0

Letter: Mental health workers

Monday, July 20, 2015

As a clinician who has worked in community mental health for seven-plus years, I felt compelled to comment on the article “Mental Health Workers Union Plans Strike” published on Thursday. I have the following thoughts: ∎ To the local government officials, Congress, Department of Mental Health … ARE YOU … 0

Editorial: Purchase moves Whately forward

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Whately took a big step forward with its plans for the future in signing a purchase and sale agreement for the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building. While the purchase … 0

Letter: Showcasing the area

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Green River Festival has become an annual rite of summer in the Pioneer Valley. This year’s festival was the biggest yet with the addition of a third day. In total, over 14,000 people attended over the course of the weekend, which was blessed with near-perfect weather. The … 0

Letter: Managing solar arrays

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Hawley Planning Board is holding a public hearing Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m. to receive voter input on a proposed bylaw amendment that addresses large-scale solar developments. If properly done, large scale solar developments can provide revenue for land owners and the town. They also can … 0

Letter: Senior power

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Fellow old people, and I can say that because I get mail regularly about signing up for Medicare, we have been heard! There is an urgent, indisputable and dire need for a new senior center. Thank you to all that have written to The Recorder urging our town … 0

Editorial: Improving region’s bus service

Friday, July 17, 2015

Once again, the Franklin Regional Transit Authority wants public input regarding bus service for the county. Unlike the type of surveys that try to gauge how they’re doing, the FRTA is seeking comment on its Comprehensive Service Analysis draft, a blueprint for better service, which should help build … 0