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Charney/My Turn: Brush with 'alligator teeth'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My message machine blinked its red light. It was the first thing I noticed. “Grandma are you OK?” was the message. “I’m worried about you.” I called back immediately, even before I dropped my bags and sat down. “I’m fine,” I told him. “I’m just fine.” “OK,” he said, with that sort of … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Russia’s growing appetitie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Putin’s attempt to seize the Ukraine and his successful annexation of Crimea in part was provoked by June 27, the date that the European Union (EU), Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia had set for bringing these countries into a constructive long-term economic relationship with Europe. Leading up to this now-signed agreement in a recent … 0

Coli/My Turn: Hardly a compromise

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is a letter we sent to Rep. Kulik, and Sens. Downing and Dempsey in regard to a bill (H4185) pending in the Legislature. Gentlemen, My wife Norma and I would like to go on record concerning our disappointment with the recent release of H4185 (the so-called “compromise bill”) from the Joint Committee of Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy that Sen. Downing co-chairs. Our … 0

Gijanto/My Turn: Six years very well spent

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

From the moment my wife and I first arrived in Franklin County, I had a strong sense of the community spirit here. And my impression only grew stronger as I met the people I would be working with at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, in the Baystate Medical Practices, … 0

Pura/My Turn: Our greatest treasure

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Editor’s note: The following were part of Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura’s remarks at graduation this year. I first discovered “The Greatest Treasure” a short essay written by Catherine Ingram about 15 years ago. It is the story of a young man who grew up in poverty … 0

Brown/My Turn: Think outside the box

Monday, June 23, 2014

The day after we arrived in Taos, N.M., Lisa and I went shopping at the local Walmart. It was not something we wanted to do. We were renting a partially furnished house and our moving truck was two … 0

Blagg: Still searching for Earhart

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Most people have heard of Amelia Earhart, even though she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared into thin air 77 years ago over the South Pacific during an attempt to be the first woman to fly around the … 0

Norman/My Turn: Absent voters speak volumes

Friday, June 20, 2014

As someone who has been involved in Greenfield politics for 36 years, every election offers the opportunity for post-mortem comments. Here are my “election bullets:” ∎ The hands-down winner of the June 10 election were the DNVs: the Did Not Votes. ∎ Of Greenfield’s 10,891 registered voters — only 3,163 … 0

In the Arena: His hat stays out of ring

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Now that Greenfield voters have had their say, the focus shifts to who will lead the “new” Town Council. But the one person who won’t be in the running is the senior member of that body. “I thought about it, but I really don’t want to divide the … 0

Cade/My Turn: The Recorder’s ‘ladies’

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Not too long ago, I wrote about the “men” of The Recorder. Today, I’d like to turn my attention to the “women.” Let us first pay homage to Irmarie Jones, the doyenne of all The Recorder ladies who have followed her. She traveled tirelessly to all parts of … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Iraq’s people must choose

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mesopotamia, which much later became Iraq, has a cultural history lasting over 10,000 years. Its fertile crescent is where agriculture first emerges in Europe and Asia. The food surpluses generated by planting cereal crops made possible leisure and … 1

Miner/My Turn: Make Greenfield skateboard park happen

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Back in October, at a special Community Relations and Education committee meeting, there was a long and what felt like a promising discussion about the need for a skateboard park and a dog park in Greenfield. At that time (and in the months since) there has been much … 0

Blagg: Violence now a disturbing norm

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The good news is that the statistics for all types of violent gun deaths in the U.S. have been essentially flat since about 2000, following a sharp drop since the 1990s, when such deaths peaked. There were about … 0