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Culleny: Distracted by design

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Having grown up white in the fabulous, progressive bubble-America that followed World War II and began to shrink with the era of Ronald Reagan, it’s hard to adjust to the backwardness of our current domestic political scene. Yet that backwardness has always been there in the other world — the global world of … 0

Brown/My Turn: True co-existence

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The tired phrase “Honor Diversity” is an old standby in the Pioneer Valley, often voiced by local folks who live in all-white enclaves. It translates as, “Don’t act like a jerk when you encounter people different than yourself.” It’s easy to follow as long as those people are either a small minority or live somewhere else. True diversity exists in Taos, N.M. Anglos … 0

Wight/My Turn: We must act now on climate change

Monday, September 29, 2014

All Americans need to wake up now, make a small sacrifice to reduce their carbon footprint and put extreme pressure on Congress to pass a carbon tax on corporations only while simultaneously giving all corporations a tax break for using renewable energy to power their office buildings, factories and warehouses. Why? Because our Earth continues to heat up nonstop and over 50 percent … 0

Cohn/My Turn: Supportive community

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Education and philanthropy are alive and well in Greenfield and Franklin County. Franklin County, being the most impoverished and rural county in the commonwealth, has much to be proud of. Our community has always given generously to endeavors that support our schools, fund education and help our neighbors … 0

Wilson/My Turn: Our imprint on this mess

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

As the British demonstrated in the Battle of Britain in 1940 and Americans demonstrated after 9/11, people do not like being bombed. In January of 1991, we bombed Iraq for five weeks, destroying much of the infrastructure of … 0

Shaney/My Turn: What I want to believe

Monday, September 15, 2014

The pipeline. An awful lot has been written about it. I want to believe … I want to believe that the two resolutions that passed overwhelmingly in my town of Ashfield — one to ban the pipeline, one to put forth community rights — mean something. I want … 1

Blagg: Connecting history’s dots

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Every once in awhile, the stars align and mysterious — and interesting — things happen. That was the case the other day for me. I was listening to NPR in the morning, as usual, when I heard a story about the anniversary of the creation of our national … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Policy of innovation

Friday, September 12, 2014

There has been much discussion on a superficial level as to what is the foreign policy of the Obama administration. The most generous minded describe it as cautious and as very reluctant to send in the troops. The … 0

In the Arena: A mess with diapers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Who knew raising awareness about donating disposable diapers to poor families would be such a controversial issue? Actually, it wasn’t — until Montague Selectman Mike Nelson spoke up against a proclamation declaring Sept. 8-14 “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in Montague. “While I respect and applaud you for your … 0

McIver/My Turn: Our health care direction

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In 2011, the governor’s office signed into law Sections 21-23 of Chapter 32B. These sections became known as the Municipal Health Reform Act. That same year, Mayor William Martin approached the Town Council and requested adoption of these sections in order to control rising health insurance costs. Town … 0

Moss/My Turn: Restoring a critical balance

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Welcome to the Third World! In imperialism’s heyday, we colonized other countries, other peoples, to plunder their riches for our enjoyment. Today, corporations colonize us. It’s called privatizing profits and socializing costs. For a fictionalized view of what it’s like to live under corporate hegemony, turn to Ishmael … 1

Culleny: Justice only for some

Monday, September 8, 2014

There’s are good and prudent reasons not to have armies policing citizens; they have to do with issues of function and mental attitude. A police force is established to protect citizens against lawbreakers, armies are created to fight … 0

Blagg:McKinley's assassination shocks the nation

Sunday, September 7, 2014

One hundred and thirteen years ago, on Sept. 6, 1901, at about 4 in the afternoon, President William McKinley was shot at point-blank range by an anarchist, Leon Czolgosz. McKinley was shaking hands at a reception at the … 0