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In the Arena: Subdued party crowd

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It was a little after 7 when I pulled open the door at Greenfield’s Ocean Grille, prepared to break my own not-exactly-hard-and-fast rule about refusing to attend party fundraisers the week before a state election. I couldn’t resist because this was being billed a both a fundraiser for unopposed 2nd Berkshire Rep. Paul Mark, who always throws a good party, and a Democratic … 0

Carolan/My Turn: Witness to the horror

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It’s a warm fall night. The stars are twinkling, the moon hangs low. We are seated on a trailer pulled by a farm tractor, bumping along a deeply rutted road into a broad cornfield along the Connecticut River. There are 16 of us — a portion of the hundreds of patrons who have visited this Halloween interactive entertainment venue over the last few … 0

Blagg: Canadians provide lesson

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Last week, a man walked up to a Canadian soldier — Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders — and shot him in the back as he was standing guard at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa. The man, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, of Calgary then drove the few blocks to the … 0

Pura/My Turn: Threshold for opportunity

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Greenfield Community College has opened its doors to a new fall semester for the 52nd time. Approximately 5,500 students will attend this year; 60 percent women and 40 percent men with an average age of 27. Sixty-four percent will attend part-time and 36 percent are full-time students. Some … 0

Charney/My Turn: Faulty personal compass

Monday, September 22, 2014

You would think that I would be the ideal candidate for a GPS. In fact, I’m sure that they must have been invented for the likes of me — the “navigationally challenged.” Although never a quick study with technology, I requested one of those gizmo’s for my birthday. … 0

Blagg: ‘Green’ energy mix can be done

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The other day, newspapers across New England carried a story that heralded the fact that Burlington, Vt. is claiming that 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water, and biomass. With the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the … 0

In the Arena: Deja vu

Thursday, September 18, 2014

History does seem to have a way of repeating itself in local politics. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Montague, where reality is starting to take hold regarding the future — or lack of same — of the Strathmore Paper Company complex. “If something doesn’t happen soon, … 1

Bos/My Turn: Power of the ballot

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I received a goodly number of comments about my “Mayday” column in The Recorder (Aug. 19). In it, I offered the creation of the MaydayUS “super PAC” (https://mayday.us/) as one way to combat the anti-democratic assault on fair elections by the tidal tsunami of conservative cash unleashed by … 0

Cohn/My Turn: Supportive community

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Education and philanthropy are alive and well in Greenfield and Franklin County. Franklin County, being the most impoverished and rural county in the commonwealth, has much to be proud of. Our community has always given generously to endeavors that support our schools, fund education and help our neighbors … 0

Wilson/My Turn: Our imprint on this mess

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

As the British demonstrated in the Battle of Britain in 1940 and Americans demonstrated after 9/11, people do not like being bombed. In January of 1991, we bombed Iraq for five weeks, destroying much of the infrastructure of … 0

Shaney/My Turn: What I want to believe

Monday, September 15, 2014

The pipeline. An awful lot has been written about it. I want to believe … I want to believe that the two resolutions that passed overwhelmingly in my town of Ashfield — one to ban the pipeline, one to put forth community rights — mean something. I want … 1

Blagg: Connecting history’s dots

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Every once in awhile, the stars align and mysterious — and interesting — things happen. That was the case the other day for me. I was listening to NPR in the morning, as usual, when I heard a story about the anniversary of the creation of our national … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Policy of innovation

Friday, September 12, 2014

There has been much discussion on a superficial level as to what is the foreign policy of the Obama administration. The most generous minded describe it as cautious and as very reluctant to send in the troops. The … 0