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Mark/My Turn: Keeping college affordable

Friday, January 30, 2015

The inability to afford a college education should never stand in the way of a promising student’s success. I remember it like it was yesterday, I had made the decision not to return to college in the fall, and I was wondering where my life would end up. I was a student at UMass, but I realized I couldn’t afford to be there … 0

In the Arena: Key help wanted post

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Now that the “storm of the century” is behind us, Greenfield’s mayor plans to turn his attention to finding a replacement for Economic Development Director Bob Pyers, who officially leaves the job Monday. “That’s something I’m going to have to tackle beginning this week,” Martin said. “We’ve got a lot of things going on and we need someone in that job, maybe even … 0

Browning/My Turn: The right shoe

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I recently conducted a shoe-c utting party for the charity, Sole Hope, at the Greenfield Public library. I was so inspired that I am thinking of hosting another event in February. Let me share: From the time I was a little girl, shoes have always played an important role in my life (I … 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

Johnson/My Turn: Our energy future

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The announcement of a close to 30 percent increase in electricity rates by WMECO and National Grid is to be expected, as the fallout from the closing of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant becomes real. This attitude of being … 0

Swinerton/My Turn: Playing pure politics

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Looking at President Obama the other evening as he gave his speech, one could not help feel a bit of sadness. He was the hope of so many and has disappointed so many. For example, those who watch … 0

Neilson/My Turn: Marginalizing candidates

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

In the Nov. 5 Recorder, 11.08 percent of the Franklin County gubernatorial vote going to third-party and write-in candidates vanished. It was reported as 62.4 percent for Coakley to 37.6 percent for Baker equals 100 percent of the vote. In Greenfield, 13.5 percent of the gubernatorial vote went … 0

Elan/My Turn: No way to hold a meeting

Monday, December 1, 2014

As a citizen of Montague, a landlord who owns rental property in Greenfield and, most important, as an avid, vocal supporter of local business and industry, I was shocked to learn that the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce (FCCC) organized and is sponsoring a presentation slated for today … 0

Blagg: Will Putin get his way?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Oh boy, here we go again! Vladimir Putin, Russia’s thuggish leader, seems determined to bring back the bad old days of the Cold War. He’s furiously rattling his saber at the rest of the world, unveiling new nuclear … 0

In the Arena: Leaving a sour taste

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I’m sure that a number of Beacon Hill Democrats will miss having one of their own in the corner office, but I’m not sure they will all be heart-broken to see Deval Patrick exit stage left — or, far-left, depending on your perspective. Steve Kulik, state representative for … 0