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Swinerton/My Turn: Here come the Clintons

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I agree with a recent letter suggesting that John Kasich from Ohio would be a very qualified candidate for president. He has experience both in Congress and as a governor. In a nationwide election, he’s from the all important state of Ohio. I believe also that Marco Rubio should be his running mate. … 0

Hynes/My Turn: War’s many victims

Sunday, May 24, 2015

May closes with Memorial Day, also called Decoration Day for the tradition of placing and planting flowers at the graves of war veterans. Freed slaves began this tradition, gathering on May 1, 1865, in Charleston, Va., to commemorate the death of Union soldiers. It was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, and observed … 0

Healey/My Turn: Wrong direction with our forestry assets

Sunday, May 24, 2015

If you head south in western Massachusetts on Interstate 91, every day, all day long, you will see hundreds of trucks filled with local logs going north, many to Canada and some to Europe and China. The trucks take thousands of jobs and economic opportunities for rural Massachusetts with them. Other states have done studies demonstrating that the ripple effect — if one … 0

Provost/My Turn: GCC’s tangible impact

Friday, May 1, 2015

I am a proud lifelong resident of Franklin County and a co-owner of Mowry & Schmidt, Inc., a family-run general contracting business in Greenfield that has employed and helped build the residences and businesses of our community for nearly 70 years. As owners, we run our business as … 0

In the Arena: School budget battles

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It’s looking like a tough year for school budgets. Then again, I can rarely recall a year when there wasn’t some sort of political battle related to educational funding. But this seems to be an especially difficult budget cycle in a number of communities, as the cost of … 0

Bordner/My Turn: Show up and vote at town meeting

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It is town meeting time again and the taxpayers of towns must struggle with the commitment of their time to go and vote their conscience. Truly boorish events, no one enjoys the wrangling and false agendas put forth at town meetings. Some are truly afraid to vote or … 0

Cardinal and Thurber/My Turn: Vote on whole budget, not parts

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

On Feb. 25, the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee voted to approve and submit to member towns a total operating budget of $18,364,099 for Fiscal Year 2016 (which begins on July 1, 2015). This represents an increase of $645,508, or 3.64 percent over the total budget approved for … 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