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Mark/My Turn: Pardon Leonard Peltier

Friday, February 5, 2016

Leonard Peltier has been confined in prison for more than 40 years. He was charged with the shooting-death of two FBI agents, Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, in the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. However, the facts around his case show a dismal miscarriage of justice. It looks like the only way Leonard Peltier will be free to go home to friends and … 2

In the Arena: New bridge between schools and council

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Valentine’s Day is next weekend, but that didn’t stop Greenfield’s newest School Committee chairman from throwing a few bouquets in the direction of the new Town Council at its most recent meeting. Tim Farrell struck an exceedingly conciliatory tone, making it clear that the “town side” of government will have an easier time dealing with him than the committee’s previous leadership. “There’s a … 0

Hynes/My Turn: A citizen of the world

Friday, January 29, 2016

Donald Trump’s odious, ugly American pledge to prohibit Muslims from entering our country stirred long-cherished memories of my Muslim and Arab students and friends. I am looking at two small cream-colored pillows nestled into corners of our living room chairs. They are embossed with arabesque designs on their borders; and silver filigree threading … 0

In the Arena: Rumbling over Greenfield

Thursday, January 28, 2016

There may not be a municipal election in Greenfield in November, but this may not exactly be the political “breather” year some are expecting. Let’s consider a few potential issues that popped up at the most recent Greenfield Town Council meeting. Budget storm clouds? Greenfield has had a … 2

Fraser/My Turn: His was a life of service

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

“The people shall have the right to clean air and water, freedom from excessive and unnecessary noise, and the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic qualities of their environment …” — Robert D. Wetmore That excerpt is from the … 0

Cahillane/My Turn: Waking up to Trump

Friday, January 22, 2016

I don’t like the sight of neo-fascist Brown Shirts just up the road in Burlington, Vt., or anywhere else in 2016 America. We have seen this obscenity before in the movies, and real for others, in Vienna, Hamburg … 0

Hogen/My Turn: Witness to our ‘ugly truths’

Thursday, January 21, 2016

When the timing is right, the very sound of singing might break the chains of suffering. That is why I sang with 20 other Witness Against Torture activists, flanked by our supporters, as we faced the White House … 1

McColgan/My Turn: Steering the ship of state

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Here are a few thoughts after reading “Harbinger of 2016 Election,” by Carl Leubsdorf (Recorder, Jan. 14). I found it to be a largely accurate and balanced assessment of the State of the Union address of Tuesday night, … 0

McIver/My Turn: Injured in the line of duty

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

On April 3, 2007, I took an oath to serve and protect the people of Greenfield and all those that come here. We took an oath that has pushed firefighters and police officers to act in heroic ways to save life and property. However, the reality exists that … 0

Touloumtzis/My Turn: Keeping sidewalks clear, safe

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Sustainable Greenfield (Master Plan) Implementation Committee wants to offer a timely reminder that we have a newly updated sidewalk clearing ordinance in Greenfield. Last July, in the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Greenfield Town Council unanimously voted to amend the ordinance requiring … 0

In the Arena: Awaiting a chain reaction on HRC recommendations

Thursday, January 14, 2016

If it wasn’t before, the Dan McCarthy-Confederate flag flap is certainly now a political issue for the Greenfield Town Council and Mayor Bill Martin. That came this week courtesy of the Greenfield Human Rights Commission, which has recommended that the entire Greenfield Police Department undergo sensitivity and cultural … 0

Brown/My Turn: Loosen fear’s grip

Sunday, January 10, 2016

I’m sure readers are familiar with “The Twilight Zone,” one of the better shows on television throughout the early 1960s. Although most episodes dealt with paranormal phenomenon and things that go bump in the night, the more thought-provoking … 7

Bridge/My Turn: Climate change conversation

Friday, January 8, 2016

Last month’s Paris summit on climate change succeeded in at least one important way: we now talk more freely about what’s really happening, and what to do about it. The diplomats and scientists there outlined a harsh future. … 0