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In the Arena: Turned off by attack ads

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Not long after taking the oath of office, President John F. Kennedy, an avid consumer of daily newspapers, was asked if he still read as much as he used to, especially given the amount of criticism he received on a daily basis in certain publications. Kennedy reportedly replied, “I’m reading more and enjoying … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: Powerful tool for food donations

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The United States Senate has the opportunity to provide a powerful boost to charitable organizations like The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts working to improve lives and strengthen communities here in western Massachusetts and across the country. In July 2014, the House of Representatives approved the America Gives More Act, landmark legislation that would make three major charitable giving incentives permanent and reliable … 0

Andrews/My Turn: Making my record clear

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Another week, another misleading attack mailing is sent on behalf of the Republican Party. It appears that after the accuracy of claims presented in its first mailing was quickly discredited, MassFiscal.org is now back at it, with seemingly unlimited financial resources to spend on their partisan political agenda. I believe the voters of this district deserve better, more constructive politics and campaigns. That … 0

In the Arena: The talk in Montague

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The First Amendment and the state Open Meeting Law weren’t on the agenda at this week’s Montague selectmen’s meeting, but they sure played a role in helping shape the conversation. The Montague board had scheduled what would have been its fourth executive session related to the sale of … 0

Rosnick/My Turn: GCC award a shared honor

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

As I write this, The American Association of Community Colleges has announced the awarding of the prestigious Green Genome Award to five colleges nationwide. Four colleges are being honored, one each for the categories: community engagement, governance, program design and delivery, and strategic partnerships. One college is being … 0

Brewer and Kulik: Prostate cancer awareness

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

We would like to call attention to a disease that is more common and more lethal than even breast cancer in our state: Prostate cancer has become an epidemic, striking as many as one in seven men. This disease is personal — we are prostate cancer survivors. We … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Proud of their service

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I am proud of the U.S. military. This has always been a deep-seated value of mine. A few specific examples might illustrate my position. About 15 years ago, I was invited to give a lecture in Osaka, Japan. To my pleasant surprise, it was well attended and there … 0

Archbald/My Turn: Update the bottle bill

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

On Nov. 4, Massachusetts voters will have an opportunity to reduce litter, increase recycling, save energy, create jobs and save money for their cities and towns by voting “YES” on Question 2. The current “bottle bill” passed in 1982. It put a 5-cent deposit on bottles and cans … 0

Perkins/My Turn: Sign up for solar

Monday, October 6, 2014

Go solar! If you own a home or a business in Greenfield, now is the time to find out if a solar electric (photovoltaic) system is right for you. The Greenfield Solar Challenge is underway and the prices … 0

Blagg: Our forgotten conflict

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Korean War — or “Conflict” if you insist — was an odd chapter in American history. United States troopers suffered about 130,000 casualties — dead and wounded — during the three years of fighting. That’s about half … 0

Meyer/My Turn: Getting our pockets picked

Friday, October 3, 2014

Kids: go to your parent’s bedroom and find mommy’s purse and take $110 out of it. Then go out and have some fun. Why? Because the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and its own creation — the Holyoke-based Independent System Operator of New England (ISO-NE) — just confirmed that … 1

In the Arena: Coming down the pipeline

Thursday, October 2, 2014

It’s never to early to think about the holidays and I believe the management of the Kinder Morgan Co. should buy the biggest Christmas basket they can find and ship it over to their counterparts at National Grid, which has provided the best argument yet for construction of … 1

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 … 0