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Mark/My Turn: Keeping college affordable

Friday, January 30, 2015

The inability to afford a college education should never stand in the way of a promising student’s success. I remember it like it was yesterday, I had made the decision not to return to college in the fall, and I was wondering where my life would end up. I was a student at UMass, but I realized I couldn’t afford to be there … 0

In the Arena: Key help wanted post

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Now that the “storm of the century” is behind us, Greenfield’s mayor plans to turn his attention to finding a replacement for Economic Development Director Bob Pyers, who officially leaves the job Monday. “That’s something I’m going to have to tackle beginning this week,” Martin said. “We’ve got a lot of things going on and we need someone in that job, maybe even … 0

Browning/My Turn: The right shoe

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I recently conducted a shoe-c utting party for the charity, Sole Hope, at the Greenfield Public library. I was so inspired that I am thinking of hosting another event in February. Let me share: From the time I was a little girl, shoes have always played an important role in my life (I … 0

Rasbury-DeViolet/My Turn: No escaping leaf blowers

Friday, January 16, 2015

With the arrival of winter in New England, one expects a reprieve from the hand-held, gas-powered acoustic weapons we all know as leaf blowers. I was horrified to hear, then see an army of men use these machines in my neighborhood at 6:30 in the morning, in 12-degree … 0

In the Arena: Looking out for western Mass.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

As reporters, we are trained to keep our emotions out of the story, but that was tough to do last week while watching now-Senate President Stan Rosenberg chair the recent joint session of the Legislature during the swearing-in of new Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karen Polito. … 0

Blixt/My Turn: Leaving me with a smile

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I have no idea what Recorder sports columnist Chip Ainsworth is talking about most of the time. Whatever it is, however, it makes me smile. This is why, although I know nothing about sports, I eagerly follow as Chip leads me through the depravity of UMass hockey, the … 0

Hazard/My Turn: Green energy for Greenfield

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Thank you, Mayor William Martin, Carole Collins, director of Energy and Sustainability, and consultant Paul Gromer of Peregrine Energy — for making it possible for everyone in Greenfield to receive “green electricity” at a price lower than the going Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) price! I know that … 0

Zinan/My Turn: High anxiety

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Anxiety, biologists inform us, is the human evolutionary psyche on super alert to the physical dangers of the prehistoric world. Beware the leopard, tiger and shark. For millions of people, in our relatively physically safe environment, anxiety is the emotional predator. Let’s leap backward to the summer of … 0

Bos/My Turn: Sowing seeds of ‘doubt’

Monday, January 12, 2015

Last January, I swore that I would not write one more essay about the criminal malfeasance of the fossil fuel industry’s strategy to deny the wretched reality of climate change. I stuck to that resolution for most of … 2

Blagg: Ongoing struggle to sway opinion

Sunday, January 11, 2015

In the wake of the awful attack on the Paris office of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly) last week, it’s become apparent that many of those commenting on it are not aware that the killings were … 0

Jablon/My Turn: Value for my tax dollars

Friday, January 9, 2015

For the past 12 years, I have had the grand opportunity to be a resident of Greenfield. On Dec. 30,there was a letter to the editor from Bill Keck bemoaning the residential tax rates in Greenfield. During the time I have lived here, I have heard this complaint … 0

In the Arena: Long-term economic view

Thursday, January 8, 2015

It may seem odd to hold a party to celebrate the removal of $480 million out of the regional economy, but that’s what happened last weekend as opponents of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant came together to dance the night away in celebration of that plant’s official … 0

Taylor/My Turn: Pitch for Ann Banash

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Congratulations to the 2014 Citizen of the Year, Marie Putala, and all the prior Citizens of the Year. This accolade is well deserved by each and every winner. I would like to recognize another citizen who deserves to be honored for her vast amount of service to the … 0