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In the Arena: Building a reputation

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I no longer live in Greenfield, but if I did, Town Councilor Mark Maloni would get my vote every time. I don’t think I’ve ever said that about any elected town official before, but it’s a claim I make unabashedly, one that was reinforced after seeing and hearing Maloni’s performance at the council’s subcommittee on Economic Development meeting this week regarding Greenfield’s proposed … 0

Newman/My Turn: Fiction that rings too true

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

After almost 40 years as a civil rights attorney, nothing that law enforcement does to shred constitutional guarantees should surprise me. But a recent news report did in fact make me flinch. The Chicago police, America has learned, operate a secret interrogation facility in a nondescript warehouse called Homan Square. Prisoners — both … 0

Kehler/My Turn: Pushing back against war

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Virtually no one likes war. Everyone, everywhere — soldiers and civilians alike — say they oppose war and that war is a horrendous waste of lives and resources. So why do we Americans not only keep engaging in wars, but often initiate them? Usually, the answer is either that our war-making accomplishes important objectives, despite the massive human and material costs, or that … 0

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

Nestel/My Turn: This pipeline’s a problem

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Kinder Morgan pipeline is an issue confronting communities across the state, whether or not the pipeline crosses our own backyards. According to the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, the proposed pipeline would run through at least 148 parcels permanently protected from development by Massachusetts Article 97. The … 0

Brown/My Turn: Malcolm and Martin

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Let’s talk about race. The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X (by the Nation of Islam, not the CIA) might be a good time to revisit the issue, especially in light of recent events in Ferguson, … 0

Reyes/My Turn: Young people and a healthy environment

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Having lived on planet Earth for decades now, I have become increasingly concerned about the ongoing damage to our environment and health caused by our own lifestyle. We continue to lose wild and natural places, and to pollute air, water and soil. As a science educator, I appreciate … 0

Sheehan: Decommissioning Yankee

Monday, February 16, 2015

After slightly more than 42 years of splitting atoms and generating electricity, the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant was permanently shut down on Dec. 29, 2014, when control room operators inserted dozens of neutron-absorbing control rods into the reactor core for the final time. Entergy, the plant’s owner … 0

Blagg: In defense of science

Sunday, February 15, 2015

In my opinion, it’s one of the thorniest problems we have to deal with in the United States — in fact, the world — today ... and I don’t have the foggiest idea of what to do about … 3

In the Arena: Candidate showcase

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The 2015 race for Greenfield mayor is officially underway and I can tell you after sitting through a 15-minute speech announcing her candidacy, I still don’t know a whole lot more about Patty Morey Walker than I did when I walked into the Arts Block last Friday night. … 0