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Charney/My Turn: No walk on the wild side

Friday, November 21, 2014

On the coldest day of the year — the temperature gauge on the car reads 6 degrees — we bring home a cat. “Dune, “ as in sand dune, I suggest for a name. “Why Dune?” my husband asks. Dune, I explain, conjures up the cat’s buff coloring and his yellow-green eyes. “Doom,” our grandson announces instead, preferring the dramatic and savage, a … 0

In the Arena: Montague gamesmanship

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Is Montague becoming the new Ashfield? It sure looks that way, because much like their friends to the west encountered recently during ongoing battles over the Ashfield House, Open Meeting Law complaints are flowing in Montague like water through the Strathmore canal. Most of the complaints, much like in Ashfield, are related to missing selectmen’s meeting minutes (which have since been caught up … 0

Wood/My Turn: Unchecked surveillance

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What are we so afraid of? It’s easy to sound crazy when you start to talk about the United States’ sweeping surveillance program. It could be a conspiracy theorist’s fantasy. But in 2013, former NSA analyst Edward Snowden brought this system and its abuses to the attention of journalists and now we all … 0

Blagg: Reporting’s risks

Sunday, October 19, 2014

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press BAGHDAD — Militants unleashed a wave of attacks on Thursday targeting Shiite areas in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing at least 38 people and wounding dozens, officials said. The deadliest attack took place when two parked car-bombs exploded simultaneously in a commercial … 0

O’Rourke/My Turn: Without my input, support

Friday, October 17, 2014

I want to make it absolutely clear to the residents of Conway that I had nothing to do with the vote of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Oct. 14, to hold the election on Thursday, Oct. 16, to vote on the borrowing for the highway garage project, … 0

In the Arena: Free-cash management

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin likes to brag about not being a “politician,” but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have good political instincts. That became apparent two weeks ago, when Martin decided to ask each town councilor for suggestions on the best ways to use the town’s recent $3.29 … 0

Bos/My Turn: Our cancer connection

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We call it the “Big C” (along with some other things) in our weekly men’s support meetings at Cancer Connection just across Locust Street from Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Founded in 2000, the nonprofit Cancer Connection (www.cancer-connection.org/) is at heart a “living room,” where each Wednesday at … 0

Barbarism's rationale

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What’s with ISIS? ISIS is the latest diabolical monster to come down the human pike: irrational, brutal and bloodthirsty, faux-pious, faux-devout. But ISIS is really nothing more than another instance of what humans do to humans —another historic example of what humans are, in part, about. There’s nothing … 0

Bean/My Turn: Sleepless in Conway

Monday, October 13, 2014

After Conway’s special town meeting, I had a hard time falling asleep. I was excited to see such a large attendance — 231 voters — and proud that so many folks showed up. The Garage Committee and Selectboard had worked hard that evening to present their case for … 0

Blagg: Waging a modern war

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the United States is at war. The opening salvo of the conflict was not, as it might appear on Sept. 11, 2001, but actually in Febru ary 1993, when an enormous … 0

In the Arena: The talk in Montague

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The First Amendment and the state Open Meeting Law weren’t on the agenda at this week’s Montague selectmen’s meeting, but they sure played a role in helping shape the conversation. The Montague board had scheduled what would have been its fourth executive session related to the sale of … 0

Rosnick/My Turn: GCC award a shared honor

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

As I write this, The American Association of Community Colleges has announced the awarding of the prestigious Green Genome Award to five colleges nationwide. Four colleges are being honored, one each for the categories: community engagement, governance, program design and delivery, and strategic partnerships. One college is being … 0

Brewer and Kulik: Prostate cancer awareness

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

We would like to call attention to a disease that is more common and more lethal than even breast cancer in our state: Prostate cancer has become an epidemic, striking as many as one in seven men. This disease is personal — we are prostate cancer survivors. We … 0