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Charney/My Turn: Brush with 'alligator teeth'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My message machine blinked its red light. It was the first thing I noticed. “Grandma are you OK?” was the message. “I’m worried about you.” I called back immediately, even before I dropped my bags and sat down. “I’m fine,” I told him. “I’m just fine.” “OK,” he said, with that sort of … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Russia’s growing appetitie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Putin’s attempt to seize the Ukraine and his successful annexation of Crimea in part was provoked by June 27, the date that the European Union (EU), Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia had set for bringing these countries into a constructive long-term economic relationship with Europe. Leading up to this now-signed agreement in a recent … 0

Coli/My Turn: Hardly a compromise

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is a letter we sent to Rep. Kulik, and Sens. Downing and Dempsey in regard to a bill (H4185) pending in the Legislature. Gentlemen, My wife Norma and I would like to go on record concerning our disappointment with the recent release of H4185 (the so-called “compromise bill”) from the Joint Committee of Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy that Sen. Downing co-chairs. Our … 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

Davis: Our common denominator

Monday, June 30, 2014

“Two forces are in constant battle inside each of us, and in the world,” a grandfather tells his young grandson: “Good and Evil.” “But which will win?” asks the boy. “The one we feed.” Rwandan author and lecturer Joseph Sebarenzi shared this story with more than 55 of … 0

Blagg: Ivory ban enforcement hits sour note

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The other day, poachers used a poison arrow to kill Satao, one of Kenya’s most adored elephants. They then hacked off his 61/ 2-foot-long tusks and carried them off to sell for their ivory, reaping a large reward … 1

In the Arena: Playing hardball with the MIAA

Thursday, June 26, 2014

If anyone is looking for a spare photo of 2nd Hampshire state Rep. John Scibak, you might want to check the dartboards in the executive offices of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. Scibak isn’t too popular with that organization these days, mostly because he had the audacity to … 1