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In the Arena: Subdued party crowd

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It was a little after 7 when I pulled open the door at Greenfield’s Ocean Grille, prepared to break my own not-exactly-hard-and-fast rule about refusing to attend party fundraisers the week before a state election. I couldn’t resist because this was being billed a both a fundraiser for unopposed 2nd Berkshire Rep. Paul Mark, who always throws a good party, and a Democratic … 0

Carolan/My Turn: Witness to the horror

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It’s a warm fall night. The stars are twinkling, the moon hangs low. We are seated on a trailer pulled by a farm tractor, bumping along a deeply rutted road into a broad cornfield along the Connecticut River. There are 16 of us — a portion of the hundreds of patrons who have visited this Halloween interactive entertainment venue over the last few … 0

Blagg: Canadians provide lesson

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Last week, a man walked up to a Canadian soldier — Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders — and shot him in the back as he was standing guard at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa. The man, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, of Calgary then drove the few blocks to the … 0

Barbarism's rationale

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What’s with ISIS? ISIS is the latest diabolical monster to come down the human pike: irrational, brutal and bloodthirsty, faux-pious, faux-devout. But ISIS is really nothing more than another instance of what humans do to humans —another historic example of what humans are, in part, about. There’s nothing … 0

Bean/My Turn: Sleepless in Conway

Monday, October 13, 2014

After Conway’s special town meeting, I had a hard time falling asleep. I was excited to see such a large attendance — 231 voters — and proud that so many folks showed up. The Garage Committee and Selectboard had worked hard that evening to present their case for … 0

Blagg: Waging a modern war

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the United States is at war. The opening salvo of the conflict was not, as it might appear on Sept. 11, 2001, but actually in Febru ary 1993, when an enormous … 0

In the Arena: The talk in Montague

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The First Amendment and the state Open Meeting Law weren’t on the agenda at this week’s Montague selectmen’s meeting, but they sure played a role in helping shape the conversation. The Montague board had scheduled what would have been its fourth executive session related to the sale of … 0

Rosnick/My Turn: GCC award a shared honor

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

As I write this, The American Association of Community Colleges has announced the awarding of the prestigious Green Genome Award to five colleges nationwide. Four colleges are being honored, one each for the categories: community engagement, governance, program design and delivery, and strategic partnerships. One college is being … 0

Brewer and Kulik: Prostate cancer awareness

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

We would like to call attention to a disease that is more common and more lethal than even breast cancer in our state: Prostate cancer has become an epidemic, striking as many as one in seven men. This disease is personal — we are prostate cancer survivors. We … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Proud of their service

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I am proud of the U.S. military. This has always been a deep-seated value of mine. A few specific examples might illustrate my position. About 15 years ago, I was invited to give a lecture in Osaka, Japan. To my pleasant surprise, it was well attended and there … 0

Archbald/My Turn: Update the bottle bill

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

On Nov. 4, Massachusetts voters will have an opportunity to reduce litter, increase recycling, save energy, create jobs and save money for their cities and towns by voting “YES” on Question 2. The current “bottle bill” passed in 1982. It put a 5-cent deposit on bottles and cans … 0

Perkins/My Turn: Sign up for solar

Monday, October 6, 2014

Go solar! If you own a home or a business in Greenfield, now is the time to find out if a solar electric (photovoltaic) system is right for you. The Greenfield Solar Challenge is underway and the prices … 0

Blagg: Our forgotten conflict

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Korean War — or “Conflict” if you insist — was an odd chapter in American history. United States troopers suffered about 130,000 casualties — dead and wounded — during the three years of fighting. That’s about half … 0