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In the Arena: Election night disappointment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The only thing missing from Montague Town Hall on Monday night was a boom box playing a continuous loop of “Garden Party” by the late Ricky Nelson. Just as Nelson was booed out of Madison Square Garden on that fateful night in 1971, Montague Selectman Mark Fairbrother has been summarily dismissed by voters in one of the more decisive electoral skunkings in recent … 0

Newman/My Turn: Wedding hopes in the wings

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

No one at the rally on Main Street outside Northampton City Hall on the evening of Nov. 18, 2003, will forget that celebration. People hugged and cheered. Balloons floated. Signs were hoisted. Rainbow flags were waived. And Rachel Maddow spoke. Earlier that day, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court had issued its decision in the Goodridge case, holding that our state constitution guaranteed gays … 0

Benzaia/My Turn: Preschool plans create questions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As someone who has been working in the field of early education for nearly 20 years, no one has to convince me of the importance of a quality early-learning experience for a child. The Girls Club of Greenfield and its branches, Valley Play School and Camp Lion Knoll, have been providing quality early learning experiences for children as early as the 1950s. However, … 0

Grant/My Turn: Martin Luther’s story

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

“Whatever you’ve seen in the movies and pictures, Martin Luther probably didn’t nail his ‘95 theses’ onto a church door in Wittenberg.” That’s a quote from the “Conflict to Communion” story in the May 2 Recorder. The door in question was the entry of Wittenberg Castle (Catholic) Church; … 0

Keith/My Turn: Played by the pipeline

Monday, May 18, 2015

As we have heard, Berkshire Gas spokesman Christopher Farrell is frustrated with pipeline opponents. To be fair, of all the local distribution companies in Massachusetts, Berkshire may have the most to gain from Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Direct (NED) Project. Berkshire Gas currently depends on Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas … 0

MacDougall/My Turn: Antidote for hopelessness

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Each time I read a news story full of violence or chaos, I have a choice: I can feel defeated or I can remain hopeful. I opt for the latter by consistently witnessing people working on projects that transform lives. Compassionate action within community is the antidote to … 0

Potee/My Turn: The disease of addiction

Friday, May 15, 2015

Michael Botticelli, the White House drug czar, stood in front of an international gathering of 1,500 addiction doctors and said, “Let me tell you about the inmates at the Franklin County House of Corrections in Massachusetts.” He proceeded to discuss their recent column in this newspaper and their … 0

In the Arena: A happening committee

Thursday, May 14, 2015

If you are looking for political intrigue, the place to be these days seems to be the Greenfield Town Council’s Appointments and Ordinances Committee. Most times, covering a council subcommittee lands on the pleasantry scale somewhere between a root canal and an aggressive teeth cleaning appointment. Not so … 0

Foote/My Turn: WiredWest effort works for Warwick

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

In a letter published in The Recorder on April 14 regarding the WiredWest initiative in the Town of Warwick, there are a number of points that need to be considered. The need for a fiber-optic cable to the home in Warwick cannot be underestimated. It is highly unlikely … 0

Brown/My Turn: Politics’ false spirituality

Monday, May 11, 2015

Every year, the residents at Taos Pueblo do an interesting thing. They shut their community off to outsiders for an entire month, quite literally, as a Taos Pueblo Police cruiser blocks the entrance and only allows in the folks who live there. Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO World … 0

O’Rourke/My Turn: Invasion of machines on the landscape

Monday, May 11, 2015

The leaf-blower was as loud as a chainsaw at Buckland Shelburne School and it continued for hours, day after day. Along with another large riding machine, the sidewalks were swept clean and the conscientious workers have chased down every leaf in the schoolyard. When the children returned after … 0

Wilson/My Turn: Civil legal aid needs funding

Sunday, May 10, 2015

While it is generally understood that legal representation is guaranteed by the federal and Massachusetts constitutions in criminal cases that involve even the possibility of a jail sentence, no such right exists in most civil cases, even when a person’s home, physical safety, relationship to his or her … 0

Charney/My Turn: Siri joins the family

Friday, May 8, 2015

“Did Fidel Castro die?” my husband asked, apropos of a news report. “No he is still alive,” I replied, first with authority, then becoming more tentative. “I think he died,” my husband asserted, a wee bit more tentative as well. In the past, this wouldn’t have stopped us … 0