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Mark/My Turn: Pardon Leonard Peltier

Friday, February 5, 2016

Leonard Peltier has been confined in prison for more than 40 years. He was charged with the shooting-death of two FBI agents, Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, in the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. However, the facts around his case show a dismal miscarriage of justice. It looks like the only way Leonard Peltier will be free to go home to friends and … 2

In the Arena: New bridge between schools and council

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Valentine’s Day is next weekend, but that didn’t stop Greenfield’s newest School Committee chairman from throwing a few bouquets in the direction of the new Town Council at its most recent meeting. Tim Farrell struck an exceedingly conciliatory tone, making it clear that the “town side” of government will have an easier time dealing with him than the committee’s previous leadership. “There’s a … 0

Hynes/My Turn: A citizen of the world

Friday, January 29, 2016

Donald Trump’s odious, ugly American pledge to prohibit Muslims from entering our country stirred long-cherished memories of my Muslim and Arab students and friends. I am looking at two small cream-colored pillows nestled into corners of our living room chairs. They are embossed with arabesque designs on their borders; and silver filigree threading … 0

DiDonato/My Turn: ‘Public-private’ partnership best model for Wendell to get broadband

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Recently the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) released a statement categorically denying state funding to the proposed WiredWest cooperative without substantial, if not “fundamental,” changes to the WiredWest operating plan. The concerns MBI raised, including shared ownership of fiber assets and the ten-year requirement for towns to remain in … 0

Mathey/My Turn: Behind the flag

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The U.S Constitution does indeed allow the freedom of speech described in the 1st Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people … 0

Sayer/My Turn: Community health center model helps all

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Today’s healthcare landscape would have been almost unrecognizable 50 years ago. Miracle drugs and medical devices have changed how we approach everything from diagnostics to treatment. But one of the most fundamental differences isn’t one we can take or wear. It’s an approach that helped spark the entire … 0

Snedeker/My Turn: Don’t take one for the team

Monday, December 21, 2015

In light of FERC’s acceptance of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s application to construct the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline, it might be useful to bring the recent news of Kinder Morgan’s finances into focus. The sudden collapse of Kinder Morgan’s stock price and subsequent dividend cuts should not be … 2

Hootstein/My Turn: A drinking water threat

Friday, December 18, 2015

I’m a hydrogeologist who discovered a long time ago that I have a passion for protecting drinking water resources (like aquifers), and as they say, “follow your passion.” So, it may come as no surprise that I have become very interested in the proposed “fracked gas” pipeline. To … 4

In the Arena: As the year winds down

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmas falls on a Friday this year, so this will be my last offering for 2015. For a while now, I’ve been tempted to write a Festivus column, a la “Seinfeld,” because, quite frankly, I’ve got a lot of problems with you people. Well, OK, not really. But … 0

Fleming/My Turn: Some straight talk on big boxes, downtown

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Of late, the My Turns and letters to the editor concerning the big box and downtown have been filled with misinformation and personal attacks. While I can’t do anything about the personal attacks perpetuated by the anti-big box crowd, I can comment on the misinformation. First, Wal-Mart is … 8

DeBoer and Morehouse/My Turn: Finding a way to give more

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

As a country, we give away a larger proportion of our income to charity than any other nation. Regardless of how you slice the data — overall, per capita, size of the gifts or type of giving –— the United States is the most philanthropic nation in the … 0

Renaud/My Turn: Looking in the mirror

Monday, December 14, 2015

I grew up in a working class neighborhood in Lowell. If you’ve ever watched the movie “The Fighter,” then you’ve seen where I lived. Mickey Ward, the famous boxer whom the movie was based on, lived blocks away from us. The opening scene was shot in Couples Square, … 0

Tillona/My Turn: Virtual Academy role in educational success stories

Sunday, December 13, 2015

There has been much discussion in recent years about educational efforts statewide to reach and teach every child, regardless of a student’s personal circumstances, socio-economic status, language spoken at home, or developmental disability. Quality educators help every child reach his or her unique potential. We have seen charter … 0