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My Turn: Hamas strategy of sacrificing civilians crime against humanity
05-20-2024 5:17 PM

By JAN JEE BEAN

As Israel’s rockets crash into Gaza, smashing the country to rubble and crushing the population, scenes of stupefying devastation overwhelm us. We grieve the loss of innocent lives, in both Israel and Gaza. And yet, as horrifying as it is to...

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My Turn: My personal Middle East peace plan
05-19-2024 1:52 PM

By DANIEL A. BROWN

 Seeing that the Israelis and the Palestinians are stuck with each other, it’s time for my comprehensive peace plan. None of the following is particularly original or realistic, but it sure beats the endless cycle of fratricidal violence between these...


Jasper Lapienski: On the justification for war
05-19-2024 1:49 PM

If a small child hits a bigger child, most of us would understand if the big kid hits back. After all, the other one started it. If, on the other hand, the bigger child chooses to turn the other cheek rather than retaliate — well, we would honor this...


My Turn: Unwelcome gift in mailbox — A flag that won’t be flying
05-16-2024 8:39 PM

By KEVIN J. SMITH

 On a recent morning, there was a LGBTQ+ flag in my mailbox, encased in plastic and accompanied by a lengthy note which was a computer printout. I was told that I was “gifted” with this flag, and was welcomed to display it outside my home. The note...


My Turn: Choosing wisely for ourselves, next generation
05-13-2024 6:25 PM

By ALAN HARRIS

 In the larger picture, we’re not that much different from the rest of the animal kingdom, except that we can build within or outside the laws of nature.Follow what are observable truths or jump down rabbit holes, jump off cliffs, ignore the weather,...


Guest columnist Daniel Cantor Yalowitz: Being accountable a marker for maturity
05-13-2024 7:01 AM

By DANIEL CANTOR YALOWITZ

“A body of people holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.” — Thomas PaineOne thing that distinguishes grown-up mature adults from others not in this cohort is the ability to “own” and be accountable and responsible...


Evlyn Ashong-Katai: Back tax fund for elderly, disabled
05-09-2024 5:04 PM

My name is Evlyn Ashong-Katai and I moved to Greenfield in June 2023 when I bought my first-ever property, my home, at the age of 26. As a Greenfield resident, I am reaching out because of the proposed elderly/disabled tax fund.When reading about this...


Becca King: Tax fund for elderly, disabled a good idea
04-22-2024 9:43 AM

As an elder on a modest and fixed income who falls through many benefits cracks, I appreciate the efforts of Greenfield City Councilors Minhas and Mastrototaro in seeking new ways to support our elders and individuals with disabilities with a property...


As I See It: What if we could think like 10-year-olds?
04-20-2024 8:01 AM

By JON HUER

My wife, who is my severest critic, says I think like a 10-year old, which I interpret as a compliment. True, I tend to be simple-minded and linear as a 10-year-old child would be. After nearly half a century of working as a sociologist, writing a...


Mitch Speight and Joan Marie Jackson: City should follow constitutional ruling on property takings
04-18-2024 5:12 PM

On April 13, the Greenfield tax collector bought a full-page advertisement in this newspaper announcing the city’s intention to “take” 35 parcels of land on May 3 for “non-payment after demand, of the taxes due thereon.” The list of properties for...


Columnist Daniel Cantor Yalowitz: Cultural humility means relinquishing ‘superiority’
04-15-2024 7:31 AM

By DANIEL CANTOR YALOWITZ

“The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.” — Charles Caleb ColtonHeadline news everywhere screams of key contemporary themes involving “ego,” “self,” “it’s all about me,”… not to...


Pamela Kelly: Climate change expert shouldn’t be missed
04-05-2024 4:04 PM

William Moomaw is a global authority on climate change. A founder of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy in 1992, he was a lead author of five Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...


John Giniusz: Smarter than the ‘bullying rabble’
04-01-2024 5:44 PM

I am disappointed that the Greenfield City Council succumbed to the bullying rabble that demands we all stick our noses in the middle of a thousands of years blood feud between Israelis and Arabs.Since I don’t have any investment in the military...


Judge Laurie MacLeod: GCC key to literature program’s success
03-27-2024 4:41 PM

Thank you to reporter Anthony Cammalleri and the Recorder for publishing the article about the innovative programs supported by the Massachusetts Trial Court (“Promoting Justice,” March 21). I write only to make a minor correction regarding the...


Karl Meyer: Supporting journalism helps protect democracy
03-24-2024 10:46 AM

It was heartening to see several recent op-ed page pieces supporting Sunshine Week, the national carve-out where publishers, editors, journalists and citizens highlight the necessity of access to government information, and the push for better access...


Pushback: Canadian power play abetted by state aims
03-19-2024 7:01 PM

By AL NORMAN

Our rural Franklin County landscape has attracted large energy companies — from Tenneco in the 1970s to FirstLight today — seeking to own our woods and rivers to make electric power. Each of these corporations has green-washed their mission....


My Turn: Cease-fire now will mean nothing will have changed
03-17-2024 9:21 AM

By RICHARD WITTY

To activists supporting a “permanent” cease-fire: A permanent cease-fire takes two to tango. Currently Hamas is rejecting a cease-fire proposal put forward by Qatar, Egypt, U.S., the EU and other Arab states.They prefer war. They prefer Gazans to...


Terry Plotkin: We want our river back
03-15-2024 2:47 PM

The Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Station is vying for a 50-year extension of its license. Comments to FERC are due by April 22, Earth Day.This request is from a Canadian company, registered in Delaware, that takes all the profits from our river...


Lew La Chance: Our roads and lives
03-14-2024 2:38 PM

Why do motorists race up to the red lights on the highways and streets? The motorist is not going anywhere until the signal changes. A theory exists that the better the interactions with others, the less one needs to beat another with your vehicle on...


My Turn: Time to retire Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Station
03-13-2024 6:00 PM

By JOHN H. THOMPSON

I’m not a fisherman, but I love rivers. Rivers carry the rain and snow water back to the sea where it will be picked up by the sun again and delivered somewhere else in an endless hydrologic cycle.Almost magic! Easily elegant and awe-inspiring! A...


My Turn: Living with the knowledge that none of us has clean hands
03-11-2024 5:43 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

I’ve received many blessings from my mother’s native Canada, as well as from the U.S., my father’s place of origin. It would be impossible to tally the resources I’ve enjoyed: cultural, linguistic, geographical, educational, economic, medical, and...

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