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In the Arena: Election night disappointment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The only thing missing from Montague Town Hall on Monday night was a boom box playing a continuous loop of “Garden Party” by the late Ricky Nelson. Just as Nelson was booed out of Madison Square Garden on that fateful night in 1971, Montague Selectman Mark Fairbrother has been summarily dismissed by voters in one of the more decisive electoral skunkings in recent … 0

Newman/My Turn: Wedding hopes in the wings

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

No one at the rally on Main Street outside Northampton City Hall on the evening of Nov. 18, 2003, will forget that celebration. People hugged and cheered. Balloons floated. Signs were hoisted. Rainbow flags were waived. And Rachel Maddow spoke. Earlier that day, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court had issued its decision in the Goodridge case, holding that our state constitution guaranteed gays … 0

Benzaia/My Turn: Preschool plans create questions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As someone who has been working in the field of early education for nearly 20 years, no one has to convince me of the importance of a quality early-learning experience for a child. The Girls Club of Greenfield and its branches, Valley Play School and Camp Lion Knoll, have been providing quality early learning experiences for children as early as the 1950s. However, … 0

In the Arena: Building a reputation

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I no longer live in Greenfield, but if I did, Town Councilor Mark Maloni would get my vote every time. I don’t think I’ve ever said that about any elected town official before, but it’s a claim I make unabashedly, one that was reinforced after seeing and hearing … 0

Newman/My Turn: Fiction that rings too true

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

After almost 40 years as a civil rights attorney, nothing that law enforcement does to shred constitutional guarantees should surprise me. But a recent news report did in fact make me flinch. The Chicago police, America has learned, … 0

Kehler/My Turn: Pushing back against war

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Virtually no one likes war. Everyone, everywhere — soldiers and civilians alike — say they oppose war and that war is a horrendous waste of lives and resources. So why do we Americans not only keep engaging in wars, but often initiate them? Usually, the answer is either … 0

King and King/My Turn: Problems with broadband plan

Monday, April 13, 2015

We wanted to voice our opinion regarding the current discussion of bringing fiber-optic broadband through WiredWest to Warwick. We have been property owners and small business owners in Warwick for 26 years, choosing to live “off the grid” on a large tract of land with a driveway over … 1

Connelly/My Turn: Seeing the signs of collapse

Monday, April 13, 2015

I wish to thank The Recorder for printing the March 31 article, “Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards for high tech jobs.” The subject in this article is reminiscent of my 1970 graduate school thesis, which included analysis of the rapidly rising cost of spies and police … 0

Booth/My Turn: Bicycle safety

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I’m writing in response to the recent Recorder article reporting a 14-year-old boy hit by a motorist on Silver Street while biking to school. (“Frosty windshield lands teen cyclist in hospital after car accident” — March 25). First of all, I want to express the relief we all … 0

Hynes/My Turn: Bring our war dollars home

Sunday, April 12, 2015

What do our income taxes pay for? Our federal income taxes pay for mandatory federal budget programs, including Social Security and Medicare and interest on federal debt. They also pay for discretionary budget programs, among them education, housing, energy, environment, transportation, food and agriculture and defense. “The budget … 0

Green/My Turn: Your care, your decisions

Friday, April 10, 2015

April 16, Thursday, is National Healthcare Decisions Day, which aims to increase awareness of the benefits of advance care planning. Medical-decision making is best done in advance, allowing time to consider personal choices in the event of a catastrophic illness. Studies indicate that most Americans have not exercised … 0

In the Arena: Pay raise for mayor?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Don’t look now, but Greenfield’s mayor may be about to get a big raise. The Greenfield Town Council is considering a proposal to increase Mayor Bill Martin’s annual salary from $70,000 to $85,000, the push for which is coming from At-Large Councilor Patrick Devlin, who says he believes … 0

Iranian talks offer hope, critics don’t

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

It may be the most important news story of the decade: The United States, in concert with five other world powers, has negotiated a preliminary agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear program. Before we consider this, we … 0