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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: Fortunate to have him

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

As a fourth-generation farmer in Deerfield, I have had the good fortune to be represented by Steve Kulik. Steve has served us well during his time in office, and has been especially helpful to the farming community. Whether advocating for land preservation, buy local funding, or senior farm … 0

Letter: Swift action for safety

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I want to commend the Frontier School community and the police for their swift action today (Oct. 23) in addressing a legitimate threat made to our school and children. This individual is now in jail facing charges for these threats. First and foremost, I want to thank those … 0

Letter: Curbside better than deposit

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Surprise! Bud Foster here: Yes, I am still active at 94 years old. I have been fighting the FORCED deposit on bottles for nearly 40 years. There is a better way: RECYCLE. We were one of 10 states with a FORCED deposit bottle bill. Delaware scrapped their bottle … 0

Letter: Expand deposit bill

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Connecticut River Watershed Council recently held our 18th annual Source to Sea Cleanup, a two-day coordinated trash cleanup along rivers and streams throughout the four-state watershed. Despite widely accessible local recycling programs, volunteers every year find thousands of beverage containers in our rivers and along the banks. … 0

Letter: No automatic tax increases

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Do you know what happened the last time the gas tax was raised? Only 6 percent went to fix roads. Ninety-four percent went to the state’s general fund — the black hole. Why would we allow our gas taxes to increase every year? That’s crazy. I want legislators … 0

Letter: Outside agitation

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I was glad to see the My Turn article by Denise Andrews in your Oct. 23 edition and especially to hear the misinformation broadcast by her opponent’s supporters fully and publicly debunked. I’ve been receiving these intellectually insulting anti-Andrews fliers for some time and finally was so disturbed … 0

Letter: Andrews a tireless worker

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In Denise Andrews we have a representative who brings money and jobs into this area — someone who helps meet challenges and solve problems. Denise has been, as state Sen. Brewer said, a “blowtorch on projects for the area ... a relentless advocate for the entire region.” There … 0

Letter: We need Kulik

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Over the past several weeks, I have watched with great interest the campaign activity and The Recorder coverage of the state representative race between Rep. Steve Kulik and his challenger, Dylan Korpita. Watching the action and the coverage of this race has given me pause to reflect on … 0

Letter: Why I back Kulik

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I will vote for Steve Kulik for state representative without any reservations. As a selectman for 14 years in Montague, I found Steve Kulik was the legislator I trusted the most to listen to our concerns, to check the facts, to support our needs, and to respond in … 0

Letter: Prostate cancer

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

As a physician who has been working in the field of prostate cancer research for decades, I appreciate the article written by Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, and Sen. Stephen Brewer, D-Barre, on Oct. 9. As prostate cancer survivors and leaders of state legislation, they expressed strong support for … 0