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Brown/My Turn: Fratricidal brothers

Friday, July 25, 2014

Back during the Clinton administration, political cartoonist Pat Oliphant had a perfect artistic device for illustrating the never-ending Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Two twin toddlers, one labeled “Israel,” the other “Palestine” charge into the Oval Office howling, “We need out diapers changed again!” The president gives them both a look of resigned irritation. I, personally, … 0

In the Arena: Back to the drawing board

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Maybe we should start referring to it as the “ordinance that will not die.” Seriously, there are cyborgs in “Terminator” movies that are easier to kill than Greenfield’s proposed noise control ordinance, which was sent back to committee this week after the Town Council voted to sustain Mayor Bill Martin’s veto of the measure deemed by some town officials to be unenforceable in … 0

Bates/My Turn: Do some energy math

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let’s do the math concerning wind and solar energy as they relate to western Massachusetts. First, let me get this out of the way. If you are anti-CO2, anti-nuclear, anti-methane, then you must be for darkness. Because darkness is what will happen in this region if the residents continue to be anti-everything except … 0

Zinan/My Turn: Revolution? Unlikely

Monday, July 14, 2014

July 2014 marks the three-year anniversary of the birth of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. “We are the 99 percent” seared into our memory banks. Presently, Robert Reich, Paul Krugman and economics professors at University of Massachusetts and elsewhere bombard the media daily with the latest wealth/income … 1

Blagg: More meow than roar

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It was 1931, and the League of Nations, formed after World War I to “prevent wars through collective security and disarmament and settle international disputes through negotiation and arbitration,” was just a dozen years old. Since its formation, … 0

Wentworth/My Turn: Meddling in the Ukraine

Friday, July 11, 2014

“The U.S. mainstream media portrays the Ukraine crisis as a case of Russian ‘imperialism,’ but the reality is that Moscow has been reacting to aggressive moves by Washington to expand NATO to Russia’s border in violation of a … 0

In the Arena: Every vote counts

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Still think your vote doesn’t count, newshounds? Try telling that to parents of students in the Pioneer Regional School District, where the budget has been thrown into limbo by Tuesday’s 262-262 tie vote that effectively kills the budget-balancing Proposition 21/2 override needed to ratify the Pioneer spending plan … 0

Hynes/My Turn: Agent Orange’s deadly legacy

Monday, July 7, 2014

Vietnam veterans fought an uphill battle to win “presumed exposure” to Agent Orange and not until 1991 did they gain disability, medical and survivor benefits that the Veterans Administration had denied them for 20 years. Recently, another set … 0

Blagg: Shipwreck mysteries

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Reading about the purported discovery of the wreck of the Griffin, the first real ship ever to sail the Great Lakes, took me back to my Bermuda days. One summer in the ’60s, while I was living with my parents during summer break, I worked as an instructor … 0

Charney/My Turn: Nightly bird count

Friday, July 4, 2014

“Auk, albatross, anhinga ....” At night, she counts birds, reciting their names in an alphabetical order. She hopes that their syllables will lull her to sleep. “Blue booted booby, bobolink, bunting.” Some of the birds she knows and has seen, an anhinga drying its wings in the crook … 0

In the Arena: Not all say ‘nay’ to pipeline

Thursday, July 3, 2014

You’d be as likely to find a lynx walking down Main Street these days as a politician willing to say anything remotely positive about the gas pipeline being proposed for Franklin County. Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin broke that streak this past week when he told me that Greenfield … 1

Hawley assessors/My Turn: Toward a fiscal collapse

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Hawley Board of Assessors finds New England Forestry Foundation’s response to the Supreme Judicial Court ruling in their favor (Recorder, June 11), to be, at best, disingenuous. We will not dwell on our conviction that the Appellate Tax Board was, in 2011, correct in its determination that … 0

Hazard/My Turn: Closer look at natural gas

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Do we want and need the natural gas that is being extracted in the USA today? From a business perspective, there is no question that there is money to be made and that the more we have, the … 0