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In the Arena: Clearing the air

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It always amazes me how people can attend the same meeting and come out with a completely different version of what happened. The latest example occurred this week following a Greenfield Town Council subcommittee forum on home wood stoves and chimneys. The Monday night gathering was billed as a discussion on the environmental impacts of the use of home wood burning devices, something … 0

Reid/My Turn: The Church’s paternalism toward women

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pope Francis’s recent easing of the Roman Catholic Church’s policy of automatic excommunication for women who have had an abortion bespeaks his compassionate nature that has already endeared him to many. But it draws attention to a deeply troubling feature of Church culture: its paternalism toward women. When a woman makes the difficult … 3

In the Arena: Skipping debates

Thursday, September 24, 2015

It looks like 2015 is going to be the year of the “nonpolitician” in Greenfield. Greenfield School Committee candidates Jesse McMillian and Cameron Ward took to Facebook last week — and, Ward’s case, the pages of The Recorder — to announce that they would not be running traditional political campaigns as they seek two of the three, four-year school board seats up for … 0

Sullivan/My Turn: Taking prescription drugs out of equation

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Would you keep an unlocked gun in your home? Of course not, that’s too dangerous. There is too much potential for that gun to get into small or curious hands, resulting in a catastrophic accident. By the same token, you should not keep prescription medications in an unlocked … 0

Proujansky/My Turn: Meeting our energy ‘needs’

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The biggest issue concerning the proposed pipeline is the issue of need. I believe that the issue of need is a fabrication and that the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline is therefore no more than an attempt to steal land for corporate profit and it must be stopped. Let … 2

Lavin-Williams/My Turn: Light the Night for Jenna

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cancer has touched my life several times over — it has taken loved ones from me and put my family through hell. Its tentacles are far-reaching and it does not discriminate. It seems to grab at anyone it … 0

Newman/My Turn: The paths we take together

Monday, September 21, 2015

On a spectacularly clear August morning, our Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus was wending its way above the sharp ravine on narrow Maroon Creek Road in Colorado’s White River National Forest. Steve, the driver, was holding forth on encountering mountain lions, avoiding avalanches and appreciating conifers. He also … 0

Bos/My Turn: Our state of war

Sunday, September 20, 2015

During World War I, civilians made up fewer than 5 percent of all casualties. Today, 75 percent or more of those killed or wounded in wars are noncombatants. And various websites concur that there are over 25 “wars” … 0

Clancy/My Turn: Pipeline all about profits

Friday, September 18, 2015

Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. and Berkshire Gas have managed to convince some Massachusetts citizens that the proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Project is a good thing and the pipeline should be built. Their arguments are it will create jobs, lower utility rates and bring new businesses to … 1

In the Arena: On board with schools

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Somewhat lost in the histrionics of last week’s Greenfield School Committee meeting was the appointment of a new board member. Greenfield native Douglas Mayo was the lone applicant to serve out the unexpired term of Jeff Comenitz, who died recently after a brief bout with cancer. It’s the … 0

Doerner/My Turn: A new page with Iran?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

In its waning time in office — working with China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom — the Obama administration has engaged in a fruitful effort to avoid yet another U.S. war in the Middle East. The … 0

Aksamit and Devlin/My Turn: Caring for our common house

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

In honor of the much-anticipated visit of Pope Francis to the United States on Sept. 22-27, Our Lady of Peace Church and the Sacred Earth Committee of the Interfaith Council of Franklin County are sponsoring a presentation and discussion of Francis’ recent teaching document or encyclical on the … 2

Madison/My Turn: Why it’s ‘Black Lives Matter’

Monday, September 14, 2015

I think, fondly, of all the white children I’ve coached and taught in Northampton and Amherst schools for many years. I remember caring for my students as if they were my own children that my wife and I raised in our predominantly white community. I have maintained many … 1