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In the Arena: Kulik looks to tap into land-rich nonprofits

Thursday, May 28, 2015

My guess is state Rep. Steve Kulik probably won’t be getting many invitations to mixers on private school and college campuses in the foreseeable future. Kulik has filed “payment in lieu of taxes” legislation that would establish a mechanism for towns to charge nonprofit private institutions up to 25 percent of what they would normally have to pay in property taxes if they … 0

Simms/My Turn: Our climate reality

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On April 28, Cardinal Peter Turkson, released the following statement, “In our recklessness, we are traversing some of the planet’s most fundamental natural boundaries, and the lesson from the Garden of Eden still rings true today: pride, hubris, self-centeredness are always perilous, indeed destructive. The very technology that has brought great reward is … 0

Swinerton/My Turn: Here come the Clintons

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I agree with a recent letter suggesting that John Kasich from Ohio would be a very qualified candidate for president. He has experience both in Congress and as a governor. In a nationwide election, he’s from the all important state of Ohio. I believe also that Marco Rubio should be his running mate. … 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

Sullivan and Ever/My Turn: Keep it legal and safe

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Parents play a major role in their child’s decision to drink or not drink alcohol. As we enter prom and graduation season, the Northwestern District Attorney’s office is partnering with local substance abuse prevention coalitions, like the Easthampton … 0

Hollins/My Turn: Vital to LGBTQ students

Monday, April 27, 2015

In every public school today, some students have well-developed or emerging LGBTQ identities (LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning). Sometimes navigating this identity is clear, supported and comfortable. Sometimes the identity path includes confusion and fear. Based on recommendations by the Massachusetts Commission … 0

Newlin/My Turn: Let’s not rush the process in Whately

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Both the Whately Board of Selectmen and the Municipal Building Committee abstained from recommending a petition article on the upcoming (Tuesday, April 28) town meeting warrant that would authorize the purchase of the Mass. Library System building for “$815,000 or any other amount.” Our reluctance to recommend this … 0

In the Arena: Center stage in Montague

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It looks like the “Mike Nelson era” on the Montague Board of Selectmen is finally about to begin. Some would argue that it actually began when “Mr. Sunshine,” as he is sometimes known, was elected to Pat Allen’s former seat with 85 percent of the vote. But there … 0