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Blagg: Walking the blue line

Sunday, December 28, 2014

I come from a family of cops. My grandfather was, at one time, deputy warden of the Missouri State Penitentiary, my father was an Air Force provost marshal, one ex-brother-in-law was an investigator with the OSI (the Air Force’s version of NCIS) and another ex-brother-in-law was a captain in the Dover (Del.) Police … 0

Charney/My Turn: My month of memorial

Friday, December 26, 2014

“All we ask is to be able to be the writers of our own story.” — Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal” My only and beloved brother died in the month of December. Mixed in with weather events and holiday plans, December has become my time of memorial. Each day thoughts of him emerge, some that amuse and warm, some that make me unutterably sad. … 0

In the Arena: No rubber stamp here

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Anyone who came out of the most recent Greenfield elections automatically thinking that Isaac Mass and Penny Ricketts were going to be in the tank for Bill Martin should stop by GCTV and take a look at the videotape of the most recent Town Council meeting. Fortunately, the mayor was out of the country at the time, but his ears must have been … 0

Charney/My Turn: Coloring my fall

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

It started with yellow jackets. Swarms appeared in our house a few weeks ago, massing against windowpanes. They were drowsy, languid creatures bent only on the light, so easy to swat. One after the other, they fell, corpses to be removed with dustpan and brush. I found I … 0

Brown/My Turn: Men and war on my mind

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Every day, another veteran from World War II passes away. Those who fought in the Korean War are not far behind. That leaves the Vietnam War as the next group to commemorate as its veterans, too, get long in the tooth. For many of us reading this, Vietnam … 0

Bos/My Turn: Selling a way of thinking

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

In 1949, George Orwell published his prescient novel “1984,” which was set in a time of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation, dictated by a political system governed by a privileged party of the elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as “thought crimes.” Some … 0

Aksamit and Mareneck/My Turn: It takes a community

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Recorder is to be highly commended for its series on domestic violence. In an age of cheap tabloid sensationalism and disregard for the facts, it is refreshing to read about the crisis of domestic violence, the price paid by its victims and the impact on society when … 0

Boston/My Turn: Let’s get hooked to solar

Monday, November 3, 2014

I own a home that is heated with oil. I wanted to find a way to reduce my dependence on energy generated by gas, coal, oil or nuclear power in order to do my part to lower the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) that is causing climate … 0

Blagg: What we have to fear

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fear is very useful and without it, humans would be lost. After all, back in the days when we were all wandering around the planet scavenging for food in the form of nuts, berries, various edible tubers and … 0

Newlin/My Turn: Carefully worded proposal

Friday, October 31, 2014

For the past three years, the Whately Municipal Building Committee has been trying to come up with a solution to two problems. The first concerns our town offices. They are split up between different buildings making communications between various departments inefficient. They are not legally accessible and there … 0

In the Arena: Subdued party crowd

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It was a little after 7 when I pulled open the door at Greenfield’s Ocean Grille, prepared to break my own not-exactly-hard-and-fast rule about refusing to attend party fundraisers the week before a state election. I couldn’t resist because this was being billed a both a fundraiser for … 0

Carolan/My Turn: Witness to the horror

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It’s a warm fall night. The stars are twinkling, the moon hangs low. We are seated on a trailer pulled by a farm tractor, bumping along a deeply rutted road into a broad cornfield along the Connecticut River. There are 16 of us — a portion of the … 0

Blagg: Canadians provide lesson

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Last week, a man walked up to a Canadian soldier — Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders — and shot him in the back as he was standing guard at the Canadian War Memorial in … 0