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Mass/My Turn: Staking out my campaign

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My name is Isaac Mass and I want to be Greenfield’s next at-large town councilor. I believe in Greenfield and know it can be a more vibrant and prosperous city. I know if we focus on the priorities of the community, we can make our city grow and our people more satisfied. I believe in a community with a bustling downtown filled with … 0

Charney/My Turn: Strengthening keystones

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

“I’m a turtle grazer,” she says, introducing herself to the small audience who has come to learn about gopher turtles. Her audience titters. “Really,” she says, “that is my title. ” Turtle grazers carry their 10-pound charges to a designated area to absorb sunlight, investigate the grasses, socialize with other turtles and NOT escape. It’s part of their rehabilitation process before a safe … 0

Swetland/My Turn: The state of local politics

Monday, April 21, 2014

I, like probably most Americans, have been disgusted with national partisan debates that have little or nothing to with improving our lot as citizens. At the same time, I am appalled at the bipartisan foreign policy that is a state of permanent war and intervention that, according to international polling, has given this country the reputation as being the biggest threat to world … 0

Curtis/My Turn: Ensuring a crucial right

Friday, April 4, 2014

“Everyone has the right to education … Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further … 0

In the Arena: Unintended consequences

Thursday, April 3, 2014

There is a definite line between activism and leadership, one that the Greenfield Town Council appears to be straddling as it considers a proposed amendment to the Wetlands Protection Ordinance. The council’s Appointments and Ordinances Committee recently held a public forum on the wetlands issue, a well-attended event … 0

Gijanto/My Turn: Tale of two hospitals

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Two communities: North Adams and Greenfield, Massachusetts. Not dissimilar in size, socioeconomics, industrial history or geography. Two hospitals: one faced with a sudden and traumatic closure that has left area residents in shock and hundreds unemployed; the other getting ready to replace its surgery suite with new construction. … 0

Brown/My Turn: New appreciation for water

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Before I moved to the Southwest, Recorder editorial page editor Justin Abelson agreed that I could submit a periodic column with a perspective different from those voiced in Franklin County. Therefore, I would like to talk about drought. … 0

Boston/My Turn: Too toxic a convenience

Monday, March 31, 2014

We are all part of a living eco-system upon which we depend for our lives. Would you like to live in a town where Nature — the soil, water, air, and all living creatures — had its own Bill of Rights, a kind of invisible fence around Greenfield … 1

Kunhardt/My Turn: Help the YMCA help Franklin County

Monday, March 31, 2014

The YMCA in Greenfield is kicking off its 2014 annual campaign today with a goal of $150,000. All of the funds raised will be used to help Franklin County youth and families have access to the vital programs and services the Y provides. Seven years ago, 12 to … 0

Blagg: ‘Year without a summer’

Sunday, March 30, 2014

OK, I admit it, I’m hankering for a bit of spring warmth — birds building nests, green shoots sprouting up through last year’s plant debris, enough sun to warrant sitting out on my bench and luxuriating in its … 0

In the Arena: Changing tack on Lunt

Thursday, March 27, 2014

It would appear that Greenfield’s abortive efforts to purchase the former Lunt property on Federal Street are finally at an end. Or are they? The Greenfield Town Council appeared to be the final kibosh on Mayor Bill Martin’s efforts to buy the entire parcel Wednesday when it rescinded … 0

Charney/My Turn: No break from hate

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

There is the wiggle-wiggle dance and the shuffling feet. I start to ask, “Do you have to go to the bathroom?” The question is cut off. His head shakes in sharp rebuke. He gives me the look that says, “Grandma, don’t embarrass me again.” My whispers are tantamount … 0

Eiseman/My Turn: Stop this pipeline

Monday, March 24, 2014

In the last several weeks, landowners across the state — from the Berkshires to Essex County — have been contacted by representatives of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (“TGP,” a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.), for … 4