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In the Arena: Catching up with Warren

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I don’t know if Sen. Elizabeth Warren is going to be a candidate for president, but she sure sounded like it during last week’s visit to Greenfield Community College. “There was a time when our government viewed helping people pay for college as an investment,” Warren said during a press gaggle inside the college’s front door. “The idea was if you were willing … 0

Gran/My Turn: Hot under the blanket

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

“It’s now official, 2014 was the warmest year on record.” Most of you have probably heard this by now. Those who understand the reality of global warming will not be surprised. Those who deny the reality of global warming will now have additional scientific data to ignore. This will be added to a … 0

Pick/My Turn: Electricity use and you

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Homeowners, who are understandably shocked and outraged by recent, huge jumps in their electricity bills, have been asking for my professional opinion, as a home-energy consultant, about switching to a cheaper electricity supplier. My reply: “Buyer beware!” While suppliers may offer a discount from current high prices, it’s possible that they may lock you in, for several years, to a price that is … 1

Charney/My Turn: Falling behind the times

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I suppose that I was whining about the cold or my crotchety old joints, when someone cited that annoying platitude “you’re only as old as you feel.” That didn’t exactly cheer me up since I was already feeling … 0

Culleny: Eternity can wait

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Ask yourself this: is it possible to run out of time? I don’t mean personally and finally —although, even in that case we don’t really run out of time, it’s like time runs us out — kicks us … 1

Doerner/My Turn: Russia’s defensive reaction

Monday, February 9, 2015

Anyone respecting the historical record can come to only one conclusion regarding Russia’s repossession of Crimea and its hovering over Ukraine. President Barack Obama is directing European partners in a grand delusion — this largely in the corporate-military … 2

Blagg: Snipers now the target

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I must confess, I’ve been bemused — and sometimes amused — by the earnest debate generated by the recent success of the movie “American Sniper.” The discussion has ranged from continuing unhappiness with the whole idea of the … 1

Engelman/My Turn: Bring an end to this mutilation

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thursday, Feb. 6, marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the practice of cutting or removing parts of the female genitalia for nonmedical reasons. It is a global health issue that affects more than 100 million women, restricts their sexuality and promotes male … 0

In the Arena: Let the mayoral race begin

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The 2015 Greenfield mayoral election season is scheduled to officially begin tonight with the formal campaign announcement by Patty Morey Walker. Morey Walker is expected to make the announcement at 5 this afternoon at the Arts Block, and while I’d love to be able to give you some … 0

Kosterman/My Turn: Vermont Yankee still a public safety threat

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

When Vermont Yankee nuclear plant shut down on Dec. 29, 2014, the threat to public safety did not end, in fact it may have increased. The temporary spent fuel pool is now holding four times as much spent fuel as it was designed to hold (close to 3,000 … 1

Seamans/My Turn: Straight shooting on guns

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Joe Schwertz was the riflery instructor for boy shooters at Lincoln Hill Camp. Lincoln Hill was a summer camp for choir boys who sang in Episcopal churches in the eastern part of our state. Tuition was free, and … 1

Housen/My Turn: Why this pipeline makes sense

Monday, February 2, 2015

In early January, most of Massachusetts experienced the coldest temperatures in years, with below-zero temperatures in many parts of the state. Residents and businesses, already reeling from the impact of increased energy prices to heat and light their homes and power their companies, are facing another costly heating … 1

Blagg: Following the cod

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Back when European colonists first began arriving on North American shores, hoping to build viable communities in a land that promised seemingly endless land and opportunity, they were following a fish. Long before anyone thought seriously of living … 0