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Culleny: Our exceptional mythology

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Our national mythology leads us to believe in our own goodness. We turn to its scriptures when our sense of righteousness needs stiffening. In them we find words like, “We hold these truths to be self-evident …” or “… endowed by our creator …” or “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: Committed to feeding our neighbors

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

At The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, our mission is to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger. Since 1982, we have been providing emergency food to tens of thousands of food-insecure individuals every year, through our member agencies (including local food pantries, meal sites and shelters) across Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. We are committed to … 0

Bos/My Turn: Climate, Bible studies

Monday, March 2, 2015

“As long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night” — so sayeth the new chair of the U.S. Environment and Public Works Committee paraphrasing Genesis 8:22. “My point is,” Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., said in 2012, “God’s still up … 0

Blagg: Making a safer world

Sunday, January 25, 2015

So what are we going to do? In the wake of the past few years’ continuing assaults by groups or individuals claiming to represent Islam — and the apparent ease with which they pick “soft targets” around the … 0

Kurland/My Turn: Revising the foundation budget

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dear Ms. Williamson, Sen. Chang-Diaz and members of the Massachusetts Foundation Budget Review Commission: Thank you for conducting hearings about revising the formula for the foundation budget calculations. I would like to expand upon the testimony I gave at the hearing in Northampton. Our goal is to provide … 0

In the Arena: For mayor, it’s personnel

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s possible that by the time you are read this, the fate of now-suspended Greenfield Economic Director Robert Pyers will have been sealed. But whether we’ll ever know the details is anybody’s guess. The only thing we do know is that Pyers was placed on paid administrative leave … 0

Berkshire Gas: Necessary information

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A letter published recently from the Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network (MPLAN), offering commentary on energy efficiency programs offered by Berkshire Gas, demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of energy efficiency programs in Massachusetts and the role of regulators and independent experts in defining and approving those programs. Given the importance … 2

Newman/My Turn: He’s a hero in my eyes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I want to share with you a story about compassion and courage, life and death, despair and jubilation. I want to tell you about Bryan Stevenson. In 1986, I traveled to Georgia to meet Stevenson, an African-American attorney who grew up in the 1960s in the segregated, confederate-flag-displaying … 0

Hogen/My Turn: Speaking up for victims of state-sponsored violence

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Statistics can be misleading and boring, but they convey a message. There have been a maximum of 779 Muslim men in Guantanamo since its opening 14 years ago. Now there are 121. Those who have gotten out were … 0

Greenberg and others/My Turn: At a crucial turning point

Monday, January 19, 2015

We’re sure that many of you have been following the efforts of the commonwealth, the Franklin Region Council of Governments and our legislators to convince private sector companies to significantly upgrade Internet service to the underserved towns of rural Franklin County. They’re not interested. Why? Too few customers … 0

Blagg: Cheap gas has hefty price

Sunday, January 18, 2015

As I drove away from a local gas station the other day, after having filled my tank with gasoline at a price cheaper than I’ve paid in decades, a thought popped into my head. A very unpopular thought. … 1

Rasbury-DeViolet/My Turn: No escaping leaf blowers

Friday, January 16, 2015

With the arrival of winter in New England, one expects a reprieve from the hand-held, gas-powered acoustic weapons we all know as leaf blowers. I was horrified to hear, then see an army of men use these machines in my neighborhood at 6:30 in the morning, in 12-degree … 0

In the Arena: Looking out for western Mass.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

As reporters, we are trained to keep our emotions out of the story, but that was tough to do last week while watching now-Senate President Stan Rosenberg chair the recent joint session of the Legislature during the swearing-in of new Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karen Polito. … 0