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Hollins/My Turn: Vital to LGBTQ students

Monday, April 27, 2015

In every public school today, some students have well-developed or emerging LGBTQ identities (LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning). Sometimes navigating this identity is clear, supported and comfortable. Sometimes the identity path includes confusion and fear. Based on recommendations by the Massachusetts Commission for LGBTQ Youth, the State Board of Education voted unanimously last month to adopt updated … 0

Newlin/My Turn: Let’s not rush the process in Whately

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Both the Whately Board of Selectmen and the Municipal Building Committee abstained from recommending a petition article on the upcoming (Tuesday, April 28) town meeting warrant that would authorize the purchase of the Mass. Library System building for “$815,000 or any other amount.” Our reluctance to recommend this article is not because we think buying the building is a bad idea. But the … 0

In the Arena: Center stage in Montague

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It looks like the “Mike Nelson era” on the Montague Board of Selectmen is finally about to begin. Some would argue that it actually began when “Mr. Sunshine,” as he is sometimes known, was elected to Pat Allen’s former seat with 85 percent of the vote. But there is a big difference between winning a seat at the table and driving a board’s … 0

In the Arena: Tobacco fight still smoldering

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Greenfield Board of Health may not have the last word when it comes to a series of proposed new tobacco regulations. The board last week voted to impose the regulations, which raises the minimum tobacco sales age from 18 to 21 while also banning the sale of … 0

Greist/My Turn: Celebrating the doughnut

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Over the years, I have watched the dramatic ebb and flow of our downtown business community. My own efforts in that arena have also seen good times and bad. On its very darkest days: vacant storefronts, hope dwindling, owners broke, desperate, depressed and sometimes, even, understandably, drunk or … 0

Blanker/My Turn: Taking the train: All aboard

Monday, March 16, 2015

There I was, standing on the somewhat abbreviated platform at the Greenfield train stop watching as the sleek Amtrak train approached. I was actually going to board a train, The Vermonter, in Greenfield and depart it in New York, N.Y. The last time I had gotten on a … 1

Blagg: Oh, the stories I can tell

Sunday, March 15, 2015

One of the great things about working as a newspaperman is the entrée it gives you into people, places and experiences the average person normally never gets to see. I’ve talked to presidents, senators, governors and just plain … 0

In the Arena: Rosenberg using his pulpit

Thursday, March 12, 2015

It’s not taking long for new state Senate President Stan Rosenberg to exert his authority on Beacon Hill. The latest example came this past week, when Rosenberg made it clear that a committee looking to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston can expect no financial help from … 0

Zinan/My Turn: Zombie obsession explained

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Zombies — for a decade and a half now, you can’t escape them. Books, social media, movies, and TV. In response to this onslaught, innumerable essays, like this one, are written to explain the phenomenon. Here is a … 0

Sullivan/My Turn: Being part of the solution to end domestic violence

Monday, March 9, 2015

The eighth annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day was held throughout our state on Thursday. White Ribbon Day is about ending domestic and sexual violence in our communities and making sure that men and boys understand that they can be part of the solution. In the weeks and months … 0

Blagg: A proud newspaperman

Sunday, March 8, 2015

It’s quite understandable, I think, as I wind down my quarter-century or more as Editor of The Recorder, that I think back over my years as a newspaperman. Note that I don’t call myself a “journalist.” In my … 0

Hollins/My Turn: Making the grades

Sunday, March 8, 2015

There is a truth to grade configuration — and it probably won’t please someone with a strong opinion. The truth is … it doesn’t matter. That is to say, grade configuration is not a factor proven to make a difference in creating top-quality schools. All the research I’ve … 0

Jablon/My Turn: What’s inside the school

Friday, March 6, 2015

A well-written editorial, “Fourth-graders and GMS,” in the Feb. 26 Recorder, addressed the difficult steps that Greenfield schools have undertaken over the past few years reconfiguring which grade levels are in elementary, middle,and high school buildings. This reorganizing was done in order to meet the financial challenges and … 0