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Charney/My Turn: No walk on the wild side

Friday, November 21, 2014

On the coldest day of the year — the temperature gauge on the car reads 6 degrees — we bring home a cat. “Dune, “ as in sand dune, I suggest for a name. “Why Dune?” my husband asks. Dune, I explain, conjures up the cat’s buff coloring and his yellow-green eyes. “Doom,” our grandson announces instead, preferring the dramatic and savage, a … 0

In the Arena: Montague gamesmanship

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Is Montague becoming the new Ashfield? It sure looks that way, because much like their friends to the west encountered recently during ongoing battles over the Ashfield House, Open Meeting Law complaints are flowing in Montague like water through the Strathmore canal. Most of the complaints, much like in Ashfield, are related to missing selectmen’s meeting minutes (which have since been caught up … 0

Wood/My Turn: Unchecked surveillance

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What are we so afraid of? It’s easy to sound crazy when you start to talk about the United States’ sweeping surveillance program. It could be a conspiracy theorist’s fantasy. But in 2013, former NSA analyst Edward Snowden brought this system and its abuses to the attention of journalists and now we all … 0

den Ouden/My Turn: Proud of their service

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I am proud of the U.S. military. This has always been a deep-seated value of mine. A few specific examples might illustrate my position. About 15 years ago, I was invited to give a lecture in Osaka, Japan. To my pleasant surprise, it was well attended and there … 0

Archbald/My Turn: Update the bottle bill

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

On Nov. 4, Massachusetts voters will have an opportunity to reduce litter, increase recycling, save energy, create jobs and save money for their cities and towns by voting “YES” on Question 2. The current “bottle bill” passed in 1982. It put a 5-cent deposit on bottles and cans … 0

Perkins/My Turn: Sign up for solar

Monday, October 6, 2014

Go solar! If you own a home or a business in Greenfield, now is the time to find out if a solar electric (photovoltaic) system is right for you. The Greenfield Solar Challenge is underway and the prices … 0

Blagg: Our forgotten conflict

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Korean War — or “Conflict” if you insist — was an odd chapter in American history. United States troopers suffered about 130,000 casualties — dead and wounded — during the three years of fighting. That’s about half … 0

Meyer/My Turn: Getting our pockets picked

Friday, October 3, 2014

Kids: go to your parent’s bedroom and find mommy’s purse and take $110 out of it. Then go out and have some fun. Why? Because the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and its own creation — the Holyoke-based Independent System Operator of New England (ISO-NE) — just confirmed that … 1

In the Arena: Coming down the pipeline

Thursday, October 2, 2014

It’s never to early to think about the holidays and I believe the management of the Kinder Morgan Co. should buy the biggest Christmas basket they can find and ship it over to their counterparts at National Grid, which has provided the best argument yet for construction of … 1

Culleny: Distracted by design

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Having grown up white in the fabulous, progressive bubble-America that followed World War II and began to shrink with the era of Ronald Reagan, it’s hard to adjust to the backwardness of our current domestic political scene. Yet … 0

Brown/My Turn: True co-existence

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The tired phrase “Honor Diversity” is an old standby in the Pioneer Valley, often voiced by local folks who live in all-white enclaves. It translates as, “Don’t act like a jerk when you encounter people different than yourself.” It’s easy to follow as long as those people are … 0

Wight/My Turn: We must act now on climate change

Monday, September 29, 2014

All Americans need to wake up now, make a small sacrifice to reduce their carbon footprint and put extreme pressure on Congress to pass a carbon tax on corporations only while simultaneously giving all corporations a tax break for using renewable energy to power their office buildings, factories … 0

Kelly and Fraser/My Turn: On the bus for change

Monday, September 29, 2014

We’d like to share a perspective on the Climate March from Franklin County. The experience we had in the bus provides a little window into what is happening all over the country. Robert Kennedy Jr. at the March reported that nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population attended … 1