Wicks/My Turn: A welcome that’s no act

Monday, February 8, 2016

In late summer, I came to the Greenfield Community College campus to ask a few questions about an online course I was planning to take. But something changed during that visit. Surrounded by banners and posters proclaiming, “You Belong Here,” I felt myself say “yes, I do want to be here, not at home with my laptop.” Everything about that visit demonstrated inclusiveness, … 0

Gran/My Turn: NASA corrects its error on climate sensitivity

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A recent article in The Guardian (Jan. 12) by Dana Nuccitelli, “NASA study fixes error in low contrarian climate sensitivity estimates,” discusses a NASA study published online in the journal Nature Climate Change Letters (Dec. 14, 2015). Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity (ECS) is defined as the amount of equilibrium warming expected from a doubling … 0

Mark/My Turn: Pardon Leonard Peltier

Friday, February 5, 2016

Leonard Peltier has been confined in prison for more than 40 years. He was charged with the shooting-death of two FBI agents, Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, in the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. However, the facts around his case show a dismal miscarriage of justice. It looks like the only way Leonard Peltier will be free to go home to friends and … 2

Renaud/My Turn: Looking in the mirror

Monday, December 14, 2015

I grew up in a working class neighborhood in Lowell. If you’ve ever watched the movie “The Fighter,” then you’ve seen where I lived. Mickey Ward, the famous boxer whom the movie was based on, lived blocks away from us. The opening scene was shot in Couples Square, … 0

Tillona/My Turn: Virtual Academy role in educational success stories

Sunday, December 13, 2015

There has been much discussion in recent years about educational efforts statewide to reach and teach every child, regardless of a student’s personal circumstances, socio-economic status, language spoken at home, or developmental disability. Quality educators help every child reach his or her unique potential. We have seen charter … 0

Dvore/My Turn: Go with WiredWest

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) recently released a public statement about their decision not to fund WiredWest’s proposal with no advance notice or supporting documentation. They make accusations that are inaccurate and misleading. MBI bases their criticism of WiredWest’s business plan on a report, which they will not … 0

Letter: Offended

Friday, December 11, 2015

I’m offended by folks who are offended by everything in today’s world. People have become whiny babies with nothing better to do than be offended by so much nonsense. What has happened to this country? People are offended by the Pledge of Allegiance. People are offended by prayer. … 2

In the Arena: Adding to reporter's tool belt

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The coverage of the Dan McCarthy/Confederate flag controversy of last week has sparked a bit of an ethical debate over the use of Facebook as a news source. Truth be told, it’s unlikely that story would have broken … 0

Brown/My Turn: Behind the visceral reaction

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The controversy surrounding the Confederate flag began while I was in Greenfield over Thanksgiving and I have been following its progress ever since. Chris Collins’s recent well-written column rightly warns us not to rush so easily to judgment … 1

Connelly/My Turn: Let’s break the chain

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

These two eye-popping Recorder headlines tie together a very wide range of ideas. “Isaac Mass offers bus to Boston for big box hearing.” And on the same day and same page, beneath the fold, “Business slow on Main Street.” Recorder, B Section, Page 1, Nov. 28, 2015. Some … 0

Hogen/My Turn: Worthwhile ‘letters’

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Open Letter to Sheriff Christopher Donelan, The Recorder, and the inmates at the Franklin County House of Corrections: I want to express my deep gratitude to all of you for “Letters from inside.” First thanks to Sheriff Donelan because he has the authority to disallow such a series. … 0

Diehl and Harper/My Turn: Our educational landscape

Monday, December 7, 2015

We are following closely the discussion about potential changes to the cap on charter schools. There is much room for debate about the value, impact, funding and accountability of charter schools, and we applaud the work of Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and our local legislative delegation in carefully … 0

Carter/Letters from inside: Transitioning to the real me

Friday, December 4, 2015

When I was a child I played with Barbie dolls and all my friends were girls. I had an automatic bond with everything feminine and beautiful. We had a gorgeous long hallway and every chance I got I … 0