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Culleny: The fire in the brain

Friday, April 24, 2015

When I commented on two online photos that compared youth activities in the 1970s (guitar playing/singing) to those today (screen viewing/texting), I got in trouble with a younger friend who accused me of judging the first to be superior to the second. He said he was tired of older people whining about how it is now compared to how it was. He had … 0

Woolner/My Turn: My choice to protest

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

“You should be ashamed of yourself.” “Thanks for doing this.” These disparate comments came from two different white police officers just before I was arrested for refusing to move while obstructing traffic during a peaceful demonstration on Tuesday, April 14, at the “X” in Springfield. Why was I being shamed and thanked? National … 0

Norman/My Turn: Lesson in uncivil discourse

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A collection of Greenfield residents from several precincts recently attended an evening meeting of a Town Council subcommittee regarding a draft zoning ordinance on the relatively obscure topic of “accessory dwelling units.” What motivated these neighbors to speak out on this issue? The answer is simple: they came to protect the value of their largest single investment — their home. They also gathered … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: Committed to feeding our neighbors

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

At The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, our mission is to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger. Since 1982, we have been providing emergency food to tens of thousands of food-insecure individuals every year, through our member agencies (including local food pantries, … 0

Bos/My Turn: Climate, Bible studies

Monday, March 2, 2015

“As long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night” — so sayeth the new chair of the U.S. Environment and Public Works Committee paraphrasing Genesis … 0

Blagg: He embraced the cold

Sunday, March 1, 2015

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way, over the Dawson trail. Talk of your cold! through the parka’s fold it stabbed like a driven nail. If our eyes we’d close, then the lashes froze till sometimes … 0

In the Arena: Catching up with Warren

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I don’t know if Sen. Elizabeth Warren is going to be a candidate for president, but she sure sounded like it during last week’s visit to Greenfield Community College. “There was a time when our government viewed helping people pay for college as an investment,” Warren said during … 0

Gran/My Turn: Hot under the blanket

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

“It’s now official, 2014 was the warmest year on record.” Most of you have probably heard this by now. Those who understand the reality of global warming will not be surprised. Those who deny the reality of global … 0

Pick/My Turn: Electricity use and you

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Homeowners, who are understandably shocked and outraged by recent, huge jumps in their electricity bills, have been asking for my professional opinion, as a home-energy consultant, about switching to a cheaper electricity supplier. My reply: “Buyer beware!” While suppliers may offer a discount from current high prices, it’s … 1

Newman/My Turn: His voice needs to be heard

Monday, February 23, 2015

United States government officials arrange for proxy jailers in a foreign country to arrest a man, who is then held incommunicado, interrogated and tortured. Although our government determines that the factual basis for its requested detention was wrong … 0

Blagg: Hot and cold on the mind

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I’ve been thinking a lot about heat recently — for obvious reasons. When I look at the windows of my 1852-vintage home, for example, I’m less likely to dwell on their lovely thin mullion sash windows than I am to consider the enormous amount of heat that I … 1

Wentworth/My Turn: The deteriorating Ukraine

Friday, February 20, 2015

Is Obama’s war in Ukraine going according to plan? Since Prime Minister Angela Merkel of Germany and President Francois Hollande of France flew into Moscow 10 days ago to huddle with President Vladimir Putin in his private office … 0

In the Arena: Leaf out of the pot playbook

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Someday — and that day may come sooner than you think — it will be legal to smoke a “joint,” a marijuana cigarette, while walking down Main Street in Greenfield or any other street in Massachusetts. It’s been … 1