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In the Arena: Deja vu

Thursday, September 18, 2014

History does seem to have a way of repeating itself in local politics. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Montague, where reality is starting to take hold regarding the future — or lack of same — of the Strathmore Paper Company complex. “If something doesn’t happen soon, we’re going to have to take the whole mill down,” Selectman Mark Fairbrother said recently. … 1

Bos/My Turn: Power of the ballot

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I received a goodly number of comments about my “Mayday” column in The Recorder (Aug. 19). In it, I offered the creation of the MaydayUS “super PAC” (https://mayday.us/) as one way to combat the anti-democratic assault on fair elections by the tidal tsunami of conservative cash unleashed by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. With several exceptions there was strong concurrence with my … 0

Cohn/My Turn: Supportive community

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Education and philanthropy are alive and well in Greenfield and Franklin County. Franklin County, being the most impoverished and rural county in the commonwealth, has much to be proud of. Our community has always given generously to endeavors that support our schools, fund education and help our neighbors in need. The Greenfield Education Foundation is five years strong in helping public education in … 0

In the Arena: Back to the drawing board

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Maybe we should start referring to it as the “ordinance that will not die.” Seriously, there are cyborgs in “Terminator” movies that are easier to kill than Greenfield’s proposed noise control ordinance, which was sent back to committee this week after the Town Council voted to sustain Mayor … 0

Bates/My Turn: Do some energy math

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let’s do the math concerning wind and solar energy as they relate to western Massachusetts. First, let me get this out of the way. If you are anti-CO2, anti-nuclear, anti-methane, then you must be for darkness. Because darkness … 2

Charney/My Turn: Brush with 'alligator teeth'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My message machine blinked its red light. It was the first thing I noticed. “Grandma are you OK?” was the message. “I’m worried about you.” I called back immediately, even before I dropped my bags and sat down. … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Russia’s growing appetitie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Putin’s attempt to seize the Ukraine and his successful annexation of Crimea in part was provoked by June 27, the date that the European Union (EU), Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia had set for bringing these countries into a … 0

Coli/My Turn: Hardly a compromise

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is a letter we sent to Rep. Kulik, and Sens. Downing and Dempsey in regard to a bill (H4185) pending in the Legislature. Gentlemen, My wife Norma and I would like to go on record concerning our disappointment with the recent release of H4185 (the so-called “compromise … 0

Blagg: Middle East missiles

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The news from the Middle East just keeps getting worse and worse. Teenagers kidnapped and murdered, young children hit by artillery fire, thousands of rockets being fired at random into neighborhoods and now the Israeli army is making … 2

Gran/My Turn: Climate change denial

Friday, July 18, 2014

Climate change denial represents the views of 3 percent of climate scientists, who deny Earth is warming and we are the cause through our fossil fuel emissions and deforestation. At the same time, such denial dismisses the views, and attempts to destroy the careers, of the 97 percent … 3

Smith/My Turn: Dr. Seuss, is it?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dear Dr. Seuss, First of all, are you really a doctor? Because if you are I have this thing growing on my pinky toe. It’s a little bit crusty and looks kind of like a baby carrot. If one were to grow a sixth toe wouldn’t that happen … 0

In the Arena: Holding a winning hand in pipeline poker?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It appears that state lawmakers have a “constitutional ace” they may be able to play in the ongoing political poker game surrounding a proposed natural gas pipeline across the state, including Franklin County. “Article 97” of the Massachusetts Constitution mandates that any land with a conservation restriction — … 0

Clancy/My Turn: Don’t let pipeline land here

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I am a farmer’s daughter, born and raised in Sunderland, taught to respect the land and to not be wasteful. My brother and I own our family’s land, much of which is under 61A conservation protection. We rent to local farmers. Even though the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline … 0