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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

Morehouse/My Turn: Committed to feeding our neighbors

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

At The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, our mission is to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger. Since 1982, we have been providing emergency food to tens of thousands of food-insecure individuals every year, through our member agencies (including local food pantries, meal sites and shelters) across Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. We are committed to … 0

In the Arena: Let the mayoral race begin

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The 2015 Greenfield mayoral election season is scheduled to officially begin tonight with the formal campaign announcement by Patty Morey Walker. Morey Walker is expected to make the announcement at 5 this afternoon at the Arts Block, and while I’d love to be able to give you some … 0

Kosterman/My Turn: Vermont Yankee still a public safety threat

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

When Vermont Yankee nuclear plant shut down on Dec. 29, 2014, the threat to public safety did not end, in fact it may have increased. The temporary spent fuel pool is now holding four times as much spent fuel as it was designed to hold (close to 3,000 … 1

Seamans/My Turn: Straight shooting on guns

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Joe Schwertz was the riflery instructor for boy shooters at Lincoln Hill Camp. Lincoln Hill was a summer camp for choir boys who sang in Episcopal churches in the eastern part of our state. Tuition was free, and … 1

Housen/My Turn: Why this pipeline makes sense

Monday, February 2, 2015

In early January, most of Massachusetts experienced the coldest temperatures in years, with below-zero temperatures in many parts of the state. Residents and businesses, already reeling from the impact of increased energy prices to heat and light their homes and power their companies, are facing another costly heating … 1

Blagg: Following the cod

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Back when European colonists first began arriving on North American shores, hoping to build viable communities in a land that promised seemingly endless land and opportunity, they were following a fish. Long before anyone thought seriously of living … 0

Nelson/My Turn: Energy use consequences

Monday, February 2, 2015

Each generation has a duty to improve the lives of the next, but as the debate has raged over the location of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline, the impact on the next generation has often been forgotten. Criticism of the proposal has centered on the pipeline’s environmental and … 0

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. … 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 … 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 … 0

Amyot/My Turn: Our drive to reduce plastic use

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Imagine my surprise Friday morning when I read in The Recorder that our group was trying to get a measure passed without following democratic procedures. About a year ago, our group approached the Town Council’s Appointments and Ordinances Committee about the possibility of banning plastic water bottles in … 0