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Worgaftik/My Turn: Baystate Franklin update

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

On March 10, members of the Community Health Care Initiative (CHCI) met with Steven Bradley, president, Baystate Health Northern Region and Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC), and Amy Swisher, director of Public and Community Relations at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, to learn more about our regional hospital. This cordial discussion provided information we want to share with the community at large. How is … 0

Bedaw/My Turn: Economic impact takes flight from Orange Airport

Monday, March 30, 2015

In a report released last month by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Orange Municipal Airport was credited with a $13.9 million annual economic impact on western Massachusetts. The MassDOT 2014 Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study summarizes the significant economic benefit that Massachusetts derives from its 39 public-use airports. Input for this study came from numerous data gathering efforts for each airport in … 0

In the Arena: It gets hot in Montague

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I’ve experienced some tense moments covering local government, but few to rival what occurred at Monday’s Montague selectmen’s meeting. The topic was whether the board would sign a new contract with current cable access television provider, Montague Community Cable Incorporated, or issue a “request for proposals” for a new cable operator, which was the same method they used to edge the Shea board … 0

Brown/My Turn: Malcolm and Martin

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Let’s talk about race. The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X (by the Nation of Islam, not the CIA) might be a good time to revisit the issue, especially in light of recent events in Ferguson, … 0

Reyes/My Turn: Young people and a healthy environment

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Having lived on planet Earth for decades now, I have become increasingly concerned about the ongoing damage to our environment and health caused by our own lifestyle. We continue to lose wild and natural places, and to pollute air, water and soil. As a science educator, I appreciate … 0

Sheehan: Decommissioning Yankee

Monday, February 16, 2015

After slightly more than 42 years of splitting atoms and generating electricity, the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant was permanently shut down on Dec. 29, 2014, when control room operators inserted dozens of neutron-absorbing control rods into the reactor core for the final time. Entergy, the plant’s owner … 0

Blagg: In defense of science

Sunday, February 15, 2015

In my opinion, it’s one of the thorniest problems we have to deal with in the United States — in fact, the world — today ... and I don’t have the foggiest idea of what to do about … 3

In the Arena: Candidate showcase

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The 2015 race for Greenfield mayor is officially underway and I can tell you after sitting through a 15-minute speech announcing her candidacy, I still don’t know a whole lot more about Patty Morey Walker than I did when I walked into the Arts Block last Friday night. … 0

Charney/My Turn: Falling behind the times

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I suppose that I was whining about the cold or my crotchety old joints, when someone cited that annoying platitude “you’re only as old as you feel.” That didn’t exactly cheer me up since I was already feeling … 0

Culleny: Eternity can wait

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Ask yourself this: is it possible to run out of time? I don’t mean personally and finally —although, even in that case we don’t really run out of time, it’s like time runs us out — kicks us … 1

Doerner/My Turn: Russia’s defensive reaction

Monday, February 9, 2015

Anyone respecting the historical record can come to only one conclusion regarding Russia’s repossession of Crimea and its hovering over Ukraine. President Barack Obama is directing European partners in a grand delusion — this largely in the corporate-military … 2

Blagg: Snipers now the target

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I must confess, I’ve been bemused — and sometimes amused — by the earnest debate generated by the recent success of the movie “American Sniper.” The discussion has ranged from continuing unhappiness with the whole idea of the … 1

Engelman/My Turn: Bring an end to this mutilation

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thursday, Feb. 6, marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the practice of cutting or removing parts of the female genitalia for nonmedical reasons. It is a global health issue that affects more than 100 million women, restricts their sexuality and promotes male … 0