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In the Arena: Thanks!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This may seem hard to believe, but this week marks the 15th year I’ve been writing this column. During that time, a lot of political water has gone under the bridge, some dirtier than I’d care to admit. And I’ve been pretty blunt, at times, in my efforts, as the columnist’s creed goes, “to give comfort to the afflicted while afflicting the comfortable.” … 0

Hynes and Crowe/My Turn: ‘Christmas Truce’ signified truth

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By H. PATRICIA HYNES and FRANCES CROWE Along the western front of World War I lie miles of cemeteries for British, Scottish, Belgian, French and other soldiers killed in the war. In a lone, out-of-the way plot in this land of teenage war dead, a large cross and a dozen small ones honor … 1

Blagg: Detrimental to democracy

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Democracies aren’t particularly good at reacting to sudden threats — they tend to overreact, exhibiting signs of paranoia and even hysteria in the aftermath of an unexpected attack or crisis. And in that period immediately following the event, there is a tendency to carelessly toss out the basic tenets of the Rule of … 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

In the Arena: Turned off by attack ads

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Not long after taking the oath of office, President John F. Kennedy, an avid consumer of daily newspapers, was asked if he still read as much as he used to, especially given the amount of criticism he received … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: Powerful tool for food donations

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The United States Senate has the opportunity to provide a powerful boost to charitable organizations like The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts working to improve lives and strengthen communities here in western Massachusetts and across the country. In July 2014, the House of Representatives approved the America Gives … 0

Andrews/My Turn: Making my record clear

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Another week, another misleading attack mailing is sent on behalf of the Republican Party. It appears that after the accuracy of claims presented in its first mailing was quickly discredited, MassFiscal.org is now back at it, with seemingly unlimited financial resources to spend on their partisan political agenda. … 3

Abrahams/My Turn: Do your homework with prostate cancer screening

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In a recent opinion piece, state Rep. Steve Kulik and state Sen. Steve Brewer, both survivors of prostate cancer, issued a passionate and unqualified call for men to be screened for prostate cancer. The fact is, prostate cancer screening is not always a good idea, and the recommendations … 0

Koehn and Friedman/My Turn: Support sick leave initiative

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Right now in Massachusetts, almost 1 million workers cannot take a single day of paid sick time to visit the doctor or take care of a sick child or themselves. In November, we can change this by voting “Yes” on Question 4, which would guarantee access to earned … 0

Green/My Turn: So you’ll know the score

Monday, October 20, 2014

My name is Rick Green and I am the chairman of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, also known as MassFiscal or MFA. MassFiscal is a grassroots organization of over 350 Massachusetts businesspeople, including Democrats, Independents and Republicans. In early August, we began to educate voters by sending direct mail … 0