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Editorial: Dalai Lama’s message perseveres

Friday, April 24, 2015

When the Dalai Lama visits the Pioneer Valley in late October, college students and fortunate members of the public will get the chance to hear from a man for whom patience, compassion and joy are not abstract notions. For him and his followers, they are the keys to fulfillment and, in some cases, survival. The exiled religious leader of Tibet has scheduled appearances at Smith College on Oct. 23, Amherst … 0

Culleny: The fire in the brain

Friday, April 24, 2015

When I commented on two online photos that compared youth activities in the 1970s (guitar playing/singing) to those today (screen viewing/texting), I got in trouble with a younger friend who accused me of judging the first to be superior to the second. He said he was tired of older people whining about how it is now compared to how it was. He had … 0

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 … 0

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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 … 0

Editorial: Trying again to ban plastics

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The latest effort to put a lid on plastic in Greenfield, thankfully, is no longer as big a grab bag of restrictions from a group of environmentally conscious residents. The ban proposed this time is focused on items too often found as part of the community’s litter or … 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

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 … 0

Letter: Put a price on carbon

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Each year since 1970, Earth Day has been a time to consider the precious goodness of our planet and what we can do to protect this unique place in our known universe. With 7 billion humans on the planet, CO2 levels are steeply rising. We need to do … 0

Editorial: Answers needed for jump in drug price

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Anti-overdose drugs like Narcan have proven their worth in saving lives in the fight with heroin and painkiller addiction. Yet its value is being recognized, too, by the manufacturer, as in “profitable.” Since the state declared the opioid epidemic a health emergency under former Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration … 0

Woolner/My Turn: My choice to protest

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

“You should be ashamed of yourself.” “Thanks for doing this.” These disparate comments came from two different white police officers just before I was arrested for refusing to move while obstructing traffic during a peaceful demonstration on Tuesday, … 0

Letter: My dad’s story

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

An untold story about Jack Sharkey by writer James Curl simply titled “Jack Sharkey: A Heavyweight Champion’s Untold Story” has come to my attention through Amazon and brought to me by my son, Jack Shea Jr. It is an impressive book that is scholarly written by a member … 0

Letter: Housing politics

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

While I do not always agree with Chris Collins’ political opinions, I usually respect his reasonable evaluation of local issues. With regard to the proposal before the Economic Development Committee concerning Accessory Dwelling Units and Mark Maloni’s charges of “classism” and “xenophobia,” both Collins and Maloni are way … 0

Letter: Fueling the fire

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

On Tuesday, April 14, I attended the meeting of the Economic Development Committee of the Greenfield Town Council to learn more about the proposed accessory apartment amendment to our zoning bylaws. What I observed were more than a dozen neighbors with very legitimate and thoughtfully articulated concerns that … 0