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Bedaw/My Turn: Economic impact takes flight from Orange Airport

Monday, March 30, 2015

In a report released last month by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Orange Municipal Airport was credited with a $13.9 million annual economic impact on western Massachusetts. The MassDOT 2014 Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study summarizes the significant economic benefit that Massachusetts derives from its 39 public-use airports. Input for this study came from numerous data gathering efforts for each airport in … 0

In the Arena: It gets hot in Montague

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I’ve experienced some tense moments covering local government, but few to rival what occurred at Monday’s Montague selectmen’s meeting. The topic was whether the board would sign a new contract with current cable access television provider, Montague Community Cable Incorporated, or issue a “request for proposals” for a new cable operator, which was the same method they used to edge the Shea board … 0

Cahillane/My Turn: Caught with their pants down

Thursday, March 26, 2015

“PADDY PANTSDOWN!” Is one of my all-time favorite tabloid headlines. It ran in the Sun newspaper when a member of Parliament, Paddy Ashdown, admitted a five-year affair with his secretary. He was afterward knighted then named to the House of Lords as Baron Ashdown of Norton Sub-Hamdon. Ashdown leads the Liberal Democratic party, or Lib-Dems. Somehow his 30-year marriage survived. In U.K. or … 0

Zinan/My Turn: Zombie obsession explained

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Zombies — for a decade and a half now, you can’t escape them. Books, social media, movies, and TV. In response to this onslaught, innumerable essays, like this one, are written to explain the phenomenon. Here is a … 0

Sullivan/My Turn: Being part of the solution to end domestic violence

Monday, March 9, 2015

The eighth annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day was held throughout our state on Thursday. White Ribbon Day is about ending domestic and sexual violence in our communities and making sure that men and boys understand that they can be part of the solution. In the weeks and months … 0

Blagg: A proud newspaperman

Sunday, March 8, 2015

It’s quite understandable, I think, as I wind down my quarter-century or more as Editor of The Recorder, that I think back over my years as a newspaperman. Note that I don’t call myself a “journalist.” In my … 0

Hollins/My Turn: Making the grades

Sunday, March 8, 2015

There is a truth to grade configuration — and it probably won’t please someone with a strong opinion. The truth is … it doesn’t matter. That is to say, grade configuration is not a factor proven to make a difference in creating top-quality schools. All the research I’ve … 0

Jablon/My Turn: What’s inside the school

Friday, March 6, 2015

A well-written editorial, “Fourth-graders and GMS,” in the Feb. 26 Recorder, addressed the difficult steps that Greenfield schools have undertaken over the past few years reconfiguring which grade levels are in elementary, middle,and high school buildings. This reorganizing was done in order to meet the financial challenges and … 0

In the Arena: I don't see a discount store getting built in Greenfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It’s time to face the painful truth, Greenfield — you are never getting your discount retail department store. The running joke used to be that I would only believe Greenfield had a big-box retail store when I was shopping in it. Now, I’m not even prepared to go … 5

Okun/My Turn: White Ribbon Day

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Major League Baseball beginning domestic violence prevention workshops at spring training. The White House launching the “It’s on Us” initiative to prevent sexual assault. Emma Watson and the United Nations are spearheading the new HeforShe movement. Men promoting gender equality and decrying violence against women is “suddenly” the … 0

Culleny: Our exceptional mythology

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Our national mythology leads us to believe in our own goodness. We turn to its scriptures when our sense of righteousness needs stiffening. In them we find words like, “We hold these truths to be self-evident …” or … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: Committed to feeding our neighbors

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

At The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, our mission is to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger. Since 1982, we have been providing emergency food to tens of thousands of food-insecure individuals every year, through our member agencies (including local food pantries, … 0

Bos/My Turn: Climate, Bible studies

Monday, March 2, 2015

“As long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night” — so sayeth the new chair of the U.S. Environment and Public Works Committee paraphrasing Genesis … 0