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Blagg: Railroad town at heart

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wow! That’s what I thought when I read the story in The Recorder about Gov. Patrick chugging into town on a special train to announce that the state is spending a pretty good chunk of money — $17 million, he said — to get ready for Amtrak’s Vermonter. The train, which now runs up from Washington, D.C., and New York City through New … 0

Leach/My Turn: Energy emissions

Friday, August 29, 2014

Plans to expand the production of natural gas from shale formations in the United States and around the world may face an as-yet-unseen stumbling block. Atmospheric scientists are concerned that even small amounts of methane leakage from the production and use of natural gas could negate whatever environmental gains have been made in reducing America’s carbon footprint from the much-publicized switch from coal … 0

In the Arena: Ham-handed protest

Thursday, August 28, 2014

An otherwise conciliatory primary race in the 2nd Franklin District took a somewhat ugly turn this week, thanks to what appears to be a case of mistaken political identity. A half-dozen protesters gathered outside Athol Town Hall ostensibly to protest Republican candidate Susannah Whipps Lee, whom the protesters claim violated their First Amendment Rights related to an alleged effort to remove a photograph … 0

Gran/My Turn: The science/public gap

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A recent Global Trends 2014 survey of 20 countries by Ipsos MORI indicates that only 54 percent of Americans agree with the statement that “The climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity.” … 0

Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I have not jumped on the Stop-the-Pipeline bandwagon. Why? I am confident that there is a real and immediate need. All six New England governors declared a regional need. Locally, Berkshire Gas has testified that Franklin County has the most critical need. In addition to Berkshire Gas, 11 … 5

Blagg: New-age holy war

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Back in the year 613, when the Prophet Muhammad was preaching to the first few converts to what would become Islam, his message was one of peace. When he and his followers were expelled from Mecca, a small … 0

Meyer/My Turn: Disturbing change of course

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vermont Yankee, the last of the region’s nuclear plants, will close in December. In response, GDF-Suez FirstLight’s Nortfield Mountain Pumped Storage plant is looking to change its stripes. On June 27, it applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a “temporary” license amendment to allow it broad … 0

In the Arena: Sharing thoughts

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Nobody asked me but ... Greenfield Deputy Police Chief Mark Williams? Wow. I didn’t see that one coming. ∎ Sign of the times — Greenfield schools will have a truancy officer this year. An unfortunate, but necessary move. ∎ It looks like the Greenfield School Committee has decided to take … 0

Keith/My Turn: Different calculations

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In chiding us to “Do some energy math” (My Turn, July 24), James Bates miscalculates. Above all, he assumes a zero sum. “If you are anti-CO2, anti-nuclear, anti-methane, then you must be for darkness.” No one who exhales … 2

Warren: We can do better

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Massachusetts has distinguished itself as a state with a strong and enduring commitment to environmental conservation, a commitment evidenced in the wetlands, forests, waters, and state and private conservation lands that run from our coastline to the Berkshires. … 0

Bos/My Turn: Fighting back

Monday, August 18, 2014

In my previous column (Aug. 12) I quoted Bill Moyers, who has written that “Democracy is not a lie. What’s right and good doesn’t come naturally. You have to stand up and fight for it — as if the cause depends on you, because it does.” How can … 0

Blagg: Rules of engagement

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The phrase “rules of engagement” — or ROE — is a familiar one to soldiers and police officers around the world. The rules, which should be drilled into anyone going into combat, or who routinely carries a weapon … 0

Hynes/My Turn: Terror unleashed

Friday, August 15, 2014

On the recent anniversary of the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nine countries — the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea — possess the capability to annihilate the human … 1