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Brown/My Turn: Fratricidal brothers

Friday, July 25, 2014

Back during the Clinton administration, political cartoonist Pat Oliphant had a perfect artistic device for illustrating the never-ending Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Two twin toddlers, one labeled “Israel,” the other “Palestine” charge into the Oval Office howling, “We need out diapers changed again!” The president gives them both a look of resigned irritation. I, personally, … 0

In the Arena: Back to the drawing board

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Maybe we should start referring to it as the “ordinance that will not die.” Seriously, there are cyborgs in “Terminator” movies that are easier to kill than Greenfield’s proposed noise control ordinance, which was sent back to committee this week after the Town Council voted to sustain Mayor Bill Martin’s veto of the measure deemed by some town officials to be unenforceable in … 0

Bates/My Turn: Do some energy math

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let’s do the math concerning wind and solar energy as they relate to western Massachusetts. First, let me get this out of the way. If you are anti-CO2, anti-nuclear, anti-methane, then you must be for darkness. Because darkness is what will happen in this region if the residents continue to be anti-everything except … 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

Amyot/My Turn: Pipeline politics

Monday, June 9, 2014

When I read that local unions are hoping that the area will welcome the gas pipeline that is being proposed by Kinder Morgan in the hope that the project would provide temporary jobs, I shuddered. As someone whose family has experienced joblessness several times and, once, for a … 2

Blagg: Nightmare just beginning

Sunday, June 8, 2014

It was interesting, and sobering, to watch the various memorials to the D-Day landings on Normandy back in June of 1944. Dignitaries went to ceremonies honoring the dead and soldiers of different nations who had participated were asked, … 0

Kurkoski/My Turn: Pipeline not an answer

Friday, June 6, 2014

For more than eight years, I have been an active member of the Warwick Buildings & Energy Committee and the North Quabbin Energy group. Most of our projects have centered on defining and addressing the areas where energy is being needlessly wasted, and we’ve achieved noteworthy results so … 0