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Blagg: Reasons to be thankful

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Strictly speaking, we ought to be thankful throughout the year, taking time to appreciate good fortune whenever it occurs, and “smelling the roses” in our daily lives. Does it really take a special day? But, humans being humans, it’s often hard to stop, raise up and look around, and count our many blessings. I have plenty, as it happens, but can’t take credit … 0

Charney/My Turn: No walk on the wild side

Friday, November 21, 2014

On the coldest day of the year — the temperature gauge on the car reads 6 degrees — we bring home a cat. “Dune, “ as in sand dune, I suggest for a name. “Why Dune?” my husband asks. Dune, I explain, conjures up the cat’s buff coloring and his yellow-green eyes. “Doom,” our grandson announces instead, preferring the dramatic and savage, a … 0

In the Arena: Montague gamesmanship

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Is Montague becoming the new Ashfield? It sure looks that way, because much like their friends to the west encountered recently during ongoing battles over the Ashfield House, Open Meeting Law complaints are flowing in Montague like water through the Strathmore canal. Most of the complaints, much like in Ashfield, are related to missing selectmen’s meeting minutes (which have since been caught up … 0

Hynes/My Turn: The choice is ours

Monday, November 10, 2014

A revolution in energy is underway in Massachusetts, with western Massachusetts at the heart of it. Recently, a community gathering celebrated nearly 40 years of local (and global) opposition to nuclear power, from the toppling of the Northeast Utility monitoring tower on the Montague Plains in 1974 to … 0

Blagg: Third-party candidates

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Third-party candidates pose a thorny question in American politics. Although there are some successes in our history — after all, John C. Fremont’s Republican Party — formerly the Whigs — began as an anti-slavery alternative to James Buchanan’s … 0

Worgaftik/My Turn: Embracing a new economy

Friday, November 7, 2014

In Franklin County, we work to create jobs, especially those that pay a living wage. We also develop our communities by building better broadband, more solar electric opportunities and refurbishing deteriorating buildings. We don’t spend as much time on considering what we want our overall economic structure to … 0

In the Arena: They can work it out

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I’m not usually in the habit of talking ideologues off the ledge, but I would urge any Democrats reading this to take a deep breath, a knee-bend or whatever calming measures may be necessary to fight off any lingering depression left over from Tuesday’s election. Though it may … 0

Howland/My Turn: The energy structure

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The announcement of National Grid’s 37 percent increase in residential electrical rates has made it painfully obvious that the federal and state agencies charged with the responsibility of managing “reliable” electrical power supplies at “competitive prices” for the New England states have failed in their mission. Lest we … 0

Charney/My Turn: Coloring my fall

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

It started with yellow jackets. Swarms appeared in our house a few weeks ago, massing against windowpanes. They were drowsy, languid creatures bent only on the light, so easy to swat. One after the other, they fell, corpses to be removed with dustpan and brush. I found I … 0

Brown/My Turn: Men and war on my mind

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Every day, another veteran from World War II passes away. Those who fought in the Korean War are not far behind. That leaves the Vietnam War as the next group to commemorate as its veterans, too, get long in the tooth. For many of us reading this, Vietnam … 0

Bos/My Turn: Selling a way of thinking

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

In 1949, George Orwell published his prescient novel “1984,” which was set in a time of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation, dictated by a political system governed by a privileged party of the elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as “thought crimes.” Some … 0

Aksamit and Mareneck/My Turn: It takes a community

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Recorder is to be highly commended for its series on domestic violence. In an age of cheap tabloid sensationalism and disregard for the facts, it is refreshing to read about the crisis of domestic violence, the price paid by its victims and the impact on society when … 0

Boston/My Turn: Let’s get hooked to solar

Monday, November 3, 2014

I own a home that is heated with oil. I wanted to find a way to reduce my dependence on energy generated by gas, coal, oil or nuclear power in order to do my part to lower the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) that is causing climate … 0