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Hynes/My Turn: Refusing to play the victim

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Paris Peace Accords were signed on Jan. 27, 1973, making possible a re-united Vietnam. The peace accords ended eight years of the American War (as it is known to the Vietnamese) and two prior decades of covert warfare against this small, agrarian Asian country. For much of the American public, the war was a bitterly divisive issue to put behind them. With … 0

Blagg: Making a safer world

Sunday, January 25, 2015

So what are we going to do? In the wake of the past few years’ continuing assaults by groups or individuals claiming to represent Islam — and the apparent ease with which they pick “soft targets” around the world — what steps can the rest of us take? How can we make our … 0

Kurland/My Turn: Revising the foundation budget

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dear Ms. Williamson, Sen. Chang-Diaz and members of the Massachusetts Foundation Budget Review Commission: Thank you for conducting hearings about revising the formula for the foundation budget calculations. I would like to expand upon the testimony I gave at the hearing in Northampton. Our goal is to provide excellent, not just adequate, education for every child in the commonwealth, whether that child is … 0

Blagg: Detrimental to democracy

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Democracies aren’t particularly good at reacting to sudden threats — they tend to overreact, exhibiting signs of paranoia and even hysteria in the aftermath of an unexpected attack or crisis. And in that period immediately following the event, … 0

Bos/My Turn: Capitol Christmas

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the House Tea party conservatives continued to grouse About immigrants for which they had not a care, Nor Obama’s executive order which caused them despair. Republicans were nestled all snug … 0

Brown/My Turn: Brotherly invitation

Friday, December 12, 2014

Having grown up Jewish in New York City, I never dreamed in a million years to find myself marching in a procession under a starlit New Mexican sky toward a triple crucifix, one illuminated by bonfires and accompanied by a crowd of Hispanic men who belonged to an … 1

In the Arena: She loved Greenfield

Thursday, December 11, 2014

She loved Greenfield more than the town sometimes loved itself. Those were the words that kept running through my mind this week as I tried to conjure up a fitting epitaph for former Greenfield Town Councilor Barbara Tillmanns, who passed away Sunday at the age of 72. “Barbara … 1

Wedegartner/My Turn: Part of the pain solution

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Like many people, I am very concerned with the endemic rise in opioid abuse in our communities. As a health care professional, I am doubly concerned when I hear that many in the health care professions bear some responsibility for the increase in addictions. However, a bright light … 0

Clarke/My Turn: Oh that liberal media bias

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

“Clark — that’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year …” — “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” I like to think of the liberal media as my own personal jelly-of-the-month club. Give, they do. The tragedy in … 0

Charney/My Turn: Brooding at home

Monday, December 8, 2014

“Soup,” my husband proposes. “Not soup, no way,” I counter. We are discussing the fate of our “old girls,” with winter ahead and chickens, who are no longer in the business of laying eggs, but in need of grain and daily upkeep. We started with 12. Three years … 0

Blagg: An ugly, sad reminder

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ugly, sad memories. The riots — and that’s what they were, not “protests” — in Ferguson, Mo., brought back things I’d rather forget ... 1968, for example, a week or two after Martin Luther King was murdered. Watching … 0

Smith/My Turn: Stocking stumper

Friday, December 5, 2014

It has been a good many years now of stocking stuffing and Santa and I seem finally to have our reindeer in a row. But this year, there’s a new twist, an expansion. This year, there will be … 0

In the Arena: Resistant to change

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Greenfield taxpayers can nestle all snug in their beds this holiday season safe in the knowledge that the collective bargaining rights of public employees remain alive and well in their fair city. In what was clearly the most informative debate yet on the topic, the Greenfield Town Council … 0