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In the Arena: Greenfield's tax-rate reduction

Thursday, August 27, 2015

If I were a Greenfield taxpayer — and there’s many reasons why I’m not — the question I’d be asking in the wake of last week’s Town Council meeting is: What did my government just spend $1.4 million on? The council voted to go along with Mayor Bill Martin’s plan to use that money to reduce a tax rate, which His Honor freely … 1

Bos/My Turn: Dream becomes nightmare

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence that proclaims, “all men are created equal” with the right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The American Dream is the national ethos of America, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an … 0

Hazard/My Turn: The right power connection for Greenfield

Monday, August 24, 2015

Are you struggling to decide what is the best deal for electricity? If you are like me, a Greenfield resident, you get annoying calls offering you “a better deal than you have today.” So, what to do? For me, the decision is easy. I’m sticking with Greenfield Light and Power (GL&P) — and that is exactly what I say to whoever calls me. … 0

Burton/My Turn: In the pipeline’s path

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Knitting together two recent Recorder stories on the proposed pipeline (“Pipeline Opponents’ Eyes Turn to Otis,” Aug. 8, and “Certain wildlife species could benefit from pipeline, while others suffer,” Aug. 11), I’m commenting from the perspective of a … 0

Norman/My Turn: Interjecting self interests

Friday, August 21, 2015

On Aug. 11, The Recorder ran a front-page story with this headline: “Big box proponents can send comments to court.” The article suggested that anyone in favor of big boxes could “submit comments about the project” to a “local lawyer,” Issac J. Mass, or directly to the clerk … 0

Reid/My Turn: Confusing ‘potential’ with ‘actual’ in anti-abortion stance

Friday, August 21, 2015

I scarcely know how to begin a response to Tim Grant’s rant against Planned Parenthood in the Aug. 13 Recorder — whether to focus on his nasty tone, his self-righteousness, his false charges, his ad hominem attacks, his condemnation by association or the unspoken misogyny one senses running … 1

In the Arena: Mitigating political issues

Thursday, August 20, 2015

One of the goals of any incumbent’s political campaign is to try to take away issues that could be exploited by the opposition, a lesson it would appear Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin is well aware. While I don’t get the sense that His Honor is necessarily sweating the … 0

Pura/My Turn: Our people-centric approach at GCC

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

In just a few weeks, Greenfield Community College will open its doors for our 53rd year as this community’s college. Approximately 3,000 new and returning students will walk through our doors, each looking for the opportunity for a better life for themselves and their families. Of those enrolled, … 0

Charney/My Turn: Keeping fears from closing off our world

Monday, August 17, 2015

“What is this?” my husband asked, pointing to an inflamed welt on his leg. He sounded rather puzzled, more so than expected. After all, he knows the score. He can interpret that telltale bullseye. “Tick bite,” I said, with all the authority my nonmedical credentials could muster. “You … 0

Blixt/My Turn: The UMass shell game

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Recorder makes a good point (Aug. 6) in insisting that students must be the ultimate beneficiaries of any increases in state funding to the UMass system. Students are (or should be) what the UMass endeavor is all about and they have too often been the victims of … 0

Wulkan/My Turn: Paying a ‘fair share’ in Mass.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Working people in Massachusetts made two important gains last year when voters passed a measure guaranteeing earned sick time and the Legislature voted to increase the minimum wage. The same broad coalition of religious, labor and community groups that sponsored those initiatives is now aiming to improve funding … 0

In the Arena: New gauge for plastic bans

Thursday, August 13, 2015

It looks like Greenfield residents won’t be voting on a binding plastic bag ban question this fall, but that doesn’t mean the issue is going away. The Greenfield Town Council Wednesday will consider placing three, nonbinding questions on the November ballot asking voters if they favor a ban … 0

Sobek/My Turn: Governor, join our effort against pipeline

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The following is a letter submitted to Gov. Charlie Baker and was presented as testimony at The Energy Facilities Siting Board hearing on Aug. 5 at Greenfield Community College. Dear Gov. Baker, I am writing to you to voice my opposition to the proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) … 1