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Blagg: Before war was unleashed

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It was nearly 100 years ago next month that the opening salvos of the Great War thundered across the Belgian countryside — the Great Powers of the world were throwing their manpower and industrial might at each other in a titanic struggle that would change the world forever. What we now call the First World War would lead — directly and indirectly — … 0

Hogen/My Turn: The right question

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I appreciate Tim Blagg’s writing about Israel’s war on Gaza (July 21), because when respected members of our community talk about an issue, it makes us pay attention. However, I don’t think Blagg asks the best question, i.e., why many more Palestinians are dying than Israelis, nor can I quite agree with his answer. He says Hamas lacks the level of military technology … 0

Tolg/My Turn: My stroke made me think

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A few minutes before the start of Christmas, I had a stroke. I was up late waiting for a phone call from my son, asking me to pick him up. I thought my right leg had gone to sleep and just sat there at the dining room table, reading, waiting for it to wake-up when I realized that I couldn’t move my right … 0

Norman/My Turn: Absent voters speak volumes

Friday, June 20, 2014

As someone who has been involved in Greenfield politics for 36 years, every election offers the opportunity for post-mortem comments. Here are my “election bullets:” ∎ The hands-down winner of the June 10 election were the DNVs: the Did Not Votes. ∎ Of Greenfield’s 10,891 registered voters — only 3,163 … 0

In the Arena: His hat stays out of ring

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Now that Greenfield voters have had their say, the focus shifts to who will lead the “new” Town Council. But the one person who won’t be in the running is the senior member of that body. “I thought about it, but I really don’t want to divide the … 0

Cade/My Turn: The Recorder’s ‘ladies’

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Not too long ago, I wrote about the “men” of The Recorder. Today, I’d like to turn my attention to the “women.” Let us first pay homage to Irmarie Jones, the doyenne of all The Recorder ladies who have followed her. She traveled tirelessly to all parts of … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Iraq’s people must choose

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mesopotamia, which much later became Iraq, has a cultural history lasting over 10,000 years. Its fertile crescent is where agriculture first emerges in Europe and Asia. The food surpluses generated by planting cereal crops made possible leisure and … 1

Miner/My Turn: Make Greenfield skateboard park happen

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Back in October, at a special Community Relations and Education committee meeting, there was a long and what felt like a promising discussion about the need for a skateboard park and a dog park in Greenfield. At that time (and in the months since) there has been much … 0

Blagg: Violence now a disturbing norm

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The good news is that the statistics for all types of violent gun deaths in the U.S. have been essentially flat since about 2000, following a sharp drop since the 1990s, when such deaths peaked. There were about … 0

A primer for Americans on how to watch the World Cup

Friday, June 13, 2014

This week sports fans around the globe will turn their attention to the most watched athletic event in the world - the soccer World Cup. In remote villages and urban centers, close to 1 billion fans will stop what they are doing and find the nearest accessible television … 0

In the Arena: What did Greenfield voters say

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Well, news-hounds, did Tuesday settle anything for you? Obviously, the big stories from this week’s Greenfield’s Town Election were the victories of Penny Ricketts and Isaac Mass, two some would say rabidly pro-growth voices to replace dyed-in-the-wool smart-growthers David Singer, who did not run for re-election to the … 0

Perschel/My Turn: Healthy forests, healthy towns

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

On May 15, the Supreme Judicial Court of the commonwealth upheld what has been standard practice for 150 years — that property owned by charities for their charitable purposes is tax exempt. Conservation charities — otherwise known as land trusts — have been treated just like other charities … 0

Charney/My Turn: Oh, that ‘aging’ thing

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I promised myself that I would not write about it anymore — no more dwelling on those “aging” things. “Enough,” I told myself. “Just get on with it,” I said, trying to channel my stoical mother. I would not even mention the times — yes, times in the … 0