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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

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

Blagg: Detrimental to democracy

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Democracies aren’t particularly good at reacting to sudden threats — they tend to overreact, exhibiting signs of paranoia and even hysteria in the aftermath of an unexpected attack or crisis. And in that period immediately following the event, … 0