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My Turn: From Uncle Remus to civil rights organizing

03-04-2024 4:52 PM

By KATHE GEIST

Thank you, Estelle Cade! [“When ‘Little Black Sambo’ was just a clever kid,” Recorder, Feb. 26]. I had the same “colored” baby doll. I called her Sandra, and now I know where the name came from.Family lore has it that I brought such a doll home from...


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Columnist Joanna Buoniconti: My smile has changed, and I’m learning to be OK with it

03-04-2024 4:47 PM

By JOANNA BUONICONTI

As readers of my column are well aware, I tend to spill my guts — about what’s currently going on in my life — in the ink on this page for all of you to see, and fair warning this is going to be another one of those. I have been wanting to write this...


David C. Kempf: On Biden’s greatest asset

03-04-2024 4:39 PM

In John Paradis’s recent My Turn [“Message of hope needed to eclipse rancor,” Recorder, Feb. 28], he stated that Biden’s greatest asset is his genuine love and concern for the American people. Well, let’s look back at Biden’s disgraceful withdrawal...


Ahmad Esfahani: Polar-bearization of society

03-04-2024 4:39 PM

‘Our side is the good side, and your side is the bad side.”How amazing the human organism can be. “My side wears blue and yellow.” “Oh yeah, well my side wears black, red, white, and green.” It is often comical to find one’s existence within a nation...


Dennis Merritt: Trump is not the solution to a broken Congress

03-04-2024 4:39 PM

It’s with horror that those of us on the left learn of Trump’s blatant intention to create an authoritarian government, with him being the top authoritarian. We look at those on the right and cry out “Don’t you see what he’s doing?” “Don’t you see he...


My Turn: Ukraine deserves a better kind of peace

03-03-2024 12:03 PM

By LYLE DENIT

I read with interest Dr. E. Martin Schotz’s column on the causes of the war in Ukraine [“Rethinking U.S. interests on anniversary of war in Ukraine,” Gazette, Feb. 23]. He recommended two speeches by Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy. I...


Columnist Daniel Canton Yalowitz: The importance and necessity of resiliency

03-03-2024 12:01 PM

By DANIEL CANTOR YALOWITZ

For me, the previously unthinkable has now happened. Last September, I published a column in this space entitled “On letting go and saying goodbye” regarding what seemed at that time to be the imminent passing of my dearly belov’d feline friend of...


Dr. Cullen Shipman: First in the U.S. Franklin County Medicare for All study group

03-03-2024 12:00 PM

I am a physician activist and researcher for Mass Medicare for All legislation — An Act Establishing Medicare for All in Massachusetts (H.1239/S.744). Today I posted the first public announcement of our first in the U.S. county level study group...


Jim Whitcomb: Irked by transaction fee

03-03-2024 12:00 PM

I have been selling items through eBay recently. Each sale carries a transaction fee, a set percent of the amount of the sale. I noticed that eBay calculates this fee after they have added on the amount of sales tax and shipping, neither of which are...


The World Keeps Turning: Savoring the spirit of competition

03-01-2024 7:01 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

The familiar words bring vivid memories of the 1960s video clips that opened ABC’s “Wide World of Sports”: “The thrill of victory” (a victorious boxer carried overhead by a jubilant crowd) “and the agony of defeat” (a ski jumper stumbles before...


Connecting the Dots: Are there any responsible western Massachusetts conservatives?

03-01-2024 5:01 PM

By JOHN BOS

What is a responsible conservative? Depending upon your interpretation of “responsible,” might that include maintaining a democratic form of government? I certainly hope so.Because the MAGA crowds are supporting the elimination of democracy, whether...


Roxann Wedegartner: Critical column flat wrong on the facts

03-01-2024 4:01 PM

The attorney, David Roulston, appears to have a problem with liability insurers. But we don’t know that until the last three paragraphs of his Feb. 29 My Turn, “Bias verdict should not have been surprise.” As for the eleven paragraphs that precede...


My Turn: Lebanon, Yemen — Forgotten people

02-29-2024 4:05 PM

By RICHARD FEIN

 This column is about the hardships facing people in Lebanon and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. I might have chosen any number of other countries to write about, so why these two? My concern is that the geopolitical issues relating to them are much...


Dotty Janke: How does Europe do it?

02-29-2024 4:04 PM

After reading the news article about the poor cellphone service in the The Weldon apartment building in Greenfield, my first response was what is Europe doing to get wireless and internet service in its ancient buildings? [“Connectivity woes bedevil...


Ruth Witty: Column left reader wondering

02-29-2024 4:04 PM

I have heard antisemites blame “the Jews” for many things, some might be world financial crises, 911, you name it. But blaming Jews for enabling the Holocaust is a new one I have never heard before reading Carl Doerner’s Feb. 22 column “The root...


Linda Guthri: We don’t need a Starbucks

02-29-2024 4:04 PM

While I know that Friendly’s isn’t the best restaurant around, I was disheartened to read that Starbucks will be taking its place in the fall. What we do need is another restaurant or diner, as Greenfield is sorely lacking in both. I wish that a diner...


Patricia Lussier: Fleitman, Stuart will ‘fight the woke agenda’

02-29-2024 4:04 PM

I am writing to voice my support of Jay Fleitman and Mary Lou Stuart for Republican State Committee. I know Jay and Mary Lou personally and can attest to their unfailing support of our traditional, conservative values and their commitment to honesty,...


John Babits: Catering costs too high

02-29-2024 4:04 PM

According to CBS News Boston, the state’s $10 million six-month-long emergency contractentitles migrants and the homeless to $64 per day worth of catering from an Italianpasta company: “In some cases, the hotels are collecting money from the state for...


Susan Malley: Elect Ryan and O'Sullivan for Republican State Committee

02-29-2024 4:04 PM

Please join me in voting for Chris Ryan and Sue O’Sullivan in the Massachusetts Republican primary on March 5. Massachusetts has been called a “uni-party” state because most elected Republicans are indistinguishable from Democrats. They are RINOs:...


Walt Gorman: Liberals always give liberals a pass

02-29-2024 4:04 PM

I have never read Voice Male magazine, and I have no plans to. Editor emeritus Rob Okun constantly denigrates white males, and I’m sick of it. I say, let’s build each other up, not tear each other down, but I realize that’s not a popular thing to say...



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