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Discarding waste around globe

My nephew, an Army veteran who spent most of his 20-plus years military service as an officer in South Korea, is now a civilian military contractor living on a base in Afghanistan. Our only conversation…


Learning peace, justice through children’s books at Orange libraries

The Traprock Center for Peace and Justice in Greenfield awarded $1,000 to the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries this summer to purchase fiction and nonfiction books for children on subjects including world peace, empathy, friendship, diversity, tolerance, community, and humans’ place in the natural environment.




What do we want for our country, and the world?

Just days ago we remembered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s April 4, 1967 speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence and its warning that: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more…


Children at heart of this collection

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Library will release a new collection of children’s books centered around themes of peace, social justice and nature during an event Saturday afternoon. At least 60 books were purchased with…



When peace settled in, one night, a century ago

Pat Hynes & Frances Crowe: Along the western front of World War I lie miles of cemeteries for British, Scottish, Belgian, French and other soldiers killed in the war. In a lone, out-of-the way plot in this land of teenage war dead, a large cross and a dozen small ones honor the Christmas Truce of 1914 spontaneously celebrated by soldiers, and even some officers, on both sides of the war.


While citizens embraced ‘Silent Spring,’ a poisonous war raged on

Pat Hynes & Frances Crowe – Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking book “Silent Spring, published in September 1962, ignited modern U.S. environmentalism and resulted in new laws for environmental and public health protection in the United States. Two days before it came out, President Kennedy signed his approval for the so-called “rainbow herbicides” (Agents Orange, White, Purple, Green, Pink and Blue, named for the colored bands on the herbicide barrels ) to be sprayed on Vietnamese crops.