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Mickiwewicz/My Turn: Knowing how to swim

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

As the YMCA in Greenfield’s aquatics director for the past 23 years, I have seen a lot of changes in children over the decades. The majority of children today are pudgier and/or less fit and their average swim skills are very poor; so poor they would not be able to save themselves if they had to swim just 15 feet in deep water. … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Mother Russia

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In the 17th and 18th centuries, Peter I and Catherine the Great, with her well-trained armies, fought a number of wars against the Ottoman Empire. In spite of their numerical inferiority, their troops defeated their rival from the south numerous times and these conflicts resulted in two treaties and in the Russian Empire … 0

Dunlap/My Turn: Untangling opiate abuse

Monday, April 14, 2014

Across Massachusetts, lives are being wasted. State police have recorded nearly 200 deaths from drug overdoses since November, but the actual number could be even higher, as figures from the largest three cities — Boston, Worcester, and Springfield — are not included in the totals. The commonwealth is not alone. The Centers for Disease Control states that death from drug overdose is now … 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Town Council appeared to be the final kibosh on Mayor Bill Martin’s efforts to buy the entire parcel Wednesday when it rescinded … 0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

Blagg: Change leaves me all wet

Sunday, March 23, 2014

It’s a familiar situation. I pull up to a drive-in order kiosk, roll down my window to speak to the attendant and am greeted by a sheet of rain, sleet or snow, pouring in off my roof onto … 0

In the Arena: Connecting some faint dots

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ginning up concerns about potential tax increases can be an effective tactic when challenging an incumbent, something Greenfield Town Council candidate Isaac Mass clearly understands. Mass issued a press release earlier this week focusing on areas of tax policy where he and his opponent, Council President Mark Wisnewski, … 0

LoManto and Wilson/My Turn:Investing in the arts

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Art and culture have been central to the revitalization of Turners Falls and Franklin County. The last decade has seen a steady increase of economic activity generated by the arts, and more residents are participating in arts-related events. Not surprisingly, there has been a growing partnership between area … 0

Becklo/My Turn: Religion and science

Monday, March 17, 2014

I write in response to The Recorder’s Opinion Page (Feb. 24), which depicts in a political cartoon the age of enlightenment’s right of refusal to serve the anti-gay bigotry of certain religions, followed by Mr. Culleny’s invectives on the assault of reason by religion and its magical thinking … 0

Blagg: This doesn’t click with me

Sunday, March 16, 2014

It’s another one of those movie/TV cliches, one we’ve come to expect to see over and over again in various plots — and it’s totally false. Like the old exploding car riff or the “all sprinklers go off when I trip one” — baloney I’ve complained about before … 0

Allen/My Turn: Case for primary prevention

Friday, March 14, 2014

The recent flood of news about heroin and other opioid use in our area has been sobering, and the losses suffered have been tragic. In the face of this crisis, the community is fortunate to have the leadership of Register of Probate John Merrigan, Sheriff Chris Donelan and … 0