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In the Arena: Building a reputation

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I no longer live in Greenfield, but if I did, Town Councilor Mark Maloni would get my vote every time. I don’t think I’ve ever said that about any elected town official before, but it’s a claim I make unabashedly, one that was reinforced after seeing and hearing Maloni’s performance at the council’s subcommittee on Economic Development meeting this week regarding Greenfield’s proposed … 0

Newman/My Turn: Fiction that rings too true

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

After almost 40 years as a civil rights attorney, nothing that law enforcement does to shred constitutional guarantees should surprise me. But a recent news report did in fact make me flinch. The Chicago police, America has learned, operate a secret interrogation facility in a nondescript warehouse called Homan Square. Prisoners — both … 0

Kehler/My Turn: Pushing back against war

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Virtually no one likes war. Everyone, everywhere — soldiers and civilians alike — say they oppose war and that war is a horrendous waste of lives and resources. So why do we Americans not only keep engaging in wars, but often initiate them? Usually, the answer is either that our war-making accomplishes important objectives, despite the massive human and material costs, or that … 0

Bos/My Turn: The value of uncertainty

Friday, March 20, 2015

I have a friend in the men’s support group at Cancer Connection in Northampton who has been absent from our weekly meetings for a while. He recently rejoined us. I asked him to bring us all up to date with his cancer therapy treatments, which has primarily been … 0

In the Arena: Tobacco fight still smoldering

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Greenfield Board of Health may not have the last word when it comes to a series of proposed new tobacco regulations. The board last week voted to impose the regulations, which raises the minimum tobacco sales age from 18 to 21 while also banning the sale of … 0

Greist/My Turn: Celebrating the doughnut

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Over the years, I have watched the dramatic ebb and flow of our downtown business community. My own efforts in that arena have also seen good times and bad. On its very darkest days: vacant storefronts, hope dwindling, owners broke, desperate, depressed and sometimes, even, understandably, drunk or … 0

Blanker/My Turn: Taking the train: All aboard

Monday, March 16, 2015

There I was, standing on the somewhat abbreviated platform at the Greenfield train stop watching as the sleek Amtrak train approached. I was actually going to board a train, The Vermonter, in Greenfield and depart it in New York, N.Y. The last time I had gotten on a … 1

Blagg: Oh, the stories I can tell

Sunday, March 15, 2015

One of the great things about working as a newspaperman is the entrée it gives you into people, places and experiences the average person normally never gets to see. I’ve talked to presidents, senators, governors and just plain … 0

In the Arena: Rosenberg using his pulpit

Thursday, March 12, 2015

It’s not taking long for new state Senate President Stan Rosenberg to exert his authority on Beacon Hill. The latest example came this past week, when Rosenberg made it clear that a committee looking to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston can expect no financial help from … 0

Zinan/My Turn: Zombie obsession explained

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Zombies — for a decade and a half now, you can’t escape them. Books, social media, movies, and TV. In response to this onslaught, innumerable essays, like this one, are written to explain the phenomenon. Here is a … 0

Sullivan/My Turn: Being part of the solution to end domestic violence

Monday, March 9, 2015

The eighth annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day was held throughout our state on Thursday. White Ribbon Day is about ending domestic and sexual violence in our communities and making sure that men and boys understand that they can be part of the solution. In the weeks and months … 0

Blagg: A proud newspaperman

Sunday, March 8, 2015

It’s quite understandable, I think, as I wind down my quarter-century or more as Editor of The Recorder, that I think back over my years as a newspaperman. Note that I don’t call myself a “journalist.” In my … 0

Hollins/My Turn: Making the grades

Sunday, March 8, 2015

There is a truth to grade configuration — and it probably won’t please someone with a strong opinion. The truth is … it doesn’t matter. That is to say, grade configuration is not a factor proven to make a difference in creating top-quality schools. All the research I’ve … 0