Columns

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 More Act, landmark legislation that would make three major charitable giving incentives permanent and reliable … 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. I believe the voters of this district deserve better, more constructive politics and campaigns. That … 0

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 on the matter are unsettled in the medical community. I am no authority on the … 0

Wight/My Turn: We must act now on climate change

Monday, September 29, 2014

All Americans need to wake up now, make a small sacrifice to reduce their carbon footprint and put extreme pressure on Congress to pass a carbon tax on corporations only while simultaneously giving all corporations a tax break for using renewable energy to power their office buildings, factories … 0

Kelly and Fraser/My Turn: On the bus for change

Monday, September 29, 2014

We’d like to share a perspective on the Climate March from Franklin County. The experience we had in the bus provides a little window into what is happening all over the country. Robert Kennedy Jr. at the March reported that nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population attended … 1

Blagg: Oz, Baum and me

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I owe a lot to the “Wizard of Oz” ... not the movie, particularly, but to L. Frank Baum, the guy who wrote that wonderful series of books about Dorothy Gale and her friends and their adventures in … 0

Okun/My Turn: Don’t stay on the sidelines

Friday, September 26, 2014

“Women want a men’s movement. We are literally dying for it.” — Gloria Steinem It’s way past time to put on the pads, guys. We’ve got to put our shoulders to the wheel of change if we’re going to stop domestic and sexual violence. Are you ready to … 0

In the Arena: Good day, Mr. Sunshine

Thursday, September 25, 2014

You can call him “Mr. Sunshine” now. That is the nickname Montague Selectman Michael Nelson bestowed upon himself this week, when he used yet another relatively innocuous board vote as a platform for a political stand, this time against what he views as out-of-control state spending. Nelson voted … 0

Hynes/My Turn: Shameful double standard

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Published on Sept. 27, 1962, Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking book, “Silent Spring,” ignited modern U.S. environmentalism and resulted in new laws for environmental and public health protection in the United States. Two days earlier, President John F. Kennedy signed … 0

Pura/My Turn: Threshold for opportunity

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Greenfield Community College has opened its doors to a new fall semester for the 52nd time. Approximately 5,500 students will attend this year; 60 percent women and 40 percent men with an average age of 27. Sixty-four percent will attend part-time and 36 percent are full-time students. Some … 0

Charney/My Turn: Faulty personal compass

Monday, September 22, 2014

You would think that I would be the ideal candidate for a GPS. In fact, I’m sure that they must have been invented for the likes of me — the “navigationally challenged.” Although never a quick study with technology, I requested one of those gizmo’s for my birthday. … 0

Blagg: ‘Green’ energy mix can be done

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The other day, newspapers across New England carried a story that heralded the fact that Burlington, Vt. is claiming that 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water, and biomass. With the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the … 0

In the Arena: Deja vu

Thursday, September 18, 2014

History does seem to have a way of repeating itself in local politics. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Montague, where reality is starting to take hold regarding the future — or lack of same — of the Strathmore Paper Company complex. “If something doesn’t happen soon, … 1