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Hynes/My Turn: Refusing to play the victim

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Paris Peace Accords were signed on Jan. 27, 1973, making possible a re-united Vietnam. The peace accords ended eight years of the American War (as it is known to the Vietnamese) and two prior decades of covert warfare against this small, agrarian Asian country. For much of the American public, the war was a bitterly divisive issue to put behind them. With … 0

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: 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

Alpert/My Turn: Protest appropriate

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Recorder’s Dec. 22 editorial, “Right Message, Wrong Place,” criticized a small group who interrupted a Chamber of Commerce gathering to raise awareness about racism in the U.S. They were part of a movement called Black Lives Matter that has been growing in the two years since Trayvon … 1

Blagg: Walking the blue line

Sunday, December 28, 2014

I come from a family of cops. My grandfather was, at one time, deputy warden of the Missouri State Penitentiary, my father was an Air Force provost marshal, one ex-brother-in-law was an investigator with the OSI (the Air … 0

Charney/My Turn: My month of memorial

Friday, December 26, 2014

“All we ask is to be able to be the writers of our own story.” — Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal” My only and beloved brother died in the month of December. Mixed in with weather events and holiday plans, December has become my time of memorial. Each day … 0

In the Arena: No rubber stamp here

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Anyone who came out of the most recent Greenfield elections automatically thinking that Isaac Mass and Penny Ricketts were going to be in the tank for Bill Martin should stop by GCTV and take a look at the videotape of the most recent Town Council meeting. Fortunately, the … 0

Clarke, Vander Vliet and Aksamit/My Turn: Help the Interfaith Council help the homeless

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Recorder is to be commended for its thoughtful series on the challenges and heartbreaks of homelessness and its impact on our community. On the one hand, we know that the system currently in place is flawed and wasteful. It causes injustices to the families who end up, … 0

Culleny: Holdups for the holidays

Monday, December 22, 2014

It’s Christmas for corporations! A majority of congressional and executive elves have loaded Santa’s sack with bundles of compliance and servitude, which he delivered pre-holiday, as if he couldn’t wait to please his masters. He popped in via … 0

Blagg: Who needs nukes?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

It’s hard to believe that North Korea has spent so much time and money — and suffered universal condemnation — in its attempts to obtain nuclear weapons when its unstable rulers already had a much more potent weapon at their disposal. I’m talking about Twitter. What, after all, … 0

In the Arena: Thanks!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This may seem hard to believe, but this week marks the 15th year I’ve been writing this column. During that time, a lot of political water has gone under the bridge, some dirtier than I’d care to admit. And I’ve been pretty blunt, at times, in my efforts, … 0

Hynes and Crowe/My Turn: ‘Christmas Truce’ signified truth

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By H. PATRICIA HYNES and FRANCES CROWE Along the western front of World War I lie miles of cemeteries for British, Scottish, Belgian, French and other soldiers killed in the war. In a lone, out-of-the way plot in … 1