Mickiwewicz/My Turn: Knowing how to swim

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

As the YMCA in Greenfield’s aquatics director for the past 23 years, I have seen a lot of changes in children over the decades. The majority of children today are pudgier and/or less fit and their average swim skills are very poor; so poor they would not be able to save themselves if they had to swim just 15 feet in deep water. … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Mother Russia

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In the 17th and 18th centuries, Peter I and Catherine the Great, with her well-trained armies, fought a number of wars against the Ottoman Empire. In spite of their numerical inferiority, their troops defeated their rival from the south numerous times and these conflicts resulted in two treaties and in the Russian Empire … 0

Dunlap/My Turn: Untangling opiate abuse

Monday, April 14, 2014

Across Massachusetts, lives are being wasted. State police have recorded nearly 200 deaths from drug overdoses since November, but the actual number could be even higher, as figures from the largest three cities — Boston, Worcester, and Springfield — are not included in the totals. The commonwealth is not alone. The Centers for Disease Control states that death from drug overdose is now … 0

Pura/My Turn: Re-enlist in war on poverty

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

On Jan. 8, 1964, in his first State of the Union Address as President, Lyndon B. Johnson said, “Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope.” He was talking, of course, about the large number of Americans … 0

Calderwood/My Turn: The Recorder so transparent

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

That was a very, well, stimulating article by Anita Fritz regarding the submission of a rewrite of the proposed wetlands ordinance. Fritz’s article was augmented by an editorial on the same topic. If I read all of this at face value (and who can really take The Recorder … 3

Singer/My Turn: Taking town in different direction

Monday, February 17, 2014

I have read and thought about the articles and editorials written in The Recorder on Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15, concerning the appearance by Al Norman before the Appointments and Ordinance Committee of the Town Council of Feb. 10 to discuss the revised wetland ordinance. First … 0

Norman/My Turn: Exercising my rights as a citizen

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Recorder’s headline, “Norman Rewrites Wetlands Ordinance,” is actually not accurate. It was the Greenfield Conservation Commission that decided to rewrite the ordinance. The first thing I told the ordinance committee is that the wetlands ordinance was not broken, so why fix it? I learned of this by … 0

Wisnewski/My Turn: Let’s talk facts, not politics

Monday, February 17, 2014

Shameful or Shameless? I don’t know which way to refer to the political hay The Recorder editors are trying to make out of the recent submission to the Town Council’s Appointments and Ordinance Committee concerning the pending wetlands ordinance. It is obvious they are trying to influence the … 0

Blagg: Caught in a smoke screen

Sunday, February 16, 2014

‘Era of Marijuana Prohibition Officially Over’ in Colorado Going further than Amsterdam’s pot rules, state law now in effect allows for recreational sale of popular drug Surgeon General Sets Tobacco End-Game as Smoking Persists — recent headlines Did … 0

Freund/My Turn: Life on the O-Horizon

Friday, February 14, 2014

I was born in 1984, and as an official Orwell baby, I’m going to take the liberty to call my cohorts and myself the “O” Generation. This is in reference to the O-Horizon, the top layer of soil composition, which is made up mostly of decomposing organic matter … 1

In the Arena: Heavy hand in rewrite

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Those who believe that the current Greenfield Town Council is in Albert Norman’s back pocket got a big piece of ammunition this week. The Greenfield Conservation Commission recently submitted to the council a draft version of a wetlands protection ordinance, which, as is the custom, was forwarded to … 0

Baker/My Turn: Songs for a 4th-grader

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pete Seeger was my fourth-grade teacher in Czechoslovakia. Well, OK. He didn’t actually stand in front of my classroom. But I learned a lot from Pete that year. My brother and I had a little suitcase record player in our basement bedroom. We would slide Pete’s vinyl LP … 0

Kean/My Turn: Could be a costly decision

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

As an admittedly biased observer — I am a recently-elected Hawley assessor who is sympathetic to Hawley’s side in the current Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case involving the local property tax status of the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) — I have to admire the brilliant public relations … 0