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Tom McBride: Taking an interest in neighbors to our south

To the editor:

I’m glad to see somebody take an interest in our neighbors to south of us. The contrast between Hampshire County and parts or all of Hampden county are very stark in terms of the quality of the schools and socioeconomic status. In Hampshire County we talk continually about how we can improve things for ourselves (to my ear anyway) when many of us are doing pretty well, but we seem at least, to the eye of the laymen, to be oblivious to the conditions of poverty that many of our near neighbors live in.

We don’t just live in Northampton, Amherst, etc. We live in Massachusetts. Stealing from Clare Higgins piece, who was quoting Dr. King, “Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”

Tom McBride


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