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Letter: More to these tests

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I was encouraged by the Greenfield School Committee’s postponement of their decision about implementing PARCC tests next year. I was disappointed, however, with The Recorder’s coverage of this controversial issue, which contained misleading information. Many districts across the state and country are rejecting PARCC, an initiative that will nearly double the amount of time our children spend taking tests, one that many parents, teachers and scholars are calling out as … 0

Letter: To our cat’s rescue

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When a much loved family pet goes missing, one often thinks the worst, but hopes for the best. In our case, the best is what we got in having Animal Control Officer Jack Cavolick and Highway Superintendent Scott Sullivan on the scene. After nearly 24 days missing, our beloved cat of 11 years was heard mewing; stuck in the underground drainage pipes of … 0

Letter: Join pipeline fight

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I want to commend The Recorder for comprehensive ongoing coverage of the possible gas pipeline through our state. The more I read about it the more appalled I am. I also want to thank Reenie Clancy for her thorough and informative My Turn column about the pipeline on July 17. I have spent several days participating in the Stop-The-Pipeline walk through our region. … 0

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Letter: Agent Orange

Letter: Smoking boundaries

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Recently, I spoke with a gentleman on Union Street, who was sitting in a chair smoking a cigarette on the outer limits of the Senior Center property. I asked him why he was sitting on the sidewalk and he told me smokers cannot be anywhere on Senior Center … 0

Letter: ‘Debt Jubilee’

Monday, July 21, 2014

Following the Lehman banking debacle of 2008, the government sponsored bailout of the banking sector to boost the economy created an illusion of recovery. New York banks benefited from the bailouts by using special privileges with the Federal Reserve to borrow cheaply to fund speculation using their easy … 0

Letter: Right on target

Monday, July 21, 2014

I was gratified to read Paul Seaman’s article in the Wednesday, July 16, Recorder, “Let’s bring riflery back to Apex.” I think the YMCA is missing a good bet if they don’t offer a shooting program to the area’s youngsters (it doesn’t seem like money, equipment and volunteers … 0

Letter: Help in making a difference

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This letter is to publicly thank several local people who have recently helped make a huge difference in the life of a child who is enrolled in our program here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County. “Little Sister” Abby and her “Big Sister” Melissa enjoy doing … 0

Letter: Agent Orange

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Thanks to Pat Hynes, director of Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, for her excellent article of July 8 about Agent Orange and America’s way of conducting the war in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Dow Chemical Company made a lot of money creating chemicals that are still poisoning … 1

Letter: Connect the grid

Friday, July 18, 2014

Did you know that a portion of Massachusetts residents are being driven from their homes as the result of the Green Communities Act? Informed New England residents have an opportunity to prevent unprecedented damage to the earth. “Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid” is a definitive resource for … 0

Letter: Dispensary delays

Friday, July 18, 2014

The law commanded the agency to have at least one treatment center open and serving patients in each county by early last winter. The law is also explicit that until treatment centers are open, qualified patients with a recommendation or their designated caregiver registered with the department may … 1

Letter: Pipeline resistance

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I think Mayor William Martin, Gov. Deval Patrick and other professional politicians are too quick to accept offers of “economic renewal” from any proposed gas pipeline company of which Kinder Morgan is only one. Extreme vigilance is needed by all of us who reside in western Mass. (and … 0

Letter: Court errors

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To say that the Supreme Court justices have erred in placing corporations above people, and that Congress needs to find a way to fix this is the same as saying that my opinion is greater than those of the highest court in the land — such arrogance! The … 0

Letter: Hummus choices

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The recent tragic events in Israel/Palestine — occasioned by the senseless killing of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers — lead us to raise our voices in support of the historic, rights-based call to the international community for Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) targeted at Israeli oppression in Palestine. Where … 0