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This week's column from G. Michael Dobbs

Each week, managing editor G. Michael Dobbs looks at issues in the Pioneer Valley that affect our readers.





Stepping back from 'political slop' to remember a legend

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

I love the moment in “A Christmas Story” in which The Old Man (played by Darren McGavin) comments on a fluff piece in his newspaper by saying “This is real news – not that political slop!”As the election cycle year nears its conclusion, I must say I’m glad to see it shuffle off to its conclu...
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With rail cars, manufacturing roots, jobs return to Valley

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

I couldn’t think of better news for the city of Springfield and the rest of Hampden County than the announcement the Changchun Company will be building a rail car manufacturing plant on the former West...
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This old man has trouble understanding certain issues

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

There are many things I don’t understand and like the Tommy Lee Jones characters in “No Country for Old Men,” I would like to think that past life experience would provide me with the tools to comprehend the issues I come across. Instead I can identify with Jones’s character who realizes all...
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Long wait for fire academy highlights Boston’s disconnect with the west

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

I’m not ungrateful, really. I just can’t ignore what I heard at the announcement of the construction of a firefighters’ academy in Springfield that will serve any firefighter in the state, but specifically the firefighters of the four western counties.And it only took 36 years for Western Ma...
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In the pursuit of happiness, how would you define the word?

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

Please allow me to ask you, dear reader, a personal question: Are you happy? I’m sure you will roll an eyeball or two and answer something along the lines of “What do you mean?”Being “happy” covers a lot of ground. Some people love their families and private life, but hate their jobs...
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