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In the Arena: A roguish point of view

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Is Isaac Mass becoming the Sarah Palin of Greenfield politics? It has been suggested by some people who are not exactly fans of Isaac that his recent public comments on the town’s new tobacco regulations and the debate over regulating wood stoves are indicative of his propensity for “going rogue,” a distinction that Mass acknowledges has some merit. “I’m in the minority on … 0

Greene/My Turn: Giving up plastic bags

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

As the November election approaches, and with it, the three referendum questions on plastics, it has come to my attention that there are some misgivings out there about what these questions might bring. First, let us remember that the ballot questions are very broad and they are nonbinding. What that means is that the voters are being asked their opinion on these three … 0

Earles/My Turn: A critical qualification

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The (Massachusetts) Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) oversees numerous boards of registration that license and regulate hundreds of thousands of individuals and businesses to practice trades and professions in Massachusetts. Their mission is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by licensing qualified individuals and businesses to provide services to consumers. Accordingly, DPL licenses several categories of mental health professionals such as … 0

Clancy/My Turn: Pipeline all about profits

Friday, September 18, 2015

Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. and Berkshire Gas have managed to convince some Massachusetts citizens that the proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Project is a good thing and the pipeline should be built. Their arguments are it will create jobs, lower utility rates and bring new businesses to … 1

In the Arena: On board with schools

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Somewhat lost in the histrionics of last week’s Greenfield School Committee meeting was the appointment of a new board member. Greenfield native Douglas Mayo was the lone applicant to serve out the unexpired term of Jeff Comenitz, who died recently after a brief bout with cancer. It’s the … 0

Doerner/My Turn: A new page with Iran?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

In its waning time in office — working with China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom — the Obama administration has engaged in a fruitful effort to avoid yet another U.S. war in the Middle East. The … 0

Aksamit and Devlin/My Turn: Caring for our common house

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

In honor of the much-anticipated visit of Pope Francis to the United States on Sept. 22-27, Our Lady of Peace Church and the Sacred Earth Committee of the Interfaith Council of Franklin County are sponsoring a presentation and discussion of Francis’ recent teaching document or encyclical on the … 2

Madison/My Turn: Why it’s ‘Black Lives Matter’

Monday, September 14, 2015

I think, fondly, of all the white children I’ve coached and taught in Northampton and Amherst schools for many years. I remember caring for my students as if they were my own children that my wife and I raised in our predominantly white community. I have maintained many … 1

Weiskel/My Turn: Forward-looking jobs

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Jobs vs. Pipeline: Where did this antagonistic notion come from? Whose interests are served by making union workers and pipeline opponents appear to be adversaries? I’ve joined the huge and fast-expanding group of regional residents opposed to this particular Kinder Morgan pipeline, and I don’t know anyone who … 0

Donnelly/My Turn: Tragic US policy failure

Friday, September 11, 2015

It is now undeniable that the “Arab Spring,” championed by neoconservatives and led by the U.S., has created a winter of chaos. Massive U.S. military power left broken states, shattered societies and death. In Iraq alone, as Mideast … 0

In the Arena: Not leaving without a fight

Thursday, September 10, 2015

I’ll admit it: I’m going to miss having Maryelen Calderwood on the Greenfield School Committee. I know that may shock some people, because we’ve had our differences, but it’s simply not going to be the same without “Lord Caldermort” holding the gavel on the first Wednesday of every … 0

Boston/My Turn: Planet over convenience

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Bud Foster is right, those single-use plastic bags sure do have lots of uses we have all gotten used to. And yes, Isaac is right, it would be good if we could all count on people to make good choices so we would not have to pass laws … 0

Sullivan/My Turn: Vigil’s story of pain and hope

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Two themes emerged at the vigil on Northampton’s Main Street to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic: heartbreak and resilience. The heartbreak was etched on the faces of the three mothers who stood before a crowd gathered in the growing darkness on the front lawn of First Churches. … 0