In the Arena: Thanks!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This may seem hard to believe, but this week marks the 15th year I’ve been writing this column. During that time, a lot of political water has gone under the bridge, some dirtier than I’d care to admit. And I’ve been pretty blunt, at times, in my efforts, as the columnist’s creed goes, “to give comfort to the afflicted while afflicting the comfortable.” … 0

Hynes and Crowe/My Turn: ‘Christmas Truce’ signified truth

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By H. PATRICIA HYNES and FRANCES CROWE Along the western front of World War I lie miles of cemeteries for British, Scottish, Belgian, French and other soldiers killed in the war. In a lone, out-of-the way plot in this land of teenage war dead, a large cross and a dozen small ones honor … 1

Blagg: Detrimental to democracy

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Democracies aren’t particularly good at reacting to sudden threats — they tend to overreact, exhibiting signs of paranoia and even hysteria in the aftermath of an unexpected attack or crisis. And in that period immediately following the event, there is a tendency to carelessly toss out the basic tenets of the Rule of … 0

Blagg: Third-party candidates

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Third-party candidates pose a thorny question in American politics. Although there are some successes in our history — after all, John C. Fremont’s Republican Party — formerly the Whigs — began as an anti-slavery alternative to James Buchanan’s … 0

Worgaftik/My Turn: Embracing a new economy

Friday, November 7, 2014

In Franklin County, we work to create jobs, especially those that pay a living wage. We also develop our communities by building better broadband, more solar electric opportunities and refurbishing deteriorating buildings. We don’t spend as much time on considering what we want our overall economic structure to … 0

In the Arena: They can work it out

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I’m not usually in the habit of talking ideologues off the ledge, but I would urge any Democrats reading this to take a deep breath, a knee-bend or whatever calming measures may be necessary to fight off any lingering depression left over from Tuesday’s election. Though it may … 0

Howland/My Turn: The energy structure

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The announcement of National Grid’s 37 percent increase in residential electrical rates has made it painfully obvious that the federal and state agencies charged with the responsibility of managing “reliable” electrical power supplies at “competitive prices” for the New England states have failed in their mission. Lest we … 0

Charney/My Turn: Coloring my fall

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

It started with yellow jackets. Swarms appeared in our house a few weeks ago, massing against windowpanes. They were drowsy, languid creatures bent only on the light, so easy to swat. One after the other, they fell, corpses to be removed with dustpan and brush. I found I … 0

Brown/My Turn: Men and war on my mind

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Every day, another veteran from World War II passes away. Those who fought in the Korean War are not far behind. That leaves the Vietnam War as the next group to commemorate as its veterans, too, get long in the tooth. For many of us reading this, Vietnam … 0

Bos/My Turn: Selling a way of thinking

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

In 1949, George Orwell published his prescient novel “1984,” which was set in a time of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation, dictated by a political system governed by a privileged party of the elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as “thought crimes.” Some … 0

Aksamit and Mareneck/My Turn: It takes a community

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Recorder is to be highly commended for its series on domestic violence. In an age of cheap tabloid sensationalism and disregard for the facts, it is refreshing to read about the crisis of domestic violence, the price paid by its victims and the impact on society when … 0

Boston/My Turn: Let’s get hooked to solar

Monday, November 3, 2014

I own a home that is heated with oil. I wanted to find a way to reduce my dependence on energy generated by gas, coal, oil or nuclear power in order to do my part to lower the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) that is causing climate … 0

Blagg: What we have to fear

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fear is very useful and without it, humans would be lost. After all, back in the days when we were all wandering around the planet scavenging for food in the form of nuts, berries, various edible tubers and … 0