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In the Arena: Let’s lose the label

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The “old boy network.” It’s a term which has historically been thrown around a lot in Greenfield politics, but perhaps no more so than in this year’s race for Greenfield mayor, where the growing divide between the town’s “natives” and its “newcomers” seemed wider than ever. And at least one resident returning to elected office believes it’s a label that needs to go. … 0

Cudnohufsky and Andrew/My Turn: Industrial wind an ill wind

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

When intelligent, value-centered fellow citizens, including good and gifted friends, continue to publicly promote industrial wind as a viable, green alternative energy source, we are disheartened. If one is willing to examine mounting evidence and well-researched analysis, industrial wind turbines simply cannot be justified. One example, the United Kingdom has announced spending billions of dollars on thousands of diesel generators critical to backing … 0

Garbus/My Turn: Our county’s charter school

Monday, November 23, 2015

As a Greenfield resident and principal of the Four Rivers Charter Public School, I’m hoping to clarify some issues related to public charter schools in a way that assumes the best intent of all involved, even though opinions might differ. A number of things reportedly said at a recent Greenfield School Committee meeting (“Board backs hold on new charter schools,” Recorder Nov. 13) … 0

Bos/My Turn: Our state of war

Sunday, September 20, 2015

During World War I, civilians made up fewer than 5 percent of all casualties. Today, 75 percent or more of those killed or wounded in wars are noncombatants. And various websites concur that there are over 25 “wars” … 0

Clancy/My Turn: Pipeline all about profits

Friday, September 18, 2015

Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. and Berkshire Gas have managed to convince some Massachusetts citizens that the proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Project is a good thing and the pipeline should be built. Their arguments are it will create jobs, lower utility rates and bring new businesses to … 1

In the Arena: On board with schools

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Somewhat lost in the histrionics of last week’s Greenfield School Committee meeting was the appointment of a new board member. Greenfield native Douglas Mayo was the lone applicant to serve out the unexpired term of Jeff Comenitz, who died recently after a brief bout with cancer. It’s the … 0

Doerner/My Turn: A new page with Iran?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

In its waning time in office — working with China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom — the Obama administration has engaged in a fruitful effort to avoid yet another U.S. war in the Middle East. The … 0

Aksamit and Devlin/My Turn: Caring for our common house

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

In honor of the much-anticipated visit of Pope Francis to the United States on Sept. 22-27, Our Lady of Peace Church and the Sacred Earth Committee of the Interfaith Council of Franklin County are sponsoring a presentation and discussion of Francis’ recent teaching document or encyclical on the … 2

Madison/My Turn: Why it’s ‘Black Lives Matter’

Monday, September 14, 2015

I think, fondly, of all the white children I’ve coached and taught in Northampton and Amherst schools for many years. I remember caring for my students as if they were my own children that my wife and I raised in our predominantly white community. I have maintained many … 1

Weiskel/My Turn: Forward-looking jobs

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Jobs vs. Pipeline: Where did this antagonistic notion come from? Whose interests are served by making union workers and pipeline opponents appear to be adversaries? I’ve joined the huge and fast-expanding group of regional residents opposed to this particular Kinder Morgan pipeline, and I don’t know anyone who … 0

Donnelly/My Turn: Tragic US policy failure

Friday, September 11, 2015

It is now undeniable that the “Arab Spring,” championed by neoconservatives and led by the U.S., has created a winter of chaos. Massive U.S. military power left broken states, shattered societies and death. In Iraq alone, as Mideast … 0

In the Arena: Not leaving without a fight

Thursday, September 10, 2015

I’ll admit it: I’m going to miss having Maryelen Calderwood on the Greenfield School Committee. I know that may shock some people, because we’ve had our differences, but it’s simply not going to be the same without “Lord Caldermort” holding the gavel on the first Wednesday of every … 0

Boston/My Turn: Planet over convenience

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Bud Foster is right, those single-use plastic bags sure do have lots of uses we have all gotten used to. And yes, Isaac is right, it would be good if we could all count on people to make good choices so we would not have to pass laws … 0