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Morehouse/My Turn: The state’s SNAP snafu

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Since last October, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has experienced an exceptionally sharp decline in the number of recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps. This sudden drop is due primarily to a “business process redesign” implemented by the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). Although this new system was designed to match caseworkers with clients more quickly and provide … 0

Worgaftik/My Turn: Baystate Franklin update

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

On March 10, members of the Community Health Care Initiative (CHCI) met with Steven Bradley, president, Baystate Health Northern Region and Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC), and Amy Swisher, director of Public and Community Relations at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, to learn more about our regional hospital. This cordial discussion provided information we want to share with the community at large. How is … 0

Bedaw/My Turn: Economic impact takes flight from Orange Airport

Monday, March 30, 2015

In a report released last month by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Orange Municipal Airport was credited with a $13.9 million annual economic impact on western Massachusetts. The MassDOT 2014 Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study summarizes the significant economic benefit that Massachusetts derives from its 39 public-use airports. Input for this study came from numerous data gathering efforts for each airport in … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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