Columns

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 megabank chimneys and arrayed the goodies under gold-and-diamond-studded trees. There the green things stood wrapped … 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, could Pyongyang do with a nuke? Threaten to fire it at, say, Japan? What would … 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, as the columnist’s creed goes, “to give comfort to the afflicted while afflicting the comfortable.” … 0

In the Arena: Montague gamesmanship

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Is Montague becoming the new Ashfield? It sure looks that way, because much like their friends to the west encountered recently during ongoing battles over the Ashfield House, Open Meeting Law complaints are flowing in Montague like water through the Strathmore canal. Most of the complaints, much like … 0

Wood/My Turn: Unchecked surveillance

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What are we so afraid of? It’s easy to sound crazy when you start to talk about the United States’ sweeping surveillance program. It could be a conspiracy theorist’s fantasy. But in 2013, former NSA analyst Edward Snowden … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Destroyer of families

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ebola not only kills individuals, it destroys families. Heads of households and bread winners die and families are left destitute. At times, children are the only survivors and must fend for themselves in devastated communities. I confronted an … 0

Shepard/My Turn: Unfair representation

Monday, November 17, 2014

I love to watch Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” on CNN. Typically his show is an education and features the culture, customs, social issues consciousness and, most of all, the food that originates from the places he visits. Not completely so in his Massachusetts show that aired on Nov. … 0

Blagg: President out of touch

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It’s time to take a step back and look at our efforts to deal with ISIS, the so-called “Islamic State” group that has caused so much suffering and death in Iraq and Syria. Unfortunately, it’s becoming clear that … 0

In the Arena: Not your typical choice

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin has never been one to shy away from an “out of the box” political move, but His Honor may very well have blown the box apart with his recent hiring of an interim DPW superintendent. Martin announced this week that he has offered the … 0

Leonard/My Turn: Steps taken for forest management

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Northfield Mountain is a pumped storage hydroelectric facility owned and operated by First Light Power Resources in Erving and Northfield. In accordance to their federal license, they offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities, such as cross country skiing and hiking, as well as many environmental and recreational … 0

Hazard/My Turn: Improving Northfield pumped water storage

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Is the Northfield Mountain pumped water storage system a good thing? With relicensing for the next 50 years of that facility on the horizon, and the request to increase the amount of water pumped on the table, there has been much debate on this topic. The need for … 0

Davis: Denial doesn’t work

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Smack dab in the middle between Halloween and Election Day, we heard an alarm that wasn’t exactly a vote of confidence, was no treat and — despite the charges of some disbelievers — is certainly no trick. But as surreal as the dire warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel … 0

Culleny: Degradation of decency

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

“You can’t sanitize your dirty laundry and then not offer up any real solutions. Humanity has an inherent need to protect itself and there are always more good and honest people willing to fight to make things right.” I read that this morning. It’s the closing remark of … 1