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Mark/My Turn: Pardon Leonard Peltier

Friday, February 5, 2016

Leonard Peltier has been confined in prison for more than 40 years. He was charged with the shooting-death of two FBI agents, Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, in the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. However, the facts around his case show a dismal miscarriage of justice. It looks like the only way Leonard Peltier will be free to go home to friends and … 2

In the Arena: New bridge between schools and council

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Valentine’s Day is next weekend, but that didn’t stop Greenfield’s newest School Committee chairman from throwing a few bouquets in the direction of the new Town Council at its most recent meeting. Tim Farrell struck an exceedingly conciliatory tone, making it clear that the “town side” of government will have an easier time dealing with him than the committee’s previous leadership. “There’s a … 0

Hynes/My Turn: A citizen of the world

Friday, January 29, 2016

Donald Trump’s odious, ugly American pledge to prohibit Muslims from entering our country stirred long-cherished memories of my Muslim and Arab students and friends. I am looking at two small cream-colored pillows nestled into corners of our living room chairs. They are embossed with arabesque designs on their borders; and silver filigree threading … 0

Longe/Letters from inside: We are not monsters nor animals

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Since I was a child I have suffered from depression and addiction. Twenty years of drug abuse have worn on me in ways I never would have imagined. No one told me when I first picked up that … 0

Perry/Letters from inside: ‘Jail became the new norm for me’

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

As I sit on the edge of my rack, head in hands, bare feet on cold floor, there’s a sour taste in my mouth from more than a decade of allowing the disease of addiction to rule my … 0

Aviles/Letters from inside: Don't be too quick to judge

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

When I was a year old, my family moved from Puerto Rico to Chicago. Growing up I didn’t really have a relationship with my father, but I looked up to my uncle, who was a well-respected and longtime … 0

Williamson/Letters from inside: Angry at myself and others

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

April Fools’ Day 2016 has a special meaning for me. It will be the day I am released from the Franklin County Jail after serving 23 months. The charge was assault and battery with a dangerous weapon resulting … 0

Kuntz/From the Inside: Rebuilding my life

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sometimes I think about growing up with a crew of pretty hard-core guys and all our crazy brilliant exploits. On the South Shore we lived the salt life with a deep respect for the ocean, surfing in the … 0

Scrip for tax avoidance

Sunday, November 29, 2015

You’ve got to hand it to pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc.: It’s managing to make Americans resent drug companies even more than they already did. The maker of Viagra and Lipitor is the latest to announce a merger that’s … 1

Richardson/My Turn: Unpersuasive on pipeline

Sunday, November 29, 2015

An open letter to Kinder Morgan, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.: For the third time I have received a request to grant permission to survey our property. The deed for our land which is impacted by your proposed Northeast … 5

Hynes/My Turn: Climate change strategies

Friday, November 27, 2015

October 2015 shattered global warming records not only as the world’s warmest October on record but also because it was warmer by an unprecedented increase compared to past years. October signaled another signpost along the ominous global warming … 2

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 … 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 … 3