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In the Arena: It gets hot in Montague

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I’ve experienced some tense moments covering local government, but few to rival what occurred at Monday’s Montague selectmen’s meeting. The topic was whether the board would sign a new contract with current cable access television provider, Montague Community Cable Incorporated, or issue a “request for proposals” for a new cable operator, which was the same method they used to edge the Shea board … 0

Cahillane/My Turn: Caught with their pants down

Thursday, March 26, 2015

“PADDY PANTSDOWN!” Is one of my all-time favorite tabloid headlines. It ran in the Sun newspaper when a member of Parliament, Paddy Ashdown, admitted a five-year affair with his secretary. He was afterward knighted then named to the House of Lords as Baron Ashdown of Norton Sub-Hamdon. Ashdown leads the Liberal Democratic party, or Lib-Dems. Somehow his 30-year marriage survived. In U.K. or … 0

Wyatt/My Turn: In Warwick, we’ve got answers on broadband project

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I am writing in reply to “Costly cable venture,” the March 20 letter to the editor regarding the Fiber-To-The-Home project that will be coming before the Warwick annual Town Meeting this May. The Warwick Broadband Committee has been meeting regularly and is working hard to answer all the questions that are coming up. We also have representatives going to frequent meetings of WiredWest, … 0

Culleny: Holy high rollers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Although Americans have a prevalent national faith, Christianity, we have another faith at least equally as fervent: Capitalism. In America, both are mythic and fundamental, which means they’re bound to our psyches like barnacles and cannot easily be … 0

Hollins/My Turn: New law hits sour note

Monday, March 23, 2015

Musical instrument sterilization became education law when signed by our governor on Jan. 7, 2015 (Chapter 71, Section 55D). What’s next in this constant stream of school laws? Sanitizing for bacteria on children’s shoes? Reading up, I found four arguments opposing this new law: 1. In the history … 0

Blagg: Wrapping up as Recorder Editor with goodbye

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Back in the fall of 1986, I was seven years in as Editor of The Central Maine Morning Sentinel in Waterville, Maine, and was pretty pleased with the result. The Sentinel had won just about every award possible — aside from a Pulitzer — and more importantly was … 0

Bos/My Turn: The value of uncertainty

Friday, March 20, 2015

I have a friend in the men’s support group at Cancer Connection in Northampton who has been absent from our weekly meetings for a while. He recently rejoined us. I asked him to bring us all up to date with his cancer therapy treatments, which has primarily been … 0

In the Arena: Tobacco fight still smoldering

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Greenfield Board of Health may not have the last word when it comes to a series of proposed new tobacco regulations. The board last week voted to impose the regulations, which raises the minimum tobacco sales age from 18 to 21 while also banning the sale of … 0

Greist/My Turn: Celebrating the doughnut

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Over the years, I have watched the dramatic ebb and flow of our downtown business community. My own efforts in that arena have also seen good times and bad. On its very darkest days: vacant storefronts, hope dwindling, owners broke, desperate, depressed and sometimes, even, understandably, drunk or … 0

Blanker/My Turn: Taking the train: All aboard

Monday, March 16, 2015

There I was, standing on the somewhat abbreviated platform at the Greenfield train stop watching as the sleek Amtrak train approached. I was actually going to board a train, The Vermonter, in Greenfield and depart it in New York, N.Y. The last time I had gotten on a … 1

Blagg: Oh, the stories I can tell

Sunday, March 15, 2015

One of the great things about working as a newspaperman is the entrée it gives you into people, places and experiences the average person normally never gets to see. I’ve talked to presidents, senators, governors and just plain … 0

In the Arena: Rosenberg using his pulpit

Thursday, March 12, 2015

It’s not taking long for new state Senate President Stan Rosenberg to exert his authority on Beacon Hill. The latest example came this past week, when Rosenberg made it clear that a committee looking to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston can expect no financial help from … 0

Zinan/My Turn: Zombie obsession explained

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Zombies — for a decade and a half now, you can’t escape them. Books, social media, movies, and TV. In response to this onslaught, innumerable essays, like this one, are written to explain the phenomenon. Here is a … 0