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In the Arena: Leaving a sour taste

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I’m sure that a number of Beacon Hill Democrats will miss having one of their own in the corner office, but I’m not sure they will all be heart-broken to see Deval Patrick exit stage left — or, far-left, depending on your perspective. Steve Kulik, state representative for 1st Franklin District and vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, certainly seemed … 0

Connelly/My Turn: Eliminating plastics

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Plastic trash kills sea animals: turtles, whales, birds and fish. Very few people don’t know this, a tiny minority does not care. Some plastic trash is intentionally created micro particles added to products like toothpaste and some soap gels, supposedly with the purpose of increasing the cleaning power of these products. It has been found, however, that these tiny plastic bits can wedge … 0

Blagg: Reasons to be thankful

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Strictly speaking, we ought to be thankful throughout the year, taking time to appreciate good fortune whenever it occurs, and “smelling the roses” in our daily lives. Does it really take a special day? But, humans being humans, it’s often hard to stop, raise up and look around, and count our many blessings. I have plenty, as it happens, but can’t take credit … 0

Charney/My Turn: No walk on the wild side

Friday, November 21, 2014

On the coldest day of the year — the temperature gauge on the car reads 6 degrees — we bring home a cat. “Dune, “ as in sand dune, I suggest for a name. “Why Dune?” my husband asks. Dune, I explain, conjures up the cat’s buff coloring … 0

In the Arena: Montague gamesmanship

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Is Montague becoming the new Ashfield? It sure looks that way, because much like their friends to the west encountered recently during ongoing battles over the Ashfield House, Open Meeting Law complaints are flowing in Montague like water through the Strathmore canal. Most of the complaints, much like … 0

Wood/My Turn: Unchecked surveillance

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What are we so afraid of? It’s easy to sound crazy when you start to talk about the United States’ sweeping surveillance program. It could be a conspiracy theorist’s fantasy. But in 2013, former NSA analyst Edward Snowden … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Destroyer of families

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ebola not only kills individuals, it destroys families. Heads of households and bread winners die and families are left destitute. At times, children are the only survivors and must fend for themselves in devastated communities. I confronted an … 0

Shepard/My Turn: Unfair representation

Monday, November 17, 2014

I love to watch Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” on CNN. Typically his show is an education and features the culture, customs, social issues consciousness and, most of all, the food that originates from the places he visits. Not completely so in his Massachusetts show that aired on Nov. … 0

Blagg: President out of touch

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It’s time to take a step back and look at our efforts to deal with ISIS, the so-called “Islamic State” group that has caused so much suffering and death in Iraq and Syria. Unfortunately, it’s becoming clear that … 0

In the Arena: Not your typical choice

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin has never been one to shy away from an “out of the box” political move, but His Honor may very well have blown the box apart with his recent hiring of an interim DPW superintendent. Martin announced this week that he has offered the … 0

Leonard/My Turn: Steps taken for forest management

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Northfield Mountain is a pumped storage hydroelectric facility owned and operated by First Light Power Resources in Erving and Northfield. In accordance to their federal license, they offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities, such as cross country skiing and hiking, as well as many environmental and recreational … 0

Hazard/My Turn: Improving Northfield pumped water storage

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Is the Northfield Mountain pumped water storage system a good thing? With relicensing for the next 50 years of that facility on the horizon, and the request to increase the amount of water pumped on the table, there has been much debate on this topic. The need for … 0

Davis: Denial doesn’t work

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Smack dab in the middle between Halloween and Election Day, we heard an alarm that wasn’t exactly a vote of confidence, was no treat and — despite the charges of some disbelievers — is certainly no trick. But as surreal as the dire warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel … 0