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Culleny: The fire in the brain

Friday, April 24, 2015

When I commented on two online photos that compared youth activities in the 1970s (guitar playing/singing) to those today (screen viewing/texting), I got in trouble with a younger friend who accused me of judging the first to be superior to the second. He said he was tired of older people whining about how it is now compared to how it was. He had … 0

Woolner/My Turn: My choice to protest

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

“You should be ashamed of yourself.” “Thanks for doing this.” These disparate comments came from two different white police officers just before I was arrested for refusing to move while obstructing traffic during a peaceful demonstration on Tuesday, April 14, at the “X” in Springfield. Why was I being shamed and thanked? National … 0

Norman/My Turn: Lesson in uncivil discourse

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A collection of Greenfield residents from several precincts recently attended an evening meeting of a Town Council subcommittee regarding a draft zoning ordinance on the relatively obscure topic of “accessory dwelling units.” What motivated these neighbors to speak out on this issue? The answer is simple: they came to protect the value of their largest single investment — their home. They also gathered … 0

Green/My Turn: Your care, your decisions

Friday, April 10, 2015

April 16, Thursday, is National Healthcare Decisions Day, which aims to increase awareness of the benefits of advance care planning. Medical-decision making is best done in advance, allowing time to consider personal choices in the event of a catastrophic illness. Studies indicate that most Americans have not exercised … 0

In the Arena: Pay raise for mayor?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Don’t look now, but Greenfield’s mayor may be about to get a big raise. The Greenfield Town Council is considering a proposal to increase Mayor Bill Martin’s annual salary from $70,000 to $85,000, the push for which is coming from At-Large Councilor Patrick Devlin, who says he believes … 0

Iranian talks offer hope, critics don’t

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

It may be the most important news story of the decade: The United States, in concert with five other world powers, has negotiated a preliminary agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear program. Before we consider this, we … 0

Bos/My Turn: Our national procrastination

Monday, April 6, 2015

I am in the process of packing up everything I own, taking suits I have not worn for more than a decade (but still fit!) to the Cancer Connection thrift store, spending more time on Craigslist selling “stuff” … 0

Gran/My Turn: New age of consequences

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Washington Post article on Feb. 25 stated: “Residents of the eastern United States are enduring one of the most painfully cold periods in modern times. Since January, Syracuse, N.Y. has never had more days below zero. Bangor, Maine, is witnessing its coldest month ever recorded.” The Northeast … 0

In the Arena: Back in Greenfield’s till

Thursday, April 2, 2015

How would you react if someone handed you $10,000 to spend on projects to improve your neighborhood? I’m assuming most people might be pretty psyched, which has not exactly been the reaction of a number of members of the Greenfield Town Council who were facing that very scenario, … 0

Touloumtzis/My Turn: Let’s value our trees

Thursday, April 2, 2015

I greatly appreciated Roxann Wedegartner’s letter on March 14 about the trees that were removed on Hastings Street. Her testimony about the demonstrated value of street trees was persuasive and her heartfelt lament about the loss of these seven trees — so familiar to her and her neighbors … 1

Morehouse/My Turn: The state’s SNAP snafu

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Since last October, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has experienced an exceptionally sharp decline in the number of recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps. This sudden drop is due primarily to a “business process redesign” implemented by the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). … 0

Worgaftik/My Turn: Baystate Franklin update

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

On March 10, members of the Community Health Care Initiative (CHCI) met with Steven Bradley, president, Baystate Health Northern Region and Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC), and Amy Swisher, director of Public and Community Relations at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, to learn more about our regional hospital. This … 0

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 … 0