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In the Arena: Sharing thoughts

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Nobody asked me but ... Greenfield Deputy Police Chief Mark Williams? Wow. I didn’t see that one coming. ∎ Sign of the times — Greenfield schools will have a truancy officer this year. An unfortunate, but necessary move. ∎ It looks like the Greenfield School Committee has decided to take a pass on the whole MCAS vs. PARCC issue. Pity they couldn’t have done the … 0

Keith/My Turn: Different calculations

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In chiding us to “Do some energy math” (My Turn, July 24), James Bates miscalculates. Above all, he assumes a zero sum. “If you are anti-CO2, anti-nuclear, anti-methane, then you must be for darkness.” No one who exhales is anti-CO2, but some of us are concerned that selfishly dumping huge volumes of CO2 … 1

Warren: We can do better

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Massachusetts has distinguished itself as a state with a strong and enduring commitment to environmental conservation, a commitment evidenced in the wetlands, forests, waters, and state and private conservation lands that run from our coastline to the Berkshires. The commonwealth is also a leader in developing clean energy and promoting energy efficiency. In … 0

Blagg: Ivory ban enforcement hits sour note

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The other day, poachers used a poison arrow to kill Satao, one of Kenya’s most adored elephants. They then hacked off his 61/ 2-foot-long tusks and carried them off to sell for their ivory, reaping a large reward … 1

In the Arena: Playing hardball with the MIAA

Thursday, June 26, 2014

If anyone is looking for a spare photo of 2nd Hampshire state Rep. John Scibak, you might want to check the dartboards in the executive offices of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. Scibak isn’t too popular with that organization these days, mostly because he had the audacity to … 1

Gijanto/My Turn: Six years very well spent

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

From the moment my wife and I first arrived in Franklin County, I had a strong sense of the community spirit here. And my impression only grew stronger as I met the people I would be working with at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, in the Baystate Medical Practices, … 0

Pura/My Turn: Our greatest treasure

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Editor’s note: The following were part of Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura’s remarks at graduation this year. I first discovered “The Greatest Treasure” a short essay written by Catherine Ingram about 15 years ago. It is the story of a young man who grew up in poverty … 0

Brown/My Turn: Think outside the box

Monday, June 23, 2014

The day after we arrived in Taos, N.M., Lisa and I went shopping at the local Walmart. It was not something we wanted to do. We were renting a partially furnished house and our moving truck was two … 0

Blagg: Still searching for Earhart

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Most people have heard of Amelia Earhart, even though she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared into thin air 77 years ago over the South Pacific during an attempt to be the first woman to fly around the … 0

Norman/My Turn: Absent voters speak volumes

Friday, June 20, 2014

As someone who has been involved in Greenfield politics for 36 years, every election offers the opportunity for post-mortem comments. Here are my “election bullets:” ∎ The hands-down winner of the June 10 election were the DNVs: the Did Not Votes. ∎ Of Greenfield’s 10,891 registered voters — only 3,163 … 0

In the Arena: His hat stays out of ring

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Now that Greenfield voters have had their say, the focus shifts to who will lead the “new” Town Council. But the one person who won’t be in the running is the senior member of that body. “I thought about it, but I really don’t want to divide the … 0

Cade/My Turn: The Recorder’s ‘ladies’

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Not too long ago, I wrote about the “men” of The Recorder. Today, I’d like to turn my attention to the “women.” Let us first pay homage to Irmarie Jones, the doyenne of all The Recorder ladies who have followed her. She traveled tirelessly to all parts of … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Iraq’s people must choose

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mesopotamia, which much later became Iraq, has a cultural history lasting over 10,000 years. Its fertile crescent is where agriculture first emerges in Europe and Asia. The food surpluses generated by planting cereal crops made possible leisure and … 1