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Culleny: The fire in the brain

Friday, April 24, 2015

When I commented on two online photos that compared youth activities in the 1970s (guitar playing/singing) to those today (screen viewing/texting), I got in trouble with a younger friend who accused me of judging the first to be superior to the second. He said he was tired of older people whining about how it is now compared to how it was. He had … 0

Woolner/My Turn: My choice to protest

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

“You should be ashamed of yourself.” “Thanks for doing this.” These disparate comments came from two different white police officers just before I was arrested for refusing to move while obstructing traffic during a peaceful demonstration on Tuesday, April 14, at the “X” in Springfield. Why was I being shamed and thanked? National … 0

Norman/My Turn: Lesson in uncivil discourse

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A collection of Greenfield residents from several precincts recently attended an evening meeting of a Town Council subcommittee regarding a draft zoning ordinance on the relatively obscure topic of “accessory dwelling units.” What motivated these neighbors to speak out on this issue? The answer is simple: they came to protect the value of their largest single investment — their home. They also gathered … 0

Editorial: Keep Yankee’s emergency plan in place

Monday, April 20, 2015

The following message is to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Entergy: safety trumps shortcuts. This should have long been understood about operating a nuclear power plant, including every step of the decommissioning process. A number of Franklin County towns and neighboring communities in New Hampshire and Vermont have … 1

Myer/My Turn: hardly a model river

Monday, April 20, 2015

A lifeless, three-foot long Connecticut River shortnose sturgeon sits on display at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls. The shortnose has been this river’s only federally-endangered fish since 1967. That plastic sturgeon has sat amidst other replica fish for a dozen years now—a plastic American shad, … 0

My Turn: The heroin trail to jail

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Editor’s note: This My Turn column was submitted by Revan Schendler, who teaches a class through Greenfield Community College at the Franklin County jail on the sociology of crime and punishment, and facilitates a weekly discussion group, and Kerry Williamson on behalf of residents at the Franklin County … 0

In the Arena: Building a reputation

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I no longer live in Greenfield, but if I did, Town Councilor Mark Maloni would get my vote every time. I don’t think I’ve ever said that about any elected town official before, but it’s a claim I make unabashedly, one that was reinforced after seeing and hearing … 0

Newman/My Turn: Fiction that rings too true

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

After almost 40 years as a civil rights attorney, nothing that law enforcement does to shred constitutional guarantees should surprise me. But a recent news report did in fact make me flinch. The Chicago police, America has learned, … 0

Kehler/My Turn: Pushing back against war

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Virtually no one likes war. Everyone, everywhere — soldiers and civilians alike — say they oppose war and that war is a horrendous waste of lives and resources. So why do we Americans not only keep engaging in wars, but often initiate them? Usually, the answer is either … 0

King and King/My Turn: Problems with broadband plan

Monday, April 13, 2015

We wanted to voice our opinion regarding the current discussion of bringing fiber-optic broadband through WiredWest to Warwick. We have been property owners and small business owners in Warwick for 26 years, choosing to live “off the grid” on a large tract of land with a driveway over … 1

Connelly/My Turn: Seeing the signs of collapse

Monday, April 13, 2015

I wish to thank The Recorder for printing the March 31 article, “Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards for high tech jobs.” The subject in this article is reminiscent of my 1970 graduate school thesis, which included analysis of the rapidly rising cost of spies and police … 0

Booth/My Turn: Bicycle safety

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I’m writing in response to the recent Recorder article reporting a 14-year-old boy hit by a motorist on Silver Street while biking to school. (“Frosty windshield lands teen cyclist in hospital after car accident” — March 25). First of all, I want to express the relief we all … 0

Hynes/My Turn: Bring our war dollars home

Sunday, April 12, 2015

What do our income taxes pay for? Our federal income taxes pay for mandatory federal budget programs, including Social Security and Medicare and interest on federal debt. They also pay for discretionary budget programs, among them education, housing, energy, environment, transportation, food and agriculture and defense. “The budget … 0