Category Archives: Opinion

QUESTIONS, ANSWERS AND POLITICAL CANDIDATES

WILLIAMSBURG – No one makes you run for political office. A rich person might promise to back your candidacy, but only the candidate chooses to run. Whatever happens after they enter the race belongs to the candidates themselves. The painful … Continue reading

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NO SUGARPLUMS FOR SCROOGES

By JIM CAHILLANE Saturday, December 24, 2011WILLIAMSBURG – I don’t know why, exactly, but in England Santa Claus is Father Christmas, and Merry Christmas is always, “Happy Christmas.” Nearer home, liberals use the politically correct, “Happy Holidays,” which drives Fox … Continue reading

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Not Just Laughing Matters

The tea party folks are boiling mad, which as it turns out is the right way to make proper tea but is one lousy recipe for governing. I suspect their rant translates into “Where did all these people of color come from?” Continue reading

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Observing Village Life / New Burgy Thursdays

There’s great excitement in Williamsburg this year in the form of a new village farmer’s market. Burgy Thursdays start Thursday, May 12th extending into late October. The market’s unique feng shui setting is on Meekins Library’s Riverside lawn—where a recently rescued cast iron Victorian fence traces the racing Mill River’s graceful bend. Continue reading

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Reflecting on Christmas stories we offer others

WILLIAMSBURG – “Do you think that the children of today look forward to Christmas as we used to do?” Obviously, the questioner believes he knows the answer, and it is, “No, they don’t.” The reasoning is simply that today’s kids … Continue reading

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Government by the Informed

Whether you grew up in the Pioneer Valley, like I did, or arrived more recently your view of the world is likely to be skewed. By and large our fellow citizens are a caring lot who do for others year … Continue reading

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From today’s campaign, a look at Irish contests past

WILLIAMSBURG – Not a day goes by when I’m not quizzed about my surname. It appears on hundreds of lawn signs up and down the Pioneer Valley. An equal number of red, white and blue signs promote my nephew Mike … Continue reading

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Recalling a Political Junkie’s First Fix

Exactly 50 years ago, I became involved in presidential politics. Massachusetts Sen. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a handsome war hero from a wealthy Catholic family, was boldly seeking the Democratic nomination. I say boldly because he was only 43 years old … Continue reading

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ONE AMERICAN’S MEMORIES OF GWR SPORTS GROUND

The recent Advertiser story (200 homes planned for sports ground 27 July) took me back to 1953 when as a twenty-year-old Airman 1st class stationed at nearby RAF Fairford I started dating a Swindon girl who lived off Shrivenham Road. … Continue reading

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Finding a New Spiritual Home

The decision to consolidate all five of Northampton’s Roman Catholic churches, each with a unique hold on their ethnic and local communities is a test of both individual and collective faith Continue reading

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