Letter: FDR’s tax push

Friday, April 24, 2015

History on the progressive side praises almost without end FDR’s accomplishments in implementing social programs. It is possible that he would not have done it if the labor movement leaders had not made him realize the political reality if he did not. The story goes that the labor leaders had a few meeting with him and made it clear that they represented millions of people who very unhappy with the … 0

Letter: Bridge blunder?

Friday, April 24, 2015

I read the editorial page of The Recorder daily and have been waiting to see something regarding the newly rebuilt Turners Falls-Gill Bridge. You remember construction was to start in the winter of 2009/2010, with a completion date in the spring of 2014. The initial construction estimate was $40,194,820.50. Upon completion of the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge, repairs were to have started on the … 0

Letter: Let’s change history

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Many of the points that were made by Randy Kehler in his My Turn “Pushing Back Against War”asked each of us to take action. Many of our national leaders recognize that military preparation and action is a waste of our limited resources. I liked Mr. Kehler’s analogy drawn from an old friend, “If you’re right-handed, the only way to teach your left hand … 0

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Letter: The good old days

Monday, April 6, 2015

Don’t mess with the old folks. Old folks live in the past, the good old days. We’re used to using rotary phones, not being forced to be tied up in seat belts or subjected to the Miley Cyrus’ of the entertainment world. Barbara Stanwick, Doris Day and Greta … 4

Letter: Performance inspiration

Monday, April 6, 2015

Re: “A betrayal of what’s right” article “Achilles in Vietnam” was an important inspiration for Jeannine Haas in preparation for her performance in “An Iliad.” A wonderful, insightful book. (“An Iliad” opens in Ashfield April 9, First Congregational Church.) What he and playwrights offer is not only what … 0

Letter: Learning to stop

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Some Americans do not stop at all stop signs. Several Americans do not stop at all red lights. Still, other Americans do not stop for all pedestrians (walkers in the road) until they are off the street. Stop means come to a complete cessation of movement. Years ago, … 0

Letter: Color my world

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Your newspaper is an each-day adventure for me. Sunup, then I join the world. Instant coffee and get The Recorder newspaper. It’s 3 a.m. airmailed onto our garage floor. What’s happening ... big things, little things, or not-to-bother things. And, WOW, each day I smile and marvel at … 0

Letter: Vote on the facts

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The residents of Hawley are starting to receive numerous copies of correspondence regarding WiredWest and the “final mile” — mostly negative. WiredWest is coming to Hawley to give information regarding the project to townspeople on April 14. This may be our last opportunity to learn the facts. Let’s … 0

Letter: Judging MCTV

Friday, April 3, 2015

On Friday, March 27, Chris Collins wrote about GCTV: “New programming is produced on almost a daily and weekly basis and there always seems to be a steady flow of community producers in there working on a wide range of shows,” and “I get no sense that same … 0

Letter: Losing Rebecca Bounds

Friday, April 3, 2015

Colrain lost a good friend — and the county a stalwart citizen — in the recent passing of Rebecca Bounds. From the moment she and her husband Steve moved to Colrain from New York City in 1995, she made friends and began volunteering and contributing to the town’s … 0

Letter: Hold Eversource accountable

Thursday, April 2, 2015

I was prompted to write this letter in response to the article written by Richie Davis on March 27 concerning electric bills and how they have spiked this winter. I have spent many hours this winter on the phone with Eversource arguing about our bill and the completely … 3

Letter: Safety building support

Thursday, April 2, 2015

We, the members of the Heath Firefighter’s Association, strongly support the proposal to build a new Safety Building. We recognize the expense the project would mean to each of us and we want to explain why we believe it is necessary for our town to build it. We … 0

Letter: Attacks on judges

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recent Republican personal attacks on Social Security judges threaten our way of life as Americans and the separation of powers upon which this nation was founded. Damage was inflicted upon our Social Security Disability Administrative Law Courts as a result of Congressman Daryl Issa’s committee hearings held during … 0