Columns

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 Maloni’s performance at the council’s subcommittee on Economic Development meeting this week regarding Greenfield’s proposed … 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, operate a secret interrogation facility in a nondescript warehouse called Homan Square. Prisoners — both … 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 that our war-making accomplishes important objectives, despite the massive human and material costs, or that … 0

Jablon/My Turn: What’s inside the school

Friday, March 6, 2015

A well-written editorial, “Fourth-graders and GMS,” in the Feb. 26 Recorder, addressed the difficult steps that Greenfield schools have undertaken over the past few years reconfiguring which grade levels are in elementary, middle,and high school buildings. This reorganizing was done in order to meet the financial challenges and … 0

In the Arena: I don't see a discount store getting built in Greenfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It’s time to face the painful truth, Greenfield — you are never getting your discount retail department store. The running joke used to be that I would only believe Greenfield had a big-box retail store when I was shopping in it. Now, I’m not even prepared to go … 5

Okun/My Turn: White Ribbon Day

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Major League Baseball beginning domestic violence prevention workshops at spring training. The White House launching the “It’s on Us” initiative to prevent sexual assault. Emma Watson and the United Nations are spearheading the new HeforShe movement. Men promoting gender equality and decrying violence against women is “suddenly” the … 0

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 … 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, … 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 … 0

Blagg: He embraced the cold

Sunday, March 1, 2015

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way, over the Dawson trail. Talk of your cold! through the parka’s fold it stabbed like a driven nail. If our eyes we’d close, then the lashes froze till sometimes … 0

In the Arena: Catching up with Warren

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I don’t know if Sen. Elizabeth Warren is going to be a candidate for president, but she sure sounded like it during last week’s visit to Greenfield Community College. “There was a time when our government viewed helping people pay for college as an investment,” Warren said during … 0

Gran/My Turn: Hot under the blanket

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

“It’s now official, 2014 was the warmest year on record.” Most of you have probably heard this by now. Those who understand the reality of global warming will not be surprised. Those who deny the reality of global … 0

Pick/My Turn: Electricity use and you

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Homeowners, who are understandably shocked and outraged by recent, huge jumps in their electricity bills, have been asking for my professional opinion, as a home-energy consultant, about switching to a cheaper electricity supplier. My reply: “Buyer beware!” While suppliers may offer a discount from current high prices, it’s … 1