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Hynes/My Turn: Refusing to play the victim

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Paris Peace Accords were signed on Jan. 27, 1973, making possible a re-united Vietnam. The peace accords ended eight years of the American War (as it is known to the Vietnamese) and two prior decades of covert warfare against this small, agrarian Asian country. For much of the American public, the war was a bitterly divisive issue to put behind them. With … 0

Blagg: Making a safer world

Sunday, January 25, 2015

So what are we going to do? In the wake of the past few years’ continuing assaults by groups or individuals claiming to represent Islam — and the apparent ease with which they pick “soft targets” around the world — what steps can the rest of us take? How can we make our … 0

Kurland/My Turn: Revising the foundation budget

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dear Ms. Williamson, Sen. Chang-Diaz and members of the Massachusetts Foundation Budget Review Commission: Thank you for conducting hearings about revising the formula for the foundation budget calculations. I would like to expand upon the testimony I gave at the hearing in Northampton. Our goal is to provide excellent, not just adequate, education for every child in the commonwealth, whether that child is … 0

In the Arena: For mayor, it’s personnel

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s possible that by the time you are read this, the fate of now-suspended Greenfield Economic Director Robert Pyers will have been sealed. But whether we’ll ever know the details is anybody’s guess. The only thing we do know is that Pyers was placed on paid administrative leave … 0

Berkshire Gas: Necessary information

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A letter published recently from the Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network (MPLAN), offering commentary on energy efficiency programs offered by Berkshire Gas, demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of energy efficiency programs in Massachusetts and the role of regulators and independent experts in defining and approving those programs. Given the importance … 2

Newman/My Turn: He’s a hero in my eyes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I want to share with you a story about compassion and courage, life and death, despair and jubilation. I want to tell you about Bryan Stevenson. In 1986, I traveled to Georgia to meet Stevenson, an African-American attorney who grew up in the 1960s in the segregated, confederate-flag-displaying … 0

Hogen/My Turn: Speaking up for victims of state-sponsored violence

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Statistics can be misleading and boring, but they convey a message. There have been a maximum of 779 Muslim men in Guantanamo since its opening 14 years ago. Now there are 121. Those who have gotten out were … 0

Greenberg and others/My Turn: At a crucial turning point

Monday, January 19, 2015

We’re sure that many of you have been following the efforts of the commonwealth, the Franklin Region Council of Governments and our legislators to convince private sector companies to significantly upgrade Internet service to the underserved towns of rural Franklin County. They’re not interested. Why? Too few customers … 0

Blagg: Cheap gas has hefty price

Sunday, January 18, 2015

As I drove away from a local gas station the other day, after having filled my tank with gasoline at a price cheaper than I’ve paid in decades, a thought popped into my head. A very unpopular thought. … 1

Rasbury-DeViolet/My Turn: No escaping leaf blowers

Friday, January 16, 2015

With the arrival of winter in New England, one expects a reprieve from the hand-held, gas-powered acoustic weapons we all know as leaf blowers. I was horrified to hear, then see an army of men use these machines in my neighborhood at 6:30 in the morning, in 12-degree … 0

In the Arena: Looking out for western Mass.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

As reporters, we are trained to keep our emotions out of the story, but that was tough to do last week while watching now-Senate President Stan Rosenberg chair the recent joint session of the Legislature during the swearing-in of new Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karen Polito. … 0

Blixt/My Turn: Leaving me with a smile

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I have no idea what Recorder sports columnist Chip Ainsworth is talking about most of the time. Whatever it is, however, it makes me smile. This is why, although I know nothing about sports, I eagerly follow as Chip leads me through the depravity of UMass hockey, the … 0

Hazard/My Turn: Green energy for Greenfield

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Thank you, Mayor William Martin, Carole Collins, director of Energy and Sustainability, and consultant Paul Gromer of Peregrine Energy — for making it possible for everyone in Greenfield to receive “green electricity” at a price lower than the going Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) price! I know that … 0