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: 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

Editorial: Free speech? Hardly

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If anyone needed convincing that the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision equating corporations with individuals when it comes to political speech was a true mistake, this campaign season’s advertising reinforces just how terrible it has all become. In … 0

Letter: He’s a keeper

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I spent over 20 years beating my head against a wall for western Massachusetts in the Legislature. I wish I was as successful as Steve Kulik has been. Boston held out a carrot for us to regionalize our local schools. They were going to incentivize regionalization by fully … 0

Letter: Texting and driving

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cell phone use and texting while driving are causing accidents, injuries and some fatalities. Vermont has recently passed a law on handheld phones. In Massachusetts it’s against the law to text and drive. I have seen drivers texting while driving on local streets throughout Greenfield. Some mothers, fathers … 0

Letter: Foster children

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Recent statistics from the Department of Children and Families show that there are 8,947 children in foster care placement in the state of Massachusetts. The largest group of children in placement are those ages 12 to 17. At issue is the educational success of these children. Although students … 0

Letter: The gas tax picture

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

People of the commonwealth have the right to complain about the condition of so many bridges and/or roads that have fallen into disrepair. Where has all the gas tax money been going that isn’t being used for bridge and/or road maintenance? Boston’s Big Dig, perhaps? Our legislators want … 0