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Tillberg/My Turn: I’m game for turning debate into tourney

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Republicans are in a bind, what with 16 presidential aspirants trying desperately to squeeze onto one debate stage. The organizer for the first debate has sought to manage the affair by arbitrarily selecting the “top ten” candidates based somehow on polling. Of course, 10 is an arbitrary number (why not nine, or 11?) and polls (which polls, how current, how standardized?) with … 0

In the Arena: Keep an eye on this Town Council race

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The stage is set for Greenfield’s fall electoral juggernaut and the number of potential angles to pursue between now and November has your faithful reporter almost giddy with anticipation. Ordinarily, the most interesting race would be for mayor, but with all due respect to incumbent Bill Martin and challenger Patty Morey Walker, that’s not the case this year. To me, the marquee race … 0

Brewster/My Turn: To our rescue

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Although the news reports about the woman and child stranded on Mount Sugarloaf kindly kept us anonymous, I wanted to publicly thank the people who rescued my 4-year-old son and me on a recent Wednesday night. We’re not experienced hikers, but after walking the paved road up for a picnic dinner with a stunning view of our beautiful valley, we decided to hike … 0

Simms/My Turn: Our climate reality

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On April 28, Cardinal Peter Turkson, released the following statement, “In our recklessness, we are traversing some of the planet’s most fundamental natural boundaries, and the lesson from the Garden of Eden still rings true today: pride, hubris, … 1

Swinerton/My Turn: Here come the Clintons

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I agree with a recent letter suggesting that John Kasich from Ohio would be a very qualified candidate for president. He has experience both in Congress and as a governor. In a nationwide election, he’s from the all … 0

Hynes/My Turn: War’s many victims

Sunday, May 24, 2015

May closes with Memorial Day, also called Decoration Day for the tradition of placing and planting flowers at the graves of war veterans. Freed slaves began this tradition, gathering on May 1, 1865, in Charleston, Va., to commemorate … 1

Healey/My Turn: Wrong direction with our forestry assets

Sunday, May 24, 2015

If you head south in western Massachusetts on Interstate 91, every day, all day long, you will see hundreds of trucks filled with local logs going north, many to Canada and some to Europe and China. The trucks take thousands of jobs and economic opportunities for rural Massachusetts … 0

Wilson/My Turn: To build a fire

Sunday, May 24, 2015

What to do to honor the Earth? Burn brush. Why? According to my aesthetic, I like the woods around our house to be open and clear, like a park, but branches fall down every winter and picking them up takes quite a while. Sometimes trees fall and I … 0

In the Arena: Election night disappointment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The only thing missing from Montague Town Hall on Monday night was a boom box playing a continuous loop of “Garden Party” by the late Ricky Nelson. Just as Nelson was booed out of Madison Square Garden on that fateful night in 1971, Montague Selectman Mark Fairbrother has … 0

Newman/My Turn: Wedding hopes in the wings

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

No one at the rally on Main Street outside Northampton City Hall on the evening of Nov. 18, 2003, will forget that celebration. People hugged and cheered. Balloons floated. Signs were hoisted. Rainbow flags were waived. And Rachel Maddow spoke. Earlier that day, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court … 0

Benzaia/My Turn: Preschool plans create questions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As someone who has been working in the field of early education for nearly 20 years, no one has to convince me of the importance of a quality early-learning experience for a child. The Girls Club of Greenfield and its branches, Valley Play School and Camp Lion Knoll, … 0

Grant/My Turn: Martin Luther’s story

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

“Whatever you’ve seen in the movies and pictures, Martin Luther probably didn’t nail his ‘95 theses’ onto a church door in Wittenberg.” That’s a quote from the “Conflict to Communion” story in the May 2 Recorder. The door in question was the entry of Wittenberg Castle (Catholic) Church; … 0

Keith/My Turn: Played by the pipeline

Monday, May 18, 2015

As we have heard, Berkshire Gas spokesman Christopher Farrell is frustrated with pipeline opponents. To be fair, of all the local distribution companies in Massachusetts, Berkshire may have the most to gain from Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Direct (NED) Project. Berkshire Gas currently depends on Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas … 0