Columns

In the Arena: Thanks!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This may seem hard to believe, but this week marks the 15th year I’ve been writing this column. During that time, a lot of political water has gone under the bridge, some dirtier than I’d care to admit. And I’ve been pretty blunt, at times, in my efforts, as the columnist’s creed goes, “to give comfort to the afflicted while afflicting the comfortable.” … 0

Hynes and Crowe/My Turn: ‘Christmas Truce’ signified truth

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By H. PATRICIA HYNES and FRANCES CROWE Along the western front of World War I lie miles of cemeteries for British, Scottish, Belgian, French and other soldiers killed in the war. In a lone, out-of-the way plot in this land of teenage war dead, a large cross and a dozen small ones honor … 0

Blagg: Detrimental to democracy

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Democracies aren’t particularly good at reacting to sudden threats — they tend to overreact, exhibiting signs of paranoia and even hysteria in the aftermath of an unexpected attack or crisis. And in that period immediately following the event, there is a tendency to carelessly toss out the basic tenets of the Rule of … 0

Bos/My Turn: Capitol Christmas

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the House Tea party conservatives continued to grouse About immigrants for which they had not a care, Nor Obama’s executive order which caused them despair. Republicans were nestled all snug … 0

Brown/My Turn: Brotherly invitation

Friday, December 12, 2014

Having grown up Jewish in New York City, I never dreamed in a million years to find myself marching in a procession under a starlit New Mexican sky toward a triple crucifix, one illuminated by bonfires and accompanied by a crowd of Hispanic men who belonged to an … 1

In the Arena: She loved Greenfield

Thursday, December 11, 2014

She loved Greenfield more than the town sometimes loved itself. Those were the words that kept running through my mind this week as I tried to conjure up a fitting epitaph for former Greenfield Town Councilor Barbara Tillmanns, who passed away Sunday at the age of 72. “Barbara … 1

Wedegartner/My Turn: Part of the pain solution

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Like many people, I am very concerned with the endemic rise in opioid abuse in our communities. As a health care professional, I am doubly concerned when I hear that many in the health care professions bear some responsibility for the increase in addictions. However, a bright light … 0

Clarke/My Turn: Oh that liberal media bias

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

“Clark — that’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year …” — “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” I like to think of the liberal media as my own personal jelly-of-the-month club. Give, they do. The tragedy in … 0

Charney/My Turn: Brooding at home

Monday, December 8, 2014

“Soup,” my husband proposes. “Not soup, no way,” I counter. We are discussing the fate of our “old girls,” with winter ahead and chickens, who are no longer in the business of laying eggs, but in need of grain and daily upkeep. We started with 12. Three years … 0

Blagg: An ugly, sad reminder

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ugly, sad memories. The riots — and that’s what they were, not “protests” — in Ferguson, Mo., brought back things I’d rather forget ... 1968, for example, a week or two after Martin Luther King was murdered. Watching … 0

Smith/My Turn: Stocking stumper

Friday, December 5, 2014

It has been a good many years now of stocking stuffing and Santa and I seem finally to have our reindeer in a row. But this year, there’s a new twist, an expansion. This year, there will be … 0

In the Arena: Resistant to change

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Greenfield taxpayers can nestle all snug in their beds this holiday season safe in the knowledge that the collective bargaining rights of public employees remain alive and well in their fair city. In what was clearly the most informative debate yet on the topic, the Greenfield Town Council … 0

Johnson/My Turn: Our energy future

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The announcement of a close to 30 percent increase in electricity rates by WMECO and National Grid is to be expected, as the fallout from the closing of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant becomes real. This attitude of being … 0