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Mass/My Turn: Staking out my campaign

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My name is Isaac Mass and I want to be Greenfield’s next at-large town councilor. I believe in Greenfield and know it can be a more vibrant and prosperous city. I know if we focus on the priorities of the community, we can make our city grow and our people more satisfied. I believe in a community with a bustling downtown filled with … 0

Charney/My Turn: Strengthening keystones

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

“I’m a turtle grazer,” she says, introducing herself to the small audience who has come to learn about gopher turtles. Her audience titters. “Really,” she says, “that is my title. ” Turtle grazers carry their 10-pound charges to a designated area to absorb sunlight, investigate the grasses, socialize with other turtles and NOT escape. It’s part of their rehabilitation process before a safe … 0

Swetland/My Turn: The state of local politics

Monday, April 21, 2014

I, like probably most Americans, have been disgusted with national partisan debates that have little or nothing to with improving our lot as citizens. At the same time, I am appalled at the bipartisan foreign policy that is a state of permanent war and intervention that, according to international polling, has given this country the reputation as being the biggest threat to world … 0

Charney/My Turn: Driven to distraction

Friday, March 7, 2014

Picture a busy supermarket parking lot the day before a holiday. Cars enter, leave, zigzag their way to vacant parking spaces. Patient drivers. Impatient drivers. Grocery carts get pushed, abandoned and careen on their own paths. An empty cart rolls past a strolling shopper who snatches it up. … 0

In the Arena: He may get burned

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Fanning the flames of discontent is not a new concept in politics, especially when a candidate is challenging an incumbent with a pretty solid base of support. One of the inherent dangers, however, is that said strategy can backfire, especially if the challenger is too aggressive with his … 0

Cox/My Turn: More questions than answers

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

There is a new proposal to create a national forest in western Massachusetts, not a traditional national forest where the Forest Service owns land outright, but instead mostly a network of federally funded conservation restrictions of working woodlands in 20 towns, where private landowners sell their development rights … 1

Nelson/My Turn: The last mile can’t wait

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

If you’re on a car trip or in a road race, reaching the last mile means you’re almost there. Not so with the task of building a “last mile” fiber network to bring broadband to those citizens in western Massachusetts with poor Internet service or none. In many … 0

Norman/My Turn: Hiding behind ‘disappointment’

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Isaac Mass, one of the founders of the pro-retail development group Citizens for Growth, tells this newspaper at his self-promotion kickoff, that he is “disappointed” that the Town Council’s Appointments and Ordinances Committee “saw nothing wrong” when they invited me to speak about my comments on a proposed … 0

Earles/My Turn: Disturbing lack of response

Monday, March 3, 2014

Whenever a student suicide associated with bullying or a school shooting occurs, there is much about mental illness and the mentally ill in the media. The need for greater school safety and more mental health services is usually expressed. Rarely is there discussion about what is not happening … 0

Blagg: Just doing our job

Sunday, March 2, 2014

I thought I would wait awhile for the gigantic kerfuffel over the Al Norman/Town Council/Conservation Commission to die down before I weighed in with my viewpoint. And a giant kerfuffel it was. “How dare you ... !” letters and phone calls continued for days. Well, we dared to … 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