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Charney/My Turn: Brush with 'alligator teeth'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My message machine blinked its red light. It was the first thing I noticed. “Grandma are you OK?” was the message. “I’m worried about you.” I called back immediately, even before I dropped my bags and sat down. “I’m fine,” I told him. “I’m just fine.” “OK,” he said, with that sort of … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Russia’s growing appetitie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Putin’s attempt to seize the Ukraine and his successful annexation of Crimea in part was provoked by June 27, the date that the European Union (EU), Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia had set for bringing these countries into a constructive long-term economic relationship with Europe. Leading up to this now-signed agreement in a recent … 0

Coli/My Turn: Hardly a compromise

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is a letter we sent to Rep. Kulik, and Sens. Downing and Dempsey in regard to a bill (H4185) pending in the Legislature. Gentlemen, My wife Norma and I would like to go on record concerning our disappointment with the recent release of H4185 (the so-called “compromise bill”) from the Joint Committee of Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy that Sen. Downing co-chairs. Our … 0

A primer for Americans on how to watch the World Cup

Friday, June 13, 2014

This week sports fans around the globe will turn their attention to the most watched athletic event in the world - the soccer World Cup. In remote villages and urban centers, close to 1 billion fans will stop what they are doing and find the nearest accessible television … 0

In the Arena: What did Greenfield voters say

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Well, news-hounds, did Tuesday settle anything for you? Obviously, the big stories from this week’s Greenfield’s Town Election were the victories of Penny Ricketts and Isaac Mass, two some would say rabidly pro-growth voices to replace dyed-in-the-wool smart-growthers David Singer, who did not run for re-election to the … 0

Perschel/My Turn: Healthy forests, healthy towns

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

On May 15, the Supreme Judicial Court of the commonwealth upheld what has been standard practice for 150 years — that property owned by charities for their charitable purposes is tax exempt. Conservation charities — otherwise known as land trusts — have been treated just like other charities … 0

Charney/My Turn: Oh, that ‘aging’ thing

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I promised myself that I would not write about it anymore — no more dwelling on those “aging” things. “Enough,” I told myself. “Just get on with it,” I said, trying to channel my stoical mother. I would not even mention the times — yes, times in the … 0

Amyot/My Turn: Pipeline politics

Monday, June 9, 2014

When I read that local unions are hoping that the area will welcome the gas pipeline that is being proposed by Kinder Morgan in the hope that the project would provide temporary jobs, I shuddered. As someone whose family has experienced joblessness several times and, once, for a … 2

Blagg: Nightmare just beginning

Sunday, June 8, 2014

It was interesting, and sobering, to watch the various memorials to the D-Day landings on Normandy back in June of 1944. Dignitaries went to ceremonies honoring the dead and soldiers of different nations who had participated were asked, … 0

Kurkoski/My Turn: Pipeline not an answer

Friday, June 6, 2014

For more than eight years, I have been an active member of the Warwick Buildings & Energy Committee and the North Quabbin Energy group. Most of our projects have centered on defining and addressing the areas where energy is being needlessly wasted, and we’ve achieved noteworthy results so … 0

Forgey/My Turn: These candidates can make a difference

Thursday, June 5, 2014

As Greenfield gets closer to going to the polls on Tuesday, I would like to voice my support for these three candidates for Town Council. Precinct 5 Every so often a candidate comes along that demands the attention of the citizens. In Precinct 5 … it’s Penny Ricketts! … 0

In the Arena: Party poopers

Thursday, June 5, 2014

As a political columnist, there are few things that excite me more than having one of my theories proven, which the Greenfield Democratic Town Committee did in spades this past week. As I was putting the finishing touches on last week’s piece detailing the growing split between old-guard … 1

McIver/My Turn: He's behind a different environment in Greenfield

Thursday, June 5, 2014

I am writing this My Turn in support of Mark Wisnewski for Greenfield town councilor at large. An important change that Mark initiated has made a big difference in the accessibility of the Town Council meetings to the public. He changed the previous policy that didn’t allow the … 0