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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

Sheehan: Decommissioning Yankee

Monday, February 16, 2015

After slightly more than 42 years of splitting atoms and generating electricity, the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant was permanently shut down on Dec. 29, 2014, when control room operators inserted dozens of neutron-absorbing control rods into the reactor core for the final time. Entergy, the plant’s owner … 0

Blagg: In defense of science

Sunday, February 15, 2015

In my opinion, it’s one of the thorniest problems we have to deal with in the United States — in fact, the world — today ... and I don’t have the foggiest idea of what to do about … 3

In the Arena: Candidate showcase

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The 2015 race for Greenfield mayor is officially underway and I can tell you after sitting through a 15-minute speech announcing her candidacy, I still don’t know a whole lot more about Patty Morey Walker than I did when I walked into the Arts Block last Friday night. … 0

Charney/My Turn: Falling behind the times

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I suppose that I was whining about the cold or my crotchety old joints, when someone cited that annoying platitude “you’re only as old as you feel.” That didn’t exactly cheer me up since I was already feeling … 0

Culleny: Eternity can wait

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Ask yourself this: is it possible to run out of time? I don’t mean personally and finally —although, even in that case we don’t really run out of time, it’s like time runs us out — kicks us … 1

Doerner/My Turn: Russia’s defensive reaction

Monday, February 9, 2015

Anyone respecting the historical record can come to only one conclusion regarding Russia’s repossession of Crimea and its hovering over Ukraine. President Barack Obama is directing European partners in a grand delusion — this largely in the corporate-military … 2

Blagg: Snipers now the target

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I must confess, I’ve been bemused — and sometimes amused — by the earnest debate generated by the recent success of the movie “American Sniper.” The discussion has ranged from continuing unhappiness with the whole idea of the … 1

Engelman/My Turn: Bring an end to this mutilation

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thursday, Feb. 6, marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the practice of cutting or removing parts of the female genitalia for nonmedical reasons. It is a global health issue that affects more than 100 million women, restricts their sexuality and promotes male … 0

In the Arena: Let the mayoral race begin

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The 2015 Greenfield mayoral election season is scheduled to officially begin tonight with the formal campaign announcement by Patty Morey Walker. Morey Walker is expected to make the announcement at 5 this afternoon at the Arts Block, and while I’d love to be able to give you some … 0

Kosterman/My Turn: Vermont Yankee still a public safety threat

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

When Vermont Yankee nuclear plant shut down on Dec. 29, 2014, the threat to public safety did not end, in fact it may have increased. The temporary spent fuel pool is now holding four times as much spent fuel as it was designed to hold (close to 3,000 … 1