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In the Arena: It gets hot in Montague

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I’ve experienced some tense moments covering local government, but few to rival what occurred at Monday’s Montague selectmen’s meeting. The topic was whether the board would sign a new contract with current cable access television provider, Montague Community Cable Incorporated, or issue a “request for proposals” for a new cable operator, which was the same method they used to edge the Shea board … 0

Cahillane/My Turn: Caught with their pants down

Thursday, March 26, 2015

“PADDY PANTSDOWN!” Is one of my all-time favorite tabloid headlines. It ran in the Sun newspaper when a member of Parliament, Paddy Ashdown, admitted a five-year affair with his secretary. He was afterward knighted then named to the House of Lords as Baron Ashdown of Norton Sub-Hamdon. Ashdown leads the Liberal Democratic party, or Lib-Dems. Somehow his 30-year marriage survived. In U.K. or … 0

Wyatt/My Turn: In Warwick, we’ve got answers on broadband project

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I am writing in reply to “Costly cable venture,” the March 20 letter to the editor regarding the Fiber-To-The-Home project that will be coming before the Warwick annual Town Meeting this May. The Warwick Broadband Committee has been meeting regularly and is working hard to answer all the questions that are coming up. We also have representatives going to frequent meetings of WiredWest, … 0

Seamans/My Turn: Straight shooting on guns

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Joe Schwertz was the riflery instructor for boy shooters at Lincoln Hill Camp. Lincoln Hill was a summer camp for choir boys who sang in Episcopal churches in the eastern part of our state. Tuition was free, and … 1

Housen/My Turn: Why this pipeline makes sense

Monday, February 2, 2015

In early January, most of Massachusetts experienced the coldest temperatures in years, with below-zero temperatures in many parts of the state. Residents and businesses, already reeling from the impact of increased energy prices to heat and light their homes and power their companies, are facing another costly heating … 1

Blagg: Following the cod

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Back when European colonists first began arriving on North American shores, hoping to build viable communities in a land that promised seemingly endless land and opportunity, they were following a fish. Long before anyone thought seriously of living … 0

Nelson/My Turn: Energy use consequences

Monday, February 2, 2015

Each generation has a duty to improve the lives of the next, but as the debate has raged over the location of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline, the impact on the next generation has often been forgotten. Criticism of the proposal has centered on the pipeline’s environmental and … 0

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. … 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 … 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 … 0

Amyot/My Turn: Our drive to reduce plastic use

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Imagine my surprise Friday morning when I read in The Recorder that our group was trying to get a measure passed without following democratic procedures. About a year ago, our group approached the Town Council’s Appointments and Ordinances Committee about the possibility of banning plastic water bottles in … 0

Hynes/My Turn: Refusing to play the victim

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Paris Peace Accords were signed on Jan. 27, 1973, making possible a re-united Vietnam. The peace accords ended eight years of the American War (as it is known to the Vietnamese) and two prior decades of covert warfare against this small, agrarian Asian country. For much of … 0

Blagg: Making a safer world

Sunday, January 25, 2015

So what are we going to do? In the wake of the past few years’ continuing assaults by groups or individuals claiming to represent Islam — and the apparent ease with which they pick “soft targets” around the … 0