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Mark/My Turn: Keeping college affordable

Friday, January 30, 2015

The inability to afford a college education should never stand in the way of a promising student’s success. I remember it like it was yesterday, I had made the decision not to return to college in the fall, and I was wondering where my life would end up. I was a student at UMass, but I realized I couldn’t afford to be there … 0

In the Arena: Key help wanted post

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Now that the “storm of the century” is behind us, Greenfield’s mayor plans to turn his attention to finding a replacement for Economic Development Director Bob Pyers, who officially leaves the job Monday. “That’s something I’m going to have to tackle beginning this week,” Martin said. “We’ve got a lot of things going on and we need someone in that job, maybe even … 0

Browning/My Turn: The right shoe

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I recently conducted a shoe-c utting party for the charity, Sole Hope, at the Greenfield Public library. I was so inspired that I am thinking of hosting another event in February. Let me share: From the time I was a little girl, shoes have always played an important role in my life (I … 0

Tolg/My Turn: The injustice is plain to see

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Despite, or maybe because of, the interesting biographical notes of Tim Blagg’s column of Dec. 29, 2014, titled “Walking on the blue line: Seeing police work from many perspectives,” I got the impression of being told “Move on … 0

Tillberg/My Turn: Economic best interests

Monday, January 5, 2015

Posit two families, the Smiths and Joneses. The Smiths, generally conservative, work at Wal-Mart and are barely making it in their apartment in Passaic, N.J. Jack Smith went to a political event once and pitched in a fiver; afterwards he forgot why he had gone and determined never … 0

Blagg: Year offers some bright opportunities

Sunday, January 4, 2015

It was a pretty grim year, all things considered, and in some ways it’s a relief to see it receding into the past. Ebola, ISIS, school attacks by gunmen, mysterious airliner disappearances … you can fill in your … 0

Keith/My Turn: For private gain

Friday, January 2, 2015

Kinder Morgan is proposing to build a pipeline to transport “fracked” natural gas from the New York border to Dracut in eastern Massachusetts, all to be paid for by us. The gas, however, is not intended for us. New England cannot use that much gas. For Kinder Morgan … 1

In the Arena: Pipeline strategies

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Opponents of Kinder Morgan Company’s proposed Tennessee Natural Gas Pipeline probably thought they were getting an early Christmas present when they learned the company had decided to reroute its line through southern New Hampshire rather than Massachusetts’ northern tier. However, like so many other aspects of this project, … 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