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Mass/My Turn: Staking out my campaign

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My name is Isaac Mass and I want to be Greenfield’s next at-large town councilor. I believe in Greenfield and know it can be a more vibrant and prosperous city. I know if we focus on the priorities of the community, we can make our city grow and our people more satisfied. I believe in a community with a bustling downtown filled with … 0

Charney/My Turn: Strengthening keystones

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

“I’m a turtle grazer,” she says, introducing herself to the small audience who has come to learn about gopher turtles. Her audience titters. “Really,” she says, “that is my title. ” Turtle grazers carry their 10-pound charges to a designated area to absorb sunlight, investigate the grasses, socialize with other turtles and NOT escape. It’s part of their rehabilitation process before a safe … 0

Swetland/My Turn: The state of local politics

Monday, April 21, 2014

I, like probably most Americans, have been disgusted with national partisan debates that have little or nothing to with improving our lot as citizens. At the same time, I am appalled at the bipartisan foreign policy that is a state of permanent war and intervention that, according to international polling, has given this country the reputation as being the biggest threat to world … 0

Culleny: Unenlightenment returns

Monday, February 24, 2014

We’re heading back to square one. Though we’re well into the 21st century, we’re at a point where Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” is reduced to debating Ken Ham, The Non-Science Guy, as to whether the earth is 6,000 or 4.5 billion years old. As you might expect, … 0

Blagg: The screening of history

Sunday, February 23, 2014

John Walsh of British newspaper The Independent had an interesting column the other day on the use of movies, as well as TV, to teach history. It was prompted by a suggestion by an actor, Eddie Redmayne, who is familiar from appearances in “Les Misérables,” “War Horse” and … 0

Brown/My Turn: An evening with Valerie and Joe

Friday, February 21, 2014

It’s rare to meet real people behind the headlines. But a few weeks ago, Valerie Plame and her husband, Joe Wilson, traveled to my new hometown of Taos, N.M., to give a public presentation to a crowd of … 0

In the Arena: Why it’s a big deal

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Some people simply don’t get it. I know that may seem like a blunt way to start off today, but I’m not sure how else to describe what we’ve seen, read and heard in the week since it was revealed that Albert Norman had been allowed to “red-line” … 0

Blasiak/My Turn: An impartial entity

Thursday, February 20, 2014

There probably isn’t anything that so angers the citizens of this country as the perception of special interests controlling the legislative process. The thought that, before they are even passed, laws enacted in this country are presented to powerful interests to be rewritten to accommodate the few over … 0

Pliskin/My Turn: Expanding the plate of food

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

In her letter to The Recorder commenting on Time Magazine’s recent declaration of “The Mindful Revolution,” Marilyn F. Shea wrote “Buddhist’s greatest strength lies in its adaptability to local culture, while Christianity remains firm in its mission to aid the poor and feed the hungry.” Adaptations of the … 0

Pura/My Turn: Re-enlist in war on poverty

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

On Jan. 8, 1964, in his first State of the Union Address as President, Lyndon B. Johnson said, “Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope.” He was talking, of course, about the large number of Americans … 0

Calderwood/My Turn: The Recorder so transparent

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

That was a very, well, stimulating article by Anita Fritz regarding the submission of a rewrite of the proposed wetlands ordinance. Fritz’s article was augmented by an editorial on the same topic. If I read all of this at face value (and who can really take The Recorder … 3

Singer/My Turn: Taking town in different direction

Monday, February 17, 2014

I have read and thought about the articles and editorials written in The Recorder on Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15, concerning the appearance by Al Norman before the Appointments and Ordinance Committee of the Town Council of Feb. 10 to discuss the revised wetland ordinance. First … 0

Norman/My Turn: Exercising my rights as a citizen

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Recorder’s headline, “Norman Rewrites Wetlands Ordinance,” is actually not accurate. It was the Greenfield Conservation Commission that decided to rewrite the ordinance. The first thing I told the ordinance committee is that the wetlands ordinance was not broken, so why fix it? I learned of this by … 0