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In the Arena: Surprising primary

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The votes have been counted in Tuesday’s Greenfield Precinct 5 Town Council primary and I’m not sure anyone quite expected the final outcome — including the top vote-getter. “I really didn’t expect to finish first,” candidate Penny Ricketts said. “This precinct scared me a little bit, and I don’t know what swayed people to vote for me, but I didn’t expect to do … 0

Mickiwewicz/My Turn: Knowing how to swim

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

As the YMCA in Greenfield’s aquatics director for the past 23 years, I have seen a lot of changes in children over the decades. The majority of children today are pudgier and/or less fit and their average swim skills are very poor; so poor they would not be able to save themselves if they had to swim just 15 feet in deep water. … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Mother Russia

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In the 17th and 18th centuries, Peter I and Catherine the Great, with her well-trained armies, fought a number of wars against the Ottoman Empire. In spite of their numerical inferiority, their troops defeated their rival from the south numerous times and these conflicts resulted in two treaties and in the Russian Empire … 0

Dunlap/My Turn: Untangling opiate abuse

Monday, April 14, 2014

Across Massachusetts, lives are being wasted. State police have recorded nearly 200 deaths from drug overdoses since November, but the actual number could be even higher, as figures from the largest three cities — Boston, Worcester, and Springfield — are not included in the totals. The commonwealth is … 0

Blagg: Time may be running out

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Somewhere on the bottom of the Indian Ocean, some 1,000 miles west of Australia, three miles down, there may be an answer to the mystery that’s been baffling the world for the last month. Is the wreckage of … 0

Ruggles/My Turn: My life with autism

Friday, April 11, 2014

Editor’s note: Logan Ruggles, the grandson of Terry and Vanna Ruggles of Greenfield, delivered this speech on autism to an all-school meeting at the Tilton School, a private high school in New Hampshire in April of 2013. Logan, 10, who has a form of autism, researched and wrote … 0

In the Arena: Was it something I said?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

From the “no good deed ever goes unpunished” file, the voters of Greenfield’s Precinct 5 will head into next week’s primary election without getting to see its three Town Council candidates debate the issues. A televised debate had been scheduled at the Greenfield Community Television studio, but was … 0

Blagg: Shortchanging dollar coin

Sunday, April 6, 2014

What the heck is wrong with the idea of a one dollar coin? Why do Americans persist in disdaining those pretty little gold-colored representations of Sacagewea and her baby, or the 11-sided Susan B. Anthony version, with its depiction of Apollo 11’s landing on the moon? Just about … 0

Curtis/My Turn: Ensuring a crucial right

Friday, April 4, 2014

“Everyone has the right to education … Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further … 0

In the Arena: Unintended consequences

Thursday, April 3, 2014

There is a definite line between activism and leadership, one that the Greenfield Town Council appears to be straddling as it considers a proposed amendment to the Wetlands Protection Ordinance. The council’s Appointments and Ordinances Committee recently held a public forum on the wetlands issue, a well-attended event … 0

Gijanto/My Turn: Tale of two hospitals

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Two communities: North Adams and Greenfield, Massachusetts. Not dissimilar in size, socioeconomics, industrial history or geography. Two hospitals: one faced with a sudden and traumatic closure that has left area residents in shock and hundreds unemployed; the other getting ready to replace its surgery suite with new construction. … 0

Brown/My Turn: New appreciation for water

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Before I moved to the Southwest, Recorder editorial page editor Justin Abelson agreed that I could submit a periodic column with a perspective different from those voiced in Franklin County. Therefore, I would like to talk about drought. … 0

Boston/My Turn: Too toxic a convenience

Monday, March 31, 2014

We are all part of a living eco-system upon which we depend for our lives. Would you like to live in a town where Nature — the soil, water, air, and all living creatures — had its own Bill of Rights, a kind of invisible fence around Greenfield … 1