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Letter: Councilor went too far

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I appreciated the April 23 coverage of the Appointments and Ordinances Committee meeting that was held on April 13 to discuss an ordinance proposed by Isaac Mass that would invalidate legally enacted Board of Health regulations. I attended the meeting and observed, with disgust, the rude and disrespectful behavior of Councilor Mass. The alleged purpose of the meeting was to discuss a proposed tobacco ordinance, but instead Mass hijacked the … 0

Letter: Knowing history

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Brad Brigham and Lou Barber, on the same page, on the same day, addressing serious matters that concern all of us, encourage me that there are people in this world who realize the truth of Bob Marley’s dictum “ ... if you know your history, then you know where you’re coming from ...” To Brad, I would say, we are part of the … 0

Letter: A noble spirit

Monday, May 4, 2015

After almost 20 years away from Greenfield and now residing within view of “Federal Street North” school, where I attended fourth, fifth and sixth grades, 1959 through 1962, and having thought about students and instructors and all the bittersweet times of these years, I saw the obituary of physical education teacher, Vivian May James — imagine the minute-to-minute struggle of “persons of color” … 0

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Letter: Nonviolent protest works

Monday, May 4, 2015

In response to Cate Woolner’s My Turn piece, “Calling Attention to Racism: act of civil disobedience least I could do,” I’d like to applaud you and the other 14 people arrested along with you in Springfield on April 14, as well as your April 23 article. History has … 1

Letter: WiredWest plan cost effective

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hussain Hamdan’s opinion on the cost of Hawley’s “go/no-go” choice to join WiredWest is based upon a narrow vision limited to the potential financial exposure of towns to the costs of a bond issue. This view overlooks the powerful long-term benefits to the region of having fiber-optic and … 0

Letter: Need to look long term

Sunday, May 3, 2015

I agree with Chris Farrell of the Berkshire Gas Co. that in the short term the lack of pipeline capacity could have a negative impact on economic development and could cause higher energy prices. Those of us opposed to the proposed TGP pipeline should not deny that. But … 0

Letter: Make it fiber-optic

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Why do we need fiber-optic Internet service? WiredWest and several broadband committees have examined various alternatives. Princeton, Leverett and WiredWest did thorough research before deciding on fiber optic. The WiredWest and Princeton websites post their research and conclusions. Verizon will be phasing out DSL, according to statements by … 0

Letter: Inspirational

Friday, May 1, 2015

I hope the members of Teens in Action read this letter and get many more like it. Your letter to the editor of April 20 shows a level of maturity, concern and activism that should inspire us all to work harder so that you CAN have a future. … 0

Letter: Our reasoning

Friday, May 1, 2015

In a letter sent to local newspapers this past week, the two Buckland members of the school board for the Mohawk District have alleged that the Buckland Board of Selectmen acted inappropriately in separating the cost of a proposed district-wide pre-K program from the proposed school operating budget, … 0

Letter: Well done

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I would like to thank The Teens in Action, from Leyden Woods in Greenfield for your considerate, mature and well-crafted letter. You made more sense than the majority of letters I read in The Recorder on a daily basis. You made your point without having to resort to … 0

Letter: Insulting comments

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I felt compelled to write after reading about the comments made by Mr. Christopher Farrell of Berkshire Gas Co. at the recent Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast. Mr. Farrell, I found your comments single minded,insulting and dangerous. The people you call “terrorists” are your neighbors and customers. … 1

Letter: Someone right for the role

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What we need is: another actor in the White House. It seems the politicians cannot come up with creditable candidate for president. The Republicans have nobody and the Democrats have less than nobody with Hillary Clinton. Let’s face it, Hilly has no “vision,” so her party members say. … 0

Letter: Graffiti has a place

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I was a bit dismayed when I saw the Montague Police has proposed to not only make unwanted graffiti more of a crime (isn’t it already?) but to require building owners to remove it and outlaw spray paint. Unwanted defacement is one thing, but to restrict what a … 0