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Newlin/My Turn: Carefully worded proposal

Friday, October 31, 2014

For the past three years, the Whately Municipal Building Committee has been trying to come up with a solution to two problems. The first concerns our town offices. They are split up between different buildings making communications between various departments inefficient. They are not legally accessible and there are no handicap-accessible restrooms; they lack adequate storage space and are in very poor physical … 0

In the Arena: Subdued party crowd

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It was a little after 7 when I pulled open the door at Greenfield’s Ocean Grille, prepared to break my own not-exactly-hard-and-fast rule about refusing to attend party fundraisers the week before a state election. I couldn’t resist because this was being billed a both a fundraiser for unopposed 2nd Berkshire Rep. Paul Mark, who always throws a good party, and a Democratic … 0

Carolan/My Turn: Witness to the horror

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It’s a warm fall night. The stars are twinkling, the moon hangs low. We are seated on a trailer pulled by a farm tractor, bumping along a deeply rutted road into a broad cornfield along the Connecticut River. There are 16 of us — a portion of the hundreds of patrons who have visited this Halloween interactive entertainment venue over the last few … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Policy of innovation

Friday, September 12, 2014

There has been much discussion on a superficial level as to what is the foreign policy of the Obama administration. The most generous minded describe it as cautious and as very reluctant to send in the troops. The … 0

In the Arena: A mess with diapers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Who knew raising awareness about donating disposable diapers to poor families would be such a controversial issue? Actually, it wasn’t — until Montague Selectman Mike Nelson spoke up against a proclamation declaring Sept. 8-14 “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in Montague. “While I respect and applaud you for your … 0

McIver/My Turn: Our health care direction

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In 2011, the governor’s office signed into law Sections 21-23 of Chapter 32B. These sections became known as the Municipal Health Reform Act. That same year, Mayor William Martin approached the Town Council and requested adoption of these sections in order to control rising health insurance costs. Town … 0

Moss/My Turn: Restoring a critical balance

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Welcome to the Third World! In imperialism’s heyday, we colonized other countries, other peoples, to plunder their riches for our enjoyment. Today, corporations colonize us. It’s called privatizing profits and socializing costs. For a fictionalized view of what it’s like to live under corporate hegemony, turn to Ishmael … 1

Culleny: Justice only for some

Monday, September 8, 2014

There’s are good and prudent reasons not to have armies policing citizens; they have to do with issues of function and mental attitude. A police force is established to protect citizens against lawbreakers, armies are created to fight … 0

Blagg:McKinley's assassination shocks the nation

Sunday, September 7, 2014

One hundred and thirteen years ago, on Sept. 6, 1901, at about 4 in the afternoon, President William McKinley was shot at point-blank range by an anarchist, Leon Czolgosz. McKinley was shaking hands at a reception at the … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: Acting on hunger

Friday, September 5, 2014

September is national Hunger Action Month. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the entire Feeding America nationwide network of 200-plus food banks have joined forces to raise awareness to fight hunger. Everyone has a unique opportunity to take action this month and make a difference in your … 0

In the Arena: ‘Unenrolled’ hold the key

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Massachusetts may not be quite as “blue” as we think it is and that may be good news for local candidates looking to take out a pair of entrenched incumbents this fall. According to numbers released this week by Secretary of State Bill Galvin, just over 35 percent … 1

Youngblood/My Turn: An energy education

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

At the Boston Common on July 30, anti-pipeline rallyers enthusiastically agreed that we must all “Say Yes: to a Fix-It-First pipeline policy”; to new storage tanks (not pipelines across green fields) for meeting peak energy demands; to jobs and job training for the future; to a level-playing field … 0

Kelly/My Turn: Join the protest

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Consider signing up on the bus and going to New York City on Sept. 21. This is the date of a giant protest March at the United Nations, calling for leadership and more powerful policies to address climate change. With your support, this is likely to be one … 0