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In the Arena: Turned off by attack ads

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Not long after taking the oath of office, President John F. Kennedy, an avid consumer of daily newspapers, was asked if he still read as much as he used to, especially given the amount of criticism he received on a daily basis in certain publications. Kennedy reportedly replied, “I’m reading more and enjoying … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: Powerful tool for food donations

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The United States Senate has the opportunity to provide a powerful boost to charitable organizations like The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts working to improve lives and strengthen communities here in western Massachusetts and across the country. In July 2014, the House of Representatives approved the America Gives More Act, landmark legislation that would make three major charitable giving incentives permanent and reliable … 0

Andrews/My Turn: Making my record clear

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Another week, another misleading attack mailing is sent on behalf of the Republican Party. It appears that after the accuracy of claims presented in its first mailing was quickly discredited, MassFiscal.org is now back at it, with seemingly unlimited financial resources to spend on their partisan political agenda. I believe the voters of this district deserve better, more constructive politics and campaigns. That … 0

Abrahams/My Turn: Do your homework with prostate cancer screening

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In a recent opinion piece, state Rep. Steve Kulik and state Sen. Steve Brewer, both survivors of prostate cancer, issued a passionate and unqualified call for men to be screened for prostate cancer. The fact is, prostate cancer screening is not always a good idea, and the recommendations … 0

Koehn and Friedman/My Turn: Support sick leave initiative

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Right now in Massachusetts, almost 1 million workers cannot take a single day of paid sick time to visit the doctor or take care of a sick child or themselves. In November, we can change this by voting “Yes” on Question 4, which would guarantee access to earned … 0

Green/My Turn: So you’ll know the score

Monday, October 20, 2014

My name is Rick Green and I am the chairman of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, also known as MassFiscal or MFA. MassFiscal is a grassroots organization of over 350 Massachusetts businesspeople, including Democrats, Independents and Republicans. In early August, we began to educate voters by sending direct mail … 0

Blagg: Reporting’s risks

Sunday, October 19, 2014

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press BAGHDAD — Militants unleashed a wave of attacks on Thursday targeting Shiite areas in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing at least 38 people and wounding dozens, officials said. The deadliest attack took place when two parked car-bombs exploded simultaneously in a commercial … 0

O’Rourke/My Turn: Without my input, support

Friday, October 17, 2014

I want to make it absolutely clear to the residents of Conway that I had nothing to do with the vote of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Oct. 14, to hold the election on Thursday, Oct. 16, to vote on the borrowing for the highway garage project, … 0

In the Arena: Free-cash management

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin likes to brag about not being a “politician,” but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have good political instincts. That became apparent two weeks ago, when Martin decided to ask each town councilor for suggestions on the best ways to use the town’s recent $3.29 … 0

Bos/My Turn: Our cancer connection

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We call it the “Big C” (along with some other things) in our weekly men’s support meetings at Cancer Connection just across Locust Street from Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Founded in 2000, the nonprofit Cancer Connection (www.cancer-connection.org/) is at heart a “living room,” where each Wednesday at … 0

Barbarism's rationale

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What’s with ISIS? ISIS is the latest diabolical monster to come down the human pike: irrational, brutal and bloodthirsty, faux-pious, faux-devout. But ISIS is really nothing more than another instance of what humans do to humans —another historic example of what humans are, in part, about. There’s nothing … 0

Bean/My Turn: Sleepless in Conway

Monday, October 13, 2014

After Conway’s special town meeting, I had a hard time falling asleep. I was excited to see such a large attendance — 231 voters — and proud that so many folks showed up. The Garage Committee and Selectboard had worked hard that evening to present their case for … 0

Blagg: Waging a modern war

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the United States is at war. The opening salvo of the conflict was not, as it might appear on Sept. 11, 2001, but actually in Febru ary 1993, when an enormous … 0