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Connelly/My Turn: Eliminating plastics

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Plastic trash kills sea animals: turtles, whales, birds and fish. Very few people don’t know this, a tiny minority does not care. Some plastic trash is intentionally created micro particles added to products like toothpaste and some soap gels, supposedly with the purpose of increasing the cleaning power of these products. It has been found, however, that these tiny plastic bits can wedge … 0

Blagg: Reasons to be thankful

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Strictly speaking, we ought to be thankful throughout the year, taking time to appreciate good fortune whenever it occurs, and “smelling the roses” in our daily lives. Does it really take a special day? But, humans being humans, it’s often hard to stop, raise up and look around, and count our many blessings. I have plenty, as it happens, but can’t take credit … 0

Charney/My Turn: No walk on the wild side

Friday, November 21, 2014

On the coldest day of the year — the temperature gauge on the car reads 6 degrees — we bring home a cat. “Dune, “ as in sand dune, I suggest for a name. “Why Dune?” my husband asks. Dune, I explain, conjures up the cat’s buff coloring and his yellow-green eyes. “Doom,” our grandson announces instead, preferring the dramatic and savage, a … 0

Koehn and Friedman/My Turn: Support sick leave initiative

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Right now in Massachusetts, almost 1 million workers cannot take a single day of paid sick time to visit the doctor or take care of a sick child or themselves. In November, we can change this by voting “Yes” on Question 4, which would guarantee access to earned … 0

Green/My Turn: So you’ll know the score

Monday, October 20, 2014

My name is Rick Green and I am the chairman of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, also known as MassFiscal or MFA. MassFiscal is a grassroots organization of over 350 Massachusetts businesspeople, including Democrats, Independents and Republicans. In early August, we began to educate voters by sending direct mail … 0

Blagg: Reporting’s risks

Sunday, October 19, 2014

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press BAGHDAD — Militants unleashed a wave of attacks on Thursday targeting Shiite areas in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing at least 38 people and wounding dozens, officials said. The deadliest attack took place when two parked car-bombs exploded simultaneously in a commercial … 0

O’Rourke/My Turn: Without my input, support

Friday, October 17, 2014

I want to make it absolutely clear to the residents of Conway that I had nothing to do with the vote of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Oct. 14, to hold the election on Thursday, Oct. 16, to vote on the borrowing for the highway garage project, … 0

In the Arena: Free-cash management

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin likes to brag about not being a “politician,” but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have good political instincts. That became apparent two weeks ago, when Martin decided to ask each town councilor for suggestions on the best ways to use the town’s recent $3.29 … 0

Bos/My Turn: Our cancer connection

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We call it the “Big C” (along with some other things) in our weekly men’s support meetings at Cancer Connection just across Locust Street from Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Founded in 2000, the nonprofit Cancer Connection (www.cancer-connection.org/) is at heart a “living room,” where each Wednesday at … 0

Barbarism's rationale

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What’s with ISIS? ISIS is the latest diabolical monster to come down the human pike: irrational, brutal and bloodthirsty, faux-pious, faux-devout. But ISIS is really nothing more than another instance of what humans do to humans —another historic example of what humans are, in part, about. There’s nothing … 0

Bean/My Turn: Sleepless in Conway

Monday, October 13, 2014

After Conway’s special town meeting, I had a hard time falling asleep. I was excited to see such a large attendance — 231 voters — and proud that so many folks showed up. The Garage Committee and Selectboard had worked hard that evening to present their case for … 0

Blagg: Waging a modern war

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the United States is at war. The opening salvo of the conflict was not, as it might appear on Sept. 11, 2001, but actually in Febru ary 1993, when an enormous … 0

In the Arena: The talk in Montague

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The First Amendment and the state Open Meeting Law weren’t on the agenda at this week’s Montague selectmen’s meeting, but they sure played a role in helping shape the conversation. The Montague board had scheduled what would have been its fourth executive session related to the sale of … 0