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Browning/My Turn: The right shoe

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I recently conducted a shoe-c utting party for the charity, Sole Hope, at the Greenfield Public library. I was so inspired that I am thinking of hosting another event in February. Let me share: From the time I was a little girl, shoes have always played an important role in my life (I … 0

Amyot/My Turn: Our drive to reduce plastic use

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Imagine my surprise Friday morning when I read in The Recorder that our group was trying to get a measure passed without following democratic procedures. About a year ago, our group approached the Town Council’s Appointments and Ordinances Committee about the possibility of banning plastic water bottles in Greenfield. We brought with us Jill Appel, a spokesperson for the bottle ban that went … 0

Hynes/My Turn: Refusing to play the victim

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Paris Peace Accords were signed on Jan. 27, 1973, making possible a re-united Vietnam. The peace accords ended eight years of the American War (as it is known to the Vietnamese) and two prior decades of covert warfare against this small, agrarian Asian country. For much of the American public, the war was a bitterly divisive issue to put behind them. With … 0

Smith/My Turn: Stocking stumper

Friday, December 5, 2014

It has been a good many years now of stocking stuffing and Santa and I seem finally to have our reindeer in a row. But this year, there’s a new twist, an expansion. This year, there will be … 0

In the Arena: Resistant to change

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Greenfield taxpayers can nestle all snug in their beds this holiday season safe in the knowledge that the collective bargaining rights of public employees remain alive and well in their fair city. In what was clearly the most informative debate yet on the topic, the Greenfield Town Council … 0

Johnson/My Turn: Our energy future

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The announcement of a close to 30 percent increase in electricity rates by WMECO and National Grid is to be expected, as the fallout from the closing of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant becomes real. This attitude of being … 0

Swinerton/My Turn: Playing pure politics

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Looking at President Obama the other evening as he gave his speech, one could not help feel a bit of sadness. He was the hope of so many and has disappointed so many. For example, those who watch … 0

Neilson/My Turn: Marginalizing candidates

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

In the Nov. 5 Recorder, 11.08 percent of the Franklin County gubernatorial vote going to third-party and write-in candidates vanished. It was reported as 62.4 percent for Coakley to 37.6 percent for Baker equals 100 percent of the vote. In Greenfield, 13.5 percent of the gubernatorial vote went … 0

Elan/My Turn: No way to hold a meeting

Monday, December 1, 2014

As a citizen of Montague, a landlord who owns rental property in Greenfield and, most important, as an avid, vocal supporter of local business and industry, I was shocked to learn that the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce (FCCC) organized and is sponsoring a presentation slated for today … 0

Blagg: Will Putin get his way?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Oh boy, here we go again! Vladimir Putin, Russia’s thuggish leader, seems determined to bring back the bad old days of the Cold War. He’s furiously rattling his saber at the rest of the world, unveiling new nuclear … 0

In the Arena: Leaving a sour taste

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I’m sure that a number of Beacon Hill Democrats will miss having one of their own in the corner office, but I’m not sure they will all be heart-broken to see Deval Patrick exit stage left — or, far-left, depending on your perspective. Steve Kulik, state representative for … 0

Connelly/My Turn: Eliminating plastics

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Plastic trash kills sea animals: turtles, whales, birds and fish. Very few people don’t know this, a tiny minority does not care. Some plastic trash is intentionally created micro particles added to products like toothpaste and some soap gels, supposedly with the purpose of increasing the cleaning power … 0

Blagg: Reasons to be thankful

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Strictly speaking, we ought to be thankful throughout the year, taking time to appreciate good fortune whenever it occurs, and “smelling the roses” in our daily lives. Does it really take a special day? But, humans being humans, it’s often hard to stop, raise up and look around, … 0