Columns

In the Arena: I don't see a discount store getting built in Greenfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It’s time to face the painful truth, Greenfield — you are never getting your discount retail department store. The running joke used to be that I would only believe Greenfield had a big-box retail store when I was shopping in it. Now, I’m not even prepared to go that far, especially in light of the recent state Appeals Court ruling that the Massachusetts … 0

Okun/My Turn: White Ribbon Day

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Major League Baseball beginning domestic violence prevention workshops at spring training. The White House launching the “It’s on Us” initiative to prevent sexual assault. Emma Watson and the United Nations are spearheading the new HeforShe movement. Men promoting gender equality and decrying violence against women is “suddenly” the next new cause. Except it’s not. The issue is, though, finally getting some sustained media … 0

Culleny: Our exceptional mythology

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Our national mythology leads us to believe in our own goodness. We turn to its scriptures when our sense of righteousness needs stiffening. In them we find words like, “We hold these truths to be self-evident …” or “… endowed by our creator …” or “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just … 0

Amyot/My Turn: Our drive to reduce plastic use

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Imagine my surprise Friday morning when I read in The Recorder that our group was trying to get a measure passed without following democratic procedures. About a year ago, our group approached the Town Council’s Appointments and Ordinances Committee about the possibility of banning plastic water bottles in … 0

Hynes/My Turn: Refusing to play the victim

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Paris Peace Accords were signed on Jan. 27, 1973, making possible a re-united Vietnam. The peace accords ended eight years of the American War (as it is known to the Vietnamese) and two prior decades of covert warfare against this small, agrarian Asian country. For much of … 0

Blagg: Making a safer world

Sunday, January 25, 2015

So what are we going to do? In the wake of the past few years’ continuing assaults by groups or individuals claiming to represent Islam — and the apparent ease with which they pick “soft targets” around the … 0

Kurland/My Turn: Revising the foundation budget

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dear Ms. Williamson, Sen. Chang-Diaz and members of the Massachusetts Foundation Budget Review Commission: Thank you for conducting hearings about revising the formula for the foundation budget calculations. I would like to expand upon the testimony I gave at the hearing in Northampton. Our goal is to provide … 0

In the Arena: For mayor, it’s personnel

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s possible that by the time you are read this, the fate of now-suspended Greenfield Economic Director Robert Pyers will have been sealed. But whether we’ll ever know the details is anybody’s guess. The only thing we do know is that Pyers was placed on paid administrative leave … 0

Berkshire Gas: Necessary information

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A letter published recently from the Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network (MPLAN), offering commentary on energy efficiency programs offered by Berkshire Gas, demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of energy efficiency programs in Massachusetts and the role of regulators and independent experts in defining and approving those programs. Given the importance … 2

Newman/My Turn: He’s a hero in my eyes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I want to share with you a story about compassion and courage, life and death, despair and jubilation. I want to tell you about Bryan Stevenson. In 1986, I traveled to Georgia to meet Stevenson, an African-American attorney who grew up in the 1960s in the segregated, confederate-flag-displaying … 0

Hogen/My Turn: Speaking up for victims of state-sponsored violence

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Statistics can be misleading and boring, but they convey a message. There have been a maximum of 779 Muslim men in Guantanamo since its opening 14 years ago. Now there are 121. Those who have gotten out were … 0

Greenberg and others/My Turn: At a crucial turning point

Monday, January 19, 2015

We’re sure that many of you have been following the efforts of the commonwealth, the Franklin Region Council of Governments and our legislators to convince private sector companies to significantly upgrade Internet service to the underserved towns of rural Franklin County. They’re not interested. Why? Too few customers … 0

Blagg: Cheap gas has hefty price

Sunday, January 18, 2015

As I drove away from a local gas station the other day, after having filled my tank with gasoline at a price cheaper than I’ve paid in decades, a thought popped into my head. A very unpopular thought. … 1