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Worgaftik/My Turn: Baystate Franklin update

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

On March 10, members of the Community Health Care Initiative (CHCI) met with Steven Bradley, president, Baystate Health Northern Region and Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC), and Amy Swisher, director of Public and Community Relations at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, to learn more about our regional hospital. This cordial discussion provided information we want to share with the community at large. How is … 0

Bedaw/My Turn: Economic impact takes flight from Orange Airport

Monday, March 30, 2015

In a report released last month by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Orange Municipal Airport was credited with a $13.9 million annual economic impact on western Massachusetts. The MassDOT 2014 Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study summarizes the significant economic benefit that Massachusetts derives from its 39 public-use airports. Input for this study came from numerous data gathering efforts for each airport in … 0

In the Arena: It gets hot in Montague

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I’ve experienced some tense moments covering local government, but few to rival what occurred at Monday’s Montague selectmen’s meeting. The topic was whether the board would sign a new contract with current cable access television provider, Montague Community Cable Incorporated, or issue a “request for proposals” for a new cable operator, which was the same method they used to edge the Shea board … 0

Bos/My Turn: Climate, Bible studies

Monday, March 2, 2015

“As long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night” — so sayeth the new chair of the U.S. Environment and Public Works Committee paraphrasing Genesis … 0

Blagg: He embraced the cold

Sunday, March 1, 2015

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way, over the Dawson trail. Talk of your cold! through the parka’s fold it stabbed like a driven nail. If our eyes we’d close, then the lashes froze till sometimes … 0

In the Arena: Catching up with Warren

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I don’t know if Sen. Elizabeth Warren is going to be a candidate for president, but she sure sounded like it during last week’s visit to Greenfield Community College. “There was a time when our government viewed helping people pay for college as an investment,” Warren said during … 0

Gran/My Turn: Hot under the blanket

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

“It’s now official, 2014 was the warmest year on record.” Most of you have probably heard this by now. Those who understand the reality of global warming will not be surprised. Those who deny the reality of global … 0

Pick/My Turn: Electricity use and you

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Homeowners, who are understandably shocked and outraged by recent, huge jumps in their electricity bills, have been asking for my professional opinion, as a home-energy consultant, about switching to a cheaper electricity supplier. My reply: “Buyer beware!” While suppliers may offer a discount from current high prices, it’s … 1

Newman/My Turn: His voice needs to be heard

Monday, February 23, 2015

United States government officials arrange for proxy jailers in a foreign country to arrest a man, who is then held incommunicado, interrogated and tortured. Although our government determines that the factual basis for its requested detention was wrong … 0

Blagg: Hot and cold on the mind

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I’ve been thinking a lot about heat recently — for obvious reasons. When I look at the windows of my 1852-vintage home, for example, I’m less likely to dwell on their lovely thin mullion sash windows than I am to consider the enormous amount of heat that I … 1

Wentworth/My Turn: The deteriorating Ukraine

Friday, February 20, 2015

Is Obama’s war in Ukraine going according to plan? Since Prime Minister Angela Merkel of Germany and President Francois Hollande of France flew into Moscow 10 days ago to huddle with President Vladimir Putin in his private office … 0

In the Arena: Leaf out of the pot playbook

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Someday — and that day may come sooner than you think — it will be legal to smoke a “joint,” a marijuana cigarette, while walking down Main Street in Greenfield or any other street in Massachusetts. It’s been … 1

Nestel/My Turn: This pipeline’s a problem

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Kinder Morgan pipeline is an issue confronting communities across the state, whether or not the pipeline crosses our own backyards. According to the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, the proposed pipeline would run through at least 148 parcels permanently protected from development by Massachusetts Article 97. The … 0