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Blagg: Making a safer world

Sunday, January 25, 2015

So what are we going to do? In the wake of the past few years’ continuing assaults by groups or individuals claiming to represent Islam — and the apparent ease with which they pick “soft targets” around the world — what steps can the rest of us take? How can we make our … 0

Kurland/My Turn: Revising the foundation budget

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dear Ms. Williamson, Sen. Chang-Diaz and members of the Massachusetts Foundation Budget Review Commission: Thank you for conducting hearings about revising the formula for the foundation budget calculations. I would like to expand upon the testimony I gave at the hearing in Northampton. Our goal is to provide excellent, not just adequate, education for every child in the commonwealth, whether that child is … 0

In the Arena: For mayor, it’s personnel

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s possible that by the time you are read this, the fate of now-suspended Greenfield Economic Director Robert Pyers will have been sealed. But whether we’ll ever know the details is anybody’s guess. The only thing we do know is that Pyers was placed on paid administrative leave at the end of business last Tuesday, pending investigation of a “personnel” matter, one that … 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

Tolg/My Turn: The injustice is plain to see

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Despite, or maybe because of, the interesting biographical notes of Tim Blagg’s column of Dec. 29, 2014, titled “Walking on the blue line: Seeing police work from many perspectives,” I got the impression of being told “Move on … 0

Tillberg/My Turn: Economic best interests

Monday, January 5, 2015

Posit two families, the Smiths and Joneses. The Smiths, generally conservative, work at Wal-Mart and are barely making it in their apartment in Passaic, N.J. Jack Smith went to a political event once and pitched in a fiver; afterwards he forgot why he had gone and determined never … 0

Blagg: Year offers some bright opportunities

Sunday, January 4, 2015

It was a pretty grim year, all things considered, and in some ways it’s a relief to see it receding into the past. Ebola, ISIS, school attacks by gunmen, mysterious airliner disappearances … you can fill in your … 0

Keith/My Turn: For private gain

Friday, January 2, 2015

Kinder Morgan is proposing to build a pipeline to transport “fracked” natural gas from the New York border to Dracut in eastern Massachusetts, all to be paid for by us. The gas, however, is not intended for us. New England cannot use that much gas. For Kinder Morgan … 1

In the Arena: Pipeline strategies

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Opponents of Kinder Morgan Company’s proposed Tennessee Natural Gas Pipeline probably thought they were getting an early Christmas present when they learned the company had decided to reroute its line through southern New Hampshire rather than Massachusetts’ northern tier. However, like so many other aspects of this project, … 0