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Shaney/My Turn: What I want to believe

Monday, September 15, 2014

The pipeline. An awful lot has been written about it. I want to believe … I want to believe that the two resolutions that passed overwhelmingly in my town of Ashfield — one to ban the pipeline, one to put forth community rights — mean something. I want to believe that ALL of the resolutions passed in all of the towns along the … 1

Blagg: Connecting history’s dots

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Every once in awhile, the stars align and mysterious — and interesting — things happen. That was the case the other day for me. I was listening to NPR in the morning, as usual, when I heard a story about the anniversary of the creation of our national anthem. Francis Scott Key, it turns out, scribbled the words to “The Star Spangled Banner” … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Policy of innovation

Friday, September 12, 2014

There has been much discussion on a superficial level as to what is the foreign policy of the Obama administration. The most generous minded describe it as cautious and as very reluctant to send in the troops. The latter may be a value that most U.S. citizens for a greater part share. A … 0

In the Arena: A mess with diapers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Who knew raising awareness about donating disposable diapers to poor families would be such a controversial issue? Actually, it wasn’t — until Montague Selectman Mike Nelson spoke up against a proclamation declaring Sept. 8-14 “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in Montague. “While I respect and applaud you for your … 0

McIver/My Turn: Our health care direction

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In 2011, the governor’s office signed into law Sections 21-23 of Chapter 32B. These sections became known as the Municipal Health Reform Act. That same year, Mayor William Martin approached the Town Council and requested adoption of these sections in order to control rising health insurance costs. Town … 0

Moss/My Turn: Restoring a critical balance

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Welcome to the Third World! In imperialism’s heyday, we colonized other countries, other peoples, to plunder their riches for our enjoyment. Today, corporations colonize us. It’s called privatizing profits and socializing costs. For a fictionalized view of what it’s like to live under corporate hegemony, turn to Ishmael … 1

Culleny: Justice only for some

Monday, September 8, 2014

There’s are good and prudent reasons not to have armies policing citizens; they have to do with issues of function and mental attitude. A police force is established to protect citizens against lawbreakers, armies are created to fight … 0

Blagg:McKinley's assassination shocks the nation

Sunday, September 7, 2014

One hundred and thirteen years ago, on Sept. 6, 1901, at about 4 in the afternoon, President William McKinley was shot at point-blank range by an anarchist, Leon Czolgosz. McKinley was shaking hands at a reception at the … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: Acting on hunger

Friday, September 5, 2014

September is national Hunger Action Month. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the entire Feeding America nationwide network of 200-plus food banks have joined forces to raise awareness to fight hunger. Everyone has a unique opportunity to take action this month and make a difference in your … 0

In the Arena: ‘Unenrolled’ hold the key

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Massachusetts may not be quite as “blue” as we think it is and that may be good news for local candidates looking to take out a pair of entrenched incumbents this fall. According to numbers released this week by Secretary of State Bill Galvin, just over 35 percent … 1

Youngblood/My Turn: An energy education

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

At the Boston Common on July 30, anti-pipeline rallyers enthusiastically agreed that we must all “Say Yes: to a Fix-It-First pipeline policy”; to new storage tanks (not pipelines across green fields) for meeting peak energy demands; to jobs and job training for the future; to a level-playing field … 0

Kelly/My Turn: Join the protest

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Consider signing up on the bus and going to New York City on Sept. 21. This is the date of a giant protest March at the United Nations, calling for leadership and more powerful policies to address climate change. With your support, this is likely to be one … 0

Blagg: Railroad town at heart

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wow! That’s what I thought when I read the story in The Recorder about Gov. Patrick chugging into town on a special train to announce that the state is spending a pretty good chunk of money — $17 million, he said — to get ready for Amtrak’s Vermonter. … 0