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In the Arena: Election night disappointment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The only thing missing from Montague Town Hall on Monday night was a boom box playing a continuous loop of “Garden Party” by the late Ricky Nelson. Just as Nelson was booed out of Madison Square Garden on that fateful night in 1971, Montague Selectman Mark Fairbrother has been summarily dismissed by voters in one of the more decisive electoral skunkings in recent … 0

Newman/My Turn: Wedding hopes in the wings

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

No one at the rally on Main Street outside Northampton City Hall on the evening of Nov. 18, 2003, will forget that celebration. People hugged and cheered. Balloons floated. Signs were hoisted. Rainbow flags were waived. And Rachel Maddow spoke. Earlier that day, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court had issued its decision in the Goodridge case, holding that our state constitution guaranteed gays … 0

Benzaia/My Turn: Preschool plans create questions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As someone who has been working in the field of early education for nearly 20 years, no one has to convince me of the importance of a quality early-learning experience for a child. The Girls Club of Greenfield and its branches, Valley Play School and Camp Lion Knoll, have been providing quality early learning experiences for children as early as the 1950s. However, … 0

Sullivan and Ever/My Turn: Keep it legal and safe

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Parents play a major role in their child’s decision to drink or not drink alcohol. As we enter prom and graduation season, the Northwestern District Attorney’s office is partnering with local substance abuse prevention coalitions, like the Easthampton … 0

Hollins/My Turn: Vital to LGBTQ students

Monday, April 27, 2015

In every public school today, some students have well-developed or emerging LGBTQ identities (LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning). Sometimes navigating this identity is clear, supported and comfortable. Sometimes the identity path includes confusion and fear. Based on recommendations by the Massachusetts Commission … 0

Newlin/My Turn: Let’s not rush the process in Whately

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Both the Whately Board of Selectmen and the Municipal Building Committee abstained from recommending a petition article on the upcoming (Tuesday, April 28) town meeting warrant that would authorize the purchase of the Mass. Library System building for “$815,000 or any other amount.” Our reluctance to recommend this … 0

In the Arena: Center stage in Montague

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It looks like the “Mike Nelson era” on the Montague Board of Selectmen is finally about to begin. Some would argue that it actually began when “Mr. Sunshine,” as he is sometimes known, was elected to Pat Allen’s former seat with 85 percent of the vote. But there … 0

Culleny: The fire in the brain

Friday, April 24, 2015

When I commented on two online photos that compared youth activities in the 1970s (guitar playing/singing) to those today (screen viewing/texting), I got in trouble with a younger friend who accused me of judging the first to be superior to the second. He said he was tired of … 0

Woolner/My Turn: My choice to protest

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

“You should be ashamed of yourself.” “Thanks for doing this.” These disparate comments came from two different white police officers just before I was arrested for refusing to move while obstructing traffic during a peaceful demonstration on Tuesday, … 1

Norman/My Turn: Lesson in uncivil discourse

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A collection of Greenfield residents from several precincts recently attended an evening meeting of a Town Council subcommittee regarding a draft zoning ordinance on the relatively obscure topic of “accessory dwelling units.” What motivated these neighbors to speak out on this issue? The answer is simple: they came … 0

Editorial: Keep Yankee’s emergency plan in place

Monday, April 20, 2015

The following message is to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Entergy: safety trumps shortcuts. This should have long been understood about operating a nuclear power plant, including every step of the decommissioning process. A number of Franklin County towns and neighboring communities in New Hampshire and Vermont have … 1

Myer/My Turn: hardly a model river

Monday, April 20, 2015

A lifeless, three-foot long Connecticut River shortnose sturgeon sits on display at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls. The shortnose has been this river’s only federally-endangered fish since 1967. That plastic sturgeon has sat amidst other replica fish for a dozen years now—a plastic American shad, … 0

My Turn: The heroin trail to jail

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Editor’s note: This My Turn column was submitted by Revan Schendler, who teaches a class through Greenfield Community College at the Franklin County jail on the sociology of crime and punishment, and facilitates a weekly discussion group, and Kerry Williamson on behalf of residents at the Franklin County … 0