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Culleny: Our exceptional mythology

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Our national mythology leads us to believe in our own goodness. We turn to its scriptures when our sense of righteousness needs stiffening. In them we find words like, “We hold these truths to be self-evident …” or “… endowed by our creator …” or “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just … 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, meal sites and shelters) across Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. We are committed to … 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 8:22. “My point is,” Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., said in 2012, “God’s still up … 0

Blixt/My Turn: Leaving me with a smile

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I have no idea what Recorder sports columnist Chip Ainsworth is talking about most of the time. Whatever it is, however, it makes me smile. This is why, although I know nothing about sports, I eagerly follow as Chip leads me through the depravity of UMass hockey, the … 0

Hazard/My Turn: Green energy for Greenfield

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Thank you, Mayor William Martin, Carole Collins, director of Energy and Sustainability, and consultant Paul Gromer of Peregrine Energy — for making it possible for everyone in Greenfield to receive “green electricity” at a price lower than the going Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) price! I know that … 0

Zinan/My Turn: High anxiety

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Anxiety, biologists inform us, is the human evolutionary psyche on super alert to the physical dangers of the prehistoric world. Beware the leopard, tiger and shark. For millions of people, in our relatively physically safe environment, anxiety is the emotional predator. Let’s leap backward to the summer of … 0

Bos/My Turn: Sowing seeds of ‘doubt’

Monday, January 12, 2015

Last January, I swore that I would not write one more essay about the criminal malfeasance of the fossil fuel industry’s strategy to deny the wretched reality of climate change. I stuck to that resolution for most of … 2

Blagg: Ongoing struggle to sway opinion

Sunday, January 11, 2015

In the wake of the awful attack on the Paris office of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly) last week, it’s become apparent that many of those commenting on it are not aware that the killings were … 0

Jablon/My Turn: Value for my tax dollars

Friday, January 9, 2015

For the past 12 years, I have had the grand opportunity to be a resident of Greenfield. On Dec. 30,there was a letter to the editor from Bill Keck bemoaning the residential tax rates in Greenfield. During the time I have lived here, I have heard this complaint … 0

In the Arena: Long-term economic view

Thursday, January 8, 2015

It may seem odd to hold a party to celebrate the removal of $480 million out of the regional economy, but that’s what happened last weekend as opponents of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant came together to dance the night away in celebration of that plant’s official … 0

Taylor/My Turn: Pitch for Ann Banash

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Congratulations to the 2014 Citizen of the Year, Marie Putala, and all the prior Citizens of the Year. This accolade is well deserved by each and every winner. I would like to recognize another citizen who deserves to be honored for her vast amount of service to the … 0

Tolg/My Turn: The injustice is plain to see

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Despite, or maybe because of, the interesting biographical notes of Tim Blagg’s column of Dec. 29, 2014, titled “Walking on the blue line: Seeing police work from many perspectives,” I got the impression of being told “Move on … 0

Tillberg/My Turn: Economic best interests

Monday, January 5, 2015

Posit two families, the Smiths and Joneses. The Smiths, generally conservative, work at Wal-Mart and are barely making it in their apartment in Passaic, N.J. Jack Smith went to a political event once and pitched in a fiver; afterwards he forgot why he had gone and determined never … 0