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Provost/My Turn: GCC’s tangible impact

Friday, May 1, 2015

I am a proud lifelong resident of Franklin County and a co-owner of Mowry & Schmidt, Inc., a family-run general contracting business in Greenfield that has employed and helped build the residences and businesses of our community for nearly 70 years. As owners, we run our business as its founders intended — as a solid local company that provides good jobs for good … 0

In the Arena: School budget battles

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It’s looking like a tough year for school budgets. Then again, I can rarely recall a year when there wasn’t some sort of political battle related to educational funding. But this seems to be an especially difficult budget cycle in a number of communities, as the cost of funding schools continues to outstrip what town officials say they can afford. Here are two … 0

Bordner/My Turn: Show up and vote at town meeting

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It is town meeting time again and the taxpayers of towns must struggle with the commitment of their time to go and vote their conscience. Truly boorish events, no one enjoys the wrangling and false agendas put forth at town meetings. Some are truly afraid to vote or to offend their neighbor’s zealous positions. Others just simply don’t care. Apathy is stronger than … 0

Wyatt/My Turn: In Warwick, we’ve got answers on broadband project

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I am writing in reply to “Costly cable venture,” the March 20 letter to the editor regarding the Fiber-To-The-Home project that will be coming before the Warwick annual Town Meeting this May. The Warwick Broadband Committee has been meeting regularly and is working hard to answer all the … 0

Culleny: Holy high rollers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Although Americans have a prevalent national faith, Christianity, we have another faith at least equally as fervent: Capitalism. In America, both are mythic and fundamental, which means they’re bound to our psyches like barnacles and cannot easily be … 0

Hollins/My Turn: New law hits sour note

Monday, March 23, 2015

Musical instrument sterilization became education law when signed by our governor on Jan. 7, 2015 (Chapter 71, Section 55D). What’s next in this constant stream of school laws? Sanitizing for bacteria on children’s shoes? Reading up, I found four arguments opposing this new law: 1. In the history … 0

Blagg: Wrapping up as Recorder Editor with goodbye

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Back in the fall of 1986, I was seven years in as Editor of The Central Maine Morning Sentinel in Waterville, Maine, and was pretty pleased with the result. The Sentinel had won just about every award possible — aside from a Pulitzer — and more importantly was … 0

Bos/My Turn: The value of uncertainty

Friday, March 20, 2015

I have a friend in the men’s support group at Cancer Connection in Northampton who has been absent from our weekly meetings for a while. He recently rejoined us. I asked him to bring us all up to date with his cancer therapy treatments, which has primarily been … 0

In the Arena: Tobacco fight still smoldering

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Greenfield Board of Health may not have the last word when it comes to a series of proposed new tobacco regulations. The board last week voted to impose the regulations, which raises the minimum tobacco sales age from 18 to 21 while also banning the sale of … 0

Greist/My Turn: Celebrating the doughnut

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Over the years, I have watched the dramatic ebb and flow of our downtown business community. My own efforts in that arena have also seen good times and bad. On its very darkest days: vacant storefronts, hope dwindling, owners broke, desperate, depressed and sometimes, even, understandably, drunk or … 0

Blanker/My Turn: Taking the train: All aboard

Monday, March 16, 2015

There I was, standing on the somewhat abbreviated platform at the Greenfield train stop watching as the sleek Amtrak train approached. I was actually going to board a train, The Vermonter, in Greenfield and depart it in New York, N.Y. The last time I had gotten on a … 1

Blagg: Oh, the stories I can tell

Sunday, March 15, 2015

One of the great things about working as a newspaperman is the entrée it gives you into people, places and experiences the average person normally never gets to see. I’ve talked to presidents, senators, governors and just plain … 0

In the Arena: Rosenberg using his pulpit

Thursday, March 12, 2015

It’s not taking long for new state Senate President Stan Rosenberg to exert his authority on Beacon Hill. The latest example came this past week, when Rosenberg made it clear that a committee looking to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston can expect no financial help from … 0