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Charney/My Turn: Brush with 'alligator teeth'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My message machine blinked its red light. It was the first thing I noticed. “Grandma are you OK?” was the message. “I’m worried about you.” I called back immediately, even before I dropped my bags and sat down. “I’m fine,” I told him. “I’m just fine.” “OK,” he said, with that sort of … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Russia’s growing appetitie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Putin’s attempt to seize the Ukraine and his successful annexation of Crimea in part was provoked by June 27, the date that the European Union (EU), Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia had set for bringing these countries into a constructive long-term economic relationship with Europe. Leading up to this now-signed agreement in a recent … 0

Coli/My Turn: Hardly a compromise

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is a letter we sent to Rep. Kulik, and Sens. Downing and Dempsey in regard to a bill (H4185) pending in the Legislature. Gentlemen, My wife Norma and I would like to go on record concerning our disappointment with the recent release of H4185 (the so-called “compromise bill”) from the Joint Committee of Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy that Sen. Downing co-chairs. Our … 0

Blagg: Middle East missiles

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The news from the Middle East just keeps getting worse and worse. Teenagers kidnapped and murdered, young children hit by artillery fire, thousands of rockets being fired at random into neighborhoods and now the Israeli army is making … 1

Gran/My Turn: Climate change denial

Friday, July 18, 2014

Climate change denial represents the views of 3 percent of climate scientists, who deny Earth is warming and we are the cause through our fossil fuel emissions and deforestation. At the same time, such denial dismisses the views, and attempts to destroy the careers, of the 97 percent … 3

Smith/My Turn: Dr. Seuss, is it?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dear Dr. Seuss, First of all, are you really a doctor? Because if you are I have this thing growing on my pinky toe. It’s a little bit crusty and looks kind of like a baby carrot. If one were to grow a sixth toe wouldn’t that happen … 0

In the Arena: Holding a winning hand in pipeline poker?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It appears that state lawmakers have a “constitutional ace” they may be able to play in the ongoing political poker game surrounding a proposed natural gas pipeline across the state, including Franklin County. “Article 97” of the Massachusetts Constitution mandates that any land with a conservation restriction — … 0

Clancy/My Turn: Don’t let pipeline land here

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I am a farmer’s daughter, born and raised in Sunderland, taught to respect the land and to not be wasteful. My brother and I own our family’s land, much of which is under 61A conservation protection. We rent to local farmers. Even though the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline … 0

Seamans/My Turn: Let’s bring riflery back to Apex

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A visitor recently at the Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility stepped up to ask, “Are you Paul Seamans?” More than 60 years ago when I was instructor on the Camp Apex rifle range, I saw that this boy had a left-handed hold on a right-handed target rifle, an … 0

Chilton/My Turn: Our archaeological work

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I am writing in response to a recent Daily Hampshire Gazette editorial (July 4) and articles by The Recorder’s Kathleen McKiernan (“Deerfield farmer wants artifacts” (July 1) and “2 Franklin County towns back contracts for archaeological digs” (July … 0

Zinan/My Turn: Revolution? Unlikely

Monday, July 14, 2014

July 2014 marks the three-year anniversary of the birth of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. “We are the 99 percent” seared into our memory banks. Presently, Robert Reich, Paul Krugman and economics professors at University of Massachusetts and elsewhere bombard the media daily with the latest wealth/income … 1

Blagg: More meow than roar

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It was 1931, and the League of Nations, formed after World War I to “prevent wars through collective security and disarmament and settle international disputes through negotiation and arbitration,” was just a dozen years old. Since its formation, … 0

Wentworth/My Turn: Meddling in the Ukraine

Friday, July 11, 2014

“The U.S. mainstream media portrays the Ukraine crisis as a case of Russian ‘imperialism,’ but the reality is that Moscow has been reacting to aggressive moves by Washington to expand NATO to Russia’s border in violation of a … 0