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Blagg: Before war was unleashed

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It was nearly 100 years ago next month that the opening salvos of the Great War thundered across the Belgian countryside — the Great Powers of the world were throwing their manpower and industrial might at each other in a titanic struggle that would change the world forever. What we now call the First World War would lead — directly and indirectly — … 0

Hogen/My Turn: The right question

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I appreciate Tim Blagg’s writing about Israel’s war on Gaza (July 21), because when respected members of our community talk about an issue, it makes us pay attention. However, I don’t think Blagg asks the best question, i.e., why many more Palestinians are dying than Israelis, nor can I quite agree with his answer. He says Hamas lacks the level of military technology … 0

Tolg/My Turn: My stroke made me think

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A few minutes before the start of Christmas, I had a stroke. I was up late waiting for a phone call from my son, asking me to pick him up. I thought my right leg had gone to sleep and just sat there at the dining room table, reading, waiting for it to wake-up when I realized that I couldn’t move my right … 1

In the Arena: Not all say ‘nay’ to pipeline

Thursday, July 3, 2014

You’d be as likely to find a lynx walking down Main Street these days as a politician willing to say anything remotely positive about the gas pipeline being proposed for Franklin County. Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin broke that streak this past week when he told me that Greenfield … 1

Hawley assessors/My Turn: Toward a fiscal collapse

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Hawley Board of Assessors finds New England Forestry Foundation’s response to the Supreme Judicial Court ruling in their favor (Recorder, June 11), to be, at best, disingenuous. We will not dwell on our conviction that the Appellate Tax Board was, in 2011, correct in its determination that … 0

Hazard/My Turn: Closer look at natural gas

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Do we want and need the natural gas that is being extracted in the USA today? From a business perspective, there is no question that there is money to be made and that the more we have, the … 0

Davis: Our common denominator

Monday, June 30, 2014

“Two forces are in constant battle inside each of us, and in the world,” a grandfather tells his young grandson: “Good and Evil.” “But which will win?” asks the boy. “The one we feed.” Rwandan author and lecturer Joseph Sebarenzi shared this story with more than 55 of … 0

Blagg: Ivory ban enforcement hits sour note

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The other day, poachers used a poison arrow to kill Satao, one of Kenya’s most adored elephants. They then hacked off his 61/ 2-foot-long tusks and carried them off to sell for their ivory, reaping a large reward … 1

In the Arena: Playing hardball with the MIAA

Thursday, June 26, 2014

If anyone is looking for a spare photo of 2nd Hampshire state Rep. John Scibak, you might want to check the dartboards in the executive offices of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. Scibak isn’t too popular with that organization these days, mostly because he had the audacity to … 1

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