In the Arena: Election night disappointment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The only thing missing from Montague Town Hall on Monday night was a boom box playing a continuous loop of “Garden Party” by the late Ricky Nelson. Just as Nelson was booed out of Madison Square Garden on that fateful night in 1971, Montague Selectman Mark Fairbrother has been summarily dismissed by voters in one of the more decisive electoral skunkings in recent … 0

Newman/My Turn: Wedding hopes in the wings

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

No one at the rally on Main Street outside Northampton City Hall on the evening of Nov. 18, 2003, will forget that celebration. People hugged and cheered. Balloons floated. Signs were hoisted. Rainbow flags were waived. And Rachel Maddow spoke. Earlier that day, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court had issued its decision in the Goodridge case, holding that our state constitution guaranteed gays … 0

Benzaia/My Turn: Preschool plans create questions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As someone who has been working in the field of early education for nearly 20 years, no one has to convince me of the importance of a quality early-learning experience for a child. The Girls Club of Greenfield and its branches, Valley Play School and Camp Lion Knoll, have been providing quality early learning experiences for children as early as the 1950s. However, … 0

In the Arena: Montague heads to the finish line

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Who will be Montague’s next selectman is now in the hands of the voters. The final of three debates between selectmen’s candidates Mark Fairbrother, Rich Kuklewicz and Jacobo Roque was this week. I was privileged enough to moderate that debate and while there were some good moments and … 0

Hazard/My Turn: Environmentally irresponsible

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Christopher Ferrell’s comments on behalf of Berkshire Gas to Franklin County Chamber of Commerce members were not only disrespectful but inaccurate. Like many, it is precisely because I care deeply about the health and economic wellbeing of my community and our plant Earth that I oppose this Kinder … 0

Gran/My Turn: Face the facts of climate change

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A recent Recorder article (April 1) reports “… that officials in Florida and Wisconsin are censoring state workers’ ability to talk about, much less work on, climate change ... Florida Gov. Rick Scott became the leader of this potential trend last month when news emerged that he had … 0

Bourke/My Turn: Time now for safety building

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Saturday, May 9, the voters of Heath will have the opportunity at annual town meeting to vote for the construction of a new Public Safety Building. This building would house the fire, highway, police departments and emergency operations. The research for this building started three years ago after … 0

Kelly/My Turn: These lawmakers serve us well

Monday, May 4, 2015

I read Sherrill Hogan’s letter to the editor in The Recorder (April 21), and wanted to add to her remarks. We are graced with some of the best public officials I have ever had, and I want to thank them for their significant efforts, being willing to go … 3

Donelan/My Turn: Corrections officers leading the way

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Today, May 4, through Friday, May 8, is National Correctional Officers’ Week. This is a yearly opportunity, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, to recognize the hard work involved in the often difficult field of corrections. Each year, we have some events at the House of Correction … 0

Provost/My Turn: GCC’s tangible impact

Friday, May 1, 2015

I am a proud lifelong resident of Franklin County and a co-owner of Mowry & Schmidt, Inc., a family-run general contracting business in Greenfield that has employed and helped build the residences and businesses of our community for nearly 70 years. As owners, we run our business as … 0

In the Arena: School budget battles

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It’s looking like a tough year for school budgets. Then again, I can rarely recall a year when there wasn’t some sort of political battle related to educational funding. But this seems to be an especially difficult budget cycle in a number of communities, as the cost of … 0

Bordner/My Turn: Show up and vote at town meeting

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It is town meeting time again and the taxpayers of towns must struggle with the commitment of their time to go and vote their conscience. Truly boorish events, no one enjoys the wrangling and false agendas put forth at town meetings. Some are truly afraid to vote or … 0

Cardinal and Thurber/My Turn: Vote on whole budget, not parts

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

On Feb. 25, the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee voted to approve and submit to member towns a total operating budget of $18,364,099 for Fiscal Year 2016 (which begins on July 1, 2015). This represents an increase of $645,508, or 3.64 percent over the total budget approved for … 0