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In the Arena: It gets hot in Montague

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I’ve experienced some tense moments covering local government, but few to rival what occurred at Monday’s Montague selectmen’s meeting. The topic was whether the board would sign a new contract with current cable access television provider, Montague Community Cable Incorporated, or issue a “request for proposals” for a new cable operator, which was the same method they used to edge the Shea board … 0

Cahillane/My Turn: Caught with their pants down

Thursday, March 26, 2015

“PADDY PANTSDOWN!” Is one of my all-time favorite tabloid headlines. It ran in the Sun newspaper when a member of Parliament, Paddy Ashdown, admitted a five-year affair with his secretary. He was afterward knighted then named to the House of Lords as Baron Ashdown of Norton Sub-Hamdon. Ashdown leads the Liberal Democratic party, or Lib-Dems. Somehow his 30-year marriage survived. In U.K. or … 0

Wyatt/My Turn: In Warwick, we’ve got answers on broadband project

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I am writing in reply to “Costly cable venture,” the March 20 letter to the editor regarding the Fiber-To-The-Home project that will be coming before the Warwick annual Town Meeting this May. The Warwick Broadband Committee has been meeting regularly and is working hard to answer all the questions that are coming up. We also have representatives going to frequent meetings of WiredWest, … 0

In the Arena: Catching up with Warren

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I don’t know if Sen. Elizabeth Warren is going to be a candidate for president, but she sure sounded like it during last week’s visit to Greenfield Community College. “There was a time when our government viewed helping people pay for college as an investment,” Warren said during … 0

Gran/My Turn: Hot under the blanket

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

“It’s now official, 2014 was the warmest year on record.” Most of you have probably heard this by now. Those who understand the reality of global warming will not be surprised. Those who deny the reality of global … 0

Pick/My Turn: Electricity use and you

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Homeowners, who are understandably shocked and outraged by recent, huge jumps in their electricity bills, have been asking for my professional opinion, as a home-energy consultant, about switching to a cheaper electricity supplier. My reply: “Buyer beware!” While suppliers may offer a discount from current high prices, it’s … 1

Newman/My Turn: His voice needs to be heard

Monday, February 23, 2015

United States government officials arrange for proxy jailers in a foreign country to arrest a man, who is then held incommunicado, interrogated and tortured. Although our government determines that the factual basis for its requested detention was wrong … 0

Blagg: Hot and cold on the mind

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I’ve been thinking a lot about heat recently — for obvious reasons. When I look at the windows of my 1852-vintage home, for example, I’m less likely to dwell on their lovely thin mullion sash windows than I am to consider the enormous amount of heat that I … 1

Wentworth/My Turn: The deteriorating Ukraine

Friday, February 20, 2015

Is Obama’s war in Ukraine going according to plan? Since Prime Minister Angela Merkel of Germany and President Francois Hollande of France flew into Moscow 10 days ago to huddle with President Vladimir Putin in his private office … 0

In the Arena: Leaf out of the pot playbook

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Someday — and that day may come sooner than you think — it will be legal to smoke a “joint,” a marijuana cigarette, while walking down Main Street in Greenfield or any other street in Massachusetts. It’s been … 1

Nestel/My Turn: This pipeline’s a problem

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Kinder Morgan pipeline is an issue confronting communities across the state, whether or not the pipeline crosses our own backyards. According to the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, the proposed pipeline would run through at least 148 parcels permanently protected from development by Massachusetts Article 97. The … 0

Brown/My Turn: Malcolm and Martin

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Let’s talk about race. The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X (by the Nation of Islam, not the CIA) might be a good time to revisit the issue, especially in light of recent events in Ferguson, … 0

Reyes/My Turn: Young people and a healthy environment

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Having lived on planet Earth for decades now, I have become increasingly concerned about the ongoing damage to our environment and health caused by our own lifestyle. We continue to lose wild and natural places, and to pollute air, water and soil. As a science educator, I appreciate … 0