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In the Arena: Question-raising issues

Thursday, July 2, 2015

It’s the job of any good journalist to write stories that answer the questions uppermost in the minds of their readers, listeners and viewers. But every once in a while, we stumble across stories that leave us asking questions not easily answered. Let’s consider a few from just this past week. ∎ Does Stan Rosenberg secretly want to be a Republican? Probably not, but … 0

Rosenberg/My Turn: Massachusetts helped lead the way

Thursday, July 2, 2015

In one historic 48-hour burst last week, the Supreme Court affirmed what we here in the commonwealth know well: Massachusetts is a trailblazer for equal rights and social justice in the country and the world. On Thursday, the court upheld the Affordable Care Act, a law that was of course modeled on the health care bill we passed here nearly a decade ago. … 0

Hynes/My Turn: History’s teachable moments on pipeline

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The dominant industry argument for the Tennessee Gas Co.’s proposed pipeline through western Massachusetts is that it will provide gas for Boston on peak demand winter days and smaller-scale gas needs in western Massachusetts. If we assume, for the sake of argument, that this is its true intent, then past history offers some lessons for the contested pipeline proposal. In the mid 1960s, … 0

Healey/My Turn: Wrong direction with our forestry assets

Sunday, May 24, 2015

If you head south in western Massachusetts on Interstate 91, every day, all day long, you will see hundreds of trucks filled with local logs going north, many to Canada and some to Europe and China. The trucks take thousands of jobs and economic opportunities for rural Massachusetts … 0

Wilson/My Turn: To build a fire

Sunday, May 24, 2015

What to do to honor the Earth? Burn brush. Why? According to my aesthetic, I like the woods around our house to be open and clear, like a park, but branches fall down every winter and picking them up takes quite a while. Sometimes trees fall and I … 0

In the Arena: Election night disappointment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The only thing missing from Montague Town Hall on Monday night was a boom box playing a continuous loop of “Garden Party” by the late Ricky Nelson. Just as Nelson was booed out of Madison Square Garden on that fateful night in 1971, Montague Selectman Mark Fairbrother has … 0

Newman/My Turn: Wedding hopes in the wings

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

No one at the rally on Main Street outside Northampton City Hall on the evening of Nov. 18, 2003, will forget that celebration. People hugged and cheered. Balloons floated. Signs were hoisted. Rainbow flags were waived. And Rachel Maddow spoke. Earlier that day, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court … 0

Benzaia/My Turn: Preschool plans create questions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As someone who has been working in the field of early education for nearly 20 years, no one has to convince me of the importance of a quality early-learning experience for a child. The Girls Club of Greenfield and its branches, Valley Play School and Camp Lion Knoll, … 0

Grant/My Turn: Martin Luther’s story

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

“Whatever you’ve seen in the movies and pictures, Martin Luther probably didn’t nail his ‘95 theses’ onto a church door in Wittenberg.” That’s a quote from the “Conflict to Communion” story in the May 2 Recorder. The door in question was the entry of Wittenberg Castle (Catholic) Church; … 0

Keith/My Turn: Played by the pipeline

Monday, May 18, 2015

As we have heard, Berkshire Gas spokesman Christopher Farrell is frustrated with pipeline opponents. To be fair, of all the local distribution companies in Massachusetts, Berkshire may have the most to gain from Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Direct (NED) Project. Berkshire Gas currently depends on Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas … 0

MacDougall/My Turn: Antidote for hopelessness

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Each time I read a news story full of violence or chaos, I have a choice: I can feel defeated or I can remain hopeful. I opt for the latter by consistently witnessing people working on projects that transform lives. Compassionate action within community is the antidote to … 0

Potee/My Turn: The disease of addiction

Friday, May 15, 2015

Michael Botticelli, the White House drug czar, stood in front of an international gathering of 1,500 addiction doctors and said, “Let me tell you about the inmates at the Franklin County House of Corrections in Massachusetts.” He proceeded to discuss their recent column in this newspaper and their … 0

In the Arena: A happening committee

Thursday, May 14, 2015

If you are looking for political intrigue, the place to be these days seems to be the Greenfield Town Council’s Appointments and Ordinances Committee. Most times, covering a council subcommittee lands on the pleasantry scale somewhere between a root canal and an aggressive teeth cleaning appointment. Not so … 0