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Connelly/My Turn: Eliminating plastics

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Plastic trash kills sea animals: turtles, whales, birds and fish. Very few people don’t know this, a tiny minority does not care. Some plastic trash is intentionally created micro particles added to products like toothpaste and some soap gels, supposedly with the purpose of increasing the cleaning power of these products. It has been found, however, that these tiny plastic bits can wedge … 0

Blagg: Reasons to be thankful

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Strictly speaking, we ought to be thankful throughout the year, taking time to appreciate good fortune whenever it occurs, and “smelling the roses” in our daily lives. Does it really take a special day? But, humans being humans, it’s often hard to stop, raise up and look around, and count our many blessings. I have plenty, as it happens, but can’t take credit … 0

Charney/My Turn: No walk on the wild side

Friday, November 21, 2014

On the coldest day of the year — the temperature gauge on the car reads 6 degrees — we bring home a cat. “Dune, “ as in sand dune, I suggest for a name. “Why Dune?” my husband asks. Dune, I explain, conjures up the cat’s buff coloring and his yellow-green eyes. “Doom,” our grandson announces instead, preferring the dramatic and savage, a … 0

Boston/My Turn: Let’s get hooked to solar

Monday, November 3, 2014

I own a home that is heated with oil. I wanted to find a way to reduce my dependence on energy generated by gas, coal, oil or nuclear power in order to do my part to lower the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) that is causing climate … 0

Blagg: What we have to fear

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fear is very useful and without it, humans would be lost. After all, back in the days when we were all wandering around the planet scavenging for food in the form of nuts, berries, various edible tubers and … 0

Newlin/My Turn: Carefully worded proposal

Friday, October 31, 2014

For the past three years, the Whately Municipal Building Committee has been trying to come up with a solution to two problems. The first concerns our town offices. They are split up between different buildings making communications between various departments inefficient. They are not legally accessible and there … 0

In the Arena: Subdued party crowd

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It was a little after 7 when I pulled open the door at Greenfield’s Ocean Grille, prepared to break my own not-exactly-hard-and-fast rule about refusing to attend party fundraisers the week before a state election. I couldn’t resist because this was being billed a both a fundraiser for … 0

Carolan/My Turn: Witness to the horror

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It’s a warm fall night. The stars are twinkling, the moon hangs low. We are seated on a trailer pulled by a farm tractor, bumping along a deeply rutted road into a broad cornfield along the Connecticut River. There are 16 of us — a portion of the … 0

Blagg: Canadians provide lesson

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Last week, a man walked up to a Canadian soldier — Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders — and shot him in the back as he was standing guard at the Canadian War Memorial in … 0

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 … 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 … 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. … 3

Abrahams/My Turn: Do your homework with prostate cancer screening

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In a recent opinion piece, state Rep. Steve Kulik and state Sen. Steve Brewer, both survivors of prostate cancer, issued a passionate and unqualified call for men to be screened for prostate cancer. The fact is, prostate cancer screening is not always a good idea, and the recommendations … 0