Columns

In the Arena: I don't see a discount store getting built in Greenfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It’s time to face the painful truth, Greenfield — you are never getting your discount retail department store. The running joke used to be that I would only believe Greenfield had a big-box retail store when I was shopping in it. Now, I’m not even prepared to go that far, especially in light of the recent state Appeals Court ruling that the Massachusetts … 0

Okun/My Turn: White Ribbon Day

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Major League Baseball beginning domestic violence prevention workshops at spring training. The White House launching the “It’s on Us” initiative to prevent sexual assault. Emma Watson and the United Nations are spearheading the new HeforShe movement. Men promoting gender equality and decrying violence against women is “suddenly” the next new cause. Except it’s not. The issue is, though, finally getting some sustained media … 0

Culleny: Our exceptional mythology

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Our national mythology leads us to believe in our own goodness. We turn to its scriptures when our sense of righteousness needs stiffening. In them we find words like, “We hold these truths to be self-evident …” or “… endowed by our creator …” or “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just … 0

Nestel/My Turn: This pipeline’s a problem

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Kinder Morgan pipeline is an issue confronting communities across the state, whether or not the pipeline crosses our own backyards. According to the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, the proposed pipeline would run through at least 148 parcels permanently protected from development by Massachusetts Article 97. The … 0

Brown/My Turn: Malcolm and Martin

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Let’s talk about race. The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X (by the Nation of Islam, not the CIA) might be a good time to revisit the issue, especially in light of recent events in Ferguson, … 0

Reyes/My Turn: Young people and a healthy environment

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Having lived on planet Earth for decades now, I have become increasingly concerned about the ongoing damage to our environment and health caused by our own lifestyle. We continue to lose wild and natural places, and to pollute air, water and soil. As a science educator, I appreciate … 0

Sheehan: Decommissioning Yankee

Monday, February 16, 2015

After slightly more than 42 years of splitting atoms and generating electricity, the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant was permanently shut down on Dec. 29, 2014, when control room operators inserted dozens of neutron-absorbing control rods into the reactor core for the final time. Entergy, the plant’s owner … 0

Blagg: In defense of science

Sunday, February 15, 2015

In my opinion, it’s one of the thorniest problems we have to deal with in the United States — in fact, the world — today ... and I don’t have the foggiest idea of what to do about … 3

In the Arena: Candidate showcase

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The 2015 race for Greenfield mayor is officially underway and I can tell you after sitting through a 15-minute speech announcing her candidacy, I still don’t know a whole lot more about Patty Morey Walker than I did when I walked into the Arts Block last Friday night. … 0

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