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den Ouden/My Turn: Mother Russia

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In the 17th and 18th centuries, Peter I and Catherine the Great, with her well-trained armies, fought a number of wars against the Ottoman Empire. In spite of their numerical inferiority, their troops defeated their rival from the south numerous times and these conflicts resulted in two treaties and in the Russian Empire … 0

Dunlap/My Turn: Untangling opiate abuse

Monday, April 14, 2014

Across Massachusetts, lives are being wasted. State police have recorded nearly 200 deaths from drug overdoses since November, but the actual number could be even higher, as figures from the largest three cities — Boston, Worcester, and Springfield — are not included in the totals. The commonwealth is not alone. The Centers for Disease Control states that death from drug overdose is now … 0

Blagg: Time may be running out

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Somewhere on the bottom of the Indian Ocean, some 1,000 miles west of Australia, three miles down, there may be an answer to the mystery that’s been baffling the world for the last month. Is the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 lying there, its “black box” flight recorders faithfully emitting a stream … 0

Glovacki/My Turn: Calmer heads should prevail

Friday, February 28, 2014

Enough with the hysterics. Everybody, including The Recorder editorial board, just take a nice, big, deep breath. I like this paper, I really do, and I make it a priority to read it every day and I’m proud of the awards it rightly earns. But the way you … 0

In the Arena: The race is on

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The marquee race of the 2014 Greenfield election season is in place and Isaac Mass, challenger for an at-large Town Council seat, has set an early tone with what might best be described as massive political overkill. Mass this week submitted nomination papers to the Greenfield Town Clerk’s … 0

Phelps/My Turn: Why I want to scream

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

If I were a political cartoonist, I would draw a representation of “The Scream,” by Edvard Munch with a thought balloon saying, “Oh no, another art program axed!” It would perfectly express the “angst” the committee eliminating the art program at Franklin County Technical School wanted to avoid … 0

Culleny: Unenlightenment returns

Monday, February 24, 2014

We’re heading back to square one. Though we’re well into the 21st century, we’re at a point where Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” is reduced to debating Ken Ham, The Non-Science Guy, as to whether the earth is 6,000 or 4.5 billion years old. As you might expect, … 0

Blagg: The screening of history

Sunday, February 23, 2014

John Walsh of British newspaper The Independent had an interesting column the other day on the use of movies, as well as TV, to teach history. It was prompted by a suggestion by an actor, Eddie Redmayne, who is familiar from appearances in “Les Misérables,” “War Horse” and … 0

Brown/My Turn: An evening with Valerie and Joe

Friday, February 21, 2014

It’s rare to meet real people behind the headlines. But a few weeks ago, Valerie Plame and her husband, Joe Wilson, traveled to my new hometown of Taos, N.M., to give a public presentation to a crowd of … 0

In the Arena: Why it’s a big deal

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Some people simply don’t get it. I know that may seem like a blunt way to start off today, but I’m not sure how else to describe what we’ve seen, read and heard in the week since it was revealed that Albert Norman had been allowed to “red-line” … 0

Blasiak/My Turn: An impartial entity

Thursday, February 20, 2014

There probably isn’t anything that so angers the citizens of this country as the perception of special interests controlling the legislative process. The thought that, before they are even passed, laws enacted in this country are presented to powerful interests to be rewritten to accommodate the few over … 0

Pliskin/My Turn: Expanding the plate of food

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

In her letter to The Recorder commenting on Time Magazine’s recent declaration of “The Mindful Revolution,” Marilyn F. Shea wrote “Buddhist’s greatest strength lies in its adaptability to local culture, while Christianity remains firm in its mission to aid the poor and feed the hungry.” Adaptations of the … 0

Pura/My Turn: Re-enlist in war on poverty

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

On Jan. 8, 1964, in his first State of the Union Address as President, Lyndon B. Johnson said, “Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope.” He was talking, of course, about the large number of Americans … 0