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Hynes/My Turn: Climate change strategies

Friday, November 27, 2015

October 2015 shattered global warming records not only as the world’s warmest October on record but also because it was warmer by an unprecedented increase compared to past years. October signaled another signpost along the ominous global warming trajectory with its climate-induced disasters. Among these are five dire impacts: Global warming: The current … 0

In the Arena: Let’s lose the label

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The “old boy network.” It’s a term which has historically been thrown around a lot in Greenfield politics, but perhaps no more so than in this year’s race for Greenfield mayor, where the growing divide between the town’s “natives” and its “newcomers” seemed wider than ever. And at least one resident returning to elected office believes it’s a label that needs to go. … 0

Cudnohufsky and Andrew/My Turn: Industrial wind an ill wind

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

When intelligent, value-centered fellow citizens, including good and gifted friends, continue to publicly promote industrial wind as a viable, green alternative energy source, we are disheartened. If one is willing to examine mounting evidence and well-researched analysis, industrial wind turbines simply cannot be justified. One example, the United Kingdom has announced spending billions of dollars on thousands of diesel generators critical to backing … 0

Garbus/My Turn: Our county’s charter school

Monday, November 23, 2015

As a Greenfield resident and principal of the Four Rivers Charter Public School, I’m hoping to clarify some issues related to public charter schools in a way that assumes the best intent of all involved, even though opinions might differ. A number of things reportedly said at a … 0

Gran/My Turn: Climate needs commitment

Sunday, November 22, 2015

C urrent commitments from nations to the Paris climate conference are inadequate to meet the challenge of keeping average global temperature change below 2 degrees Celsius (2C) — the not-to-exceed temperature increase above pre-industrial level agreed to at … 3

Johnson/My Turn: A critical match for Baystate

Friday, November 20, 2015

Well, in a way it’s free money. Now that I’ve gotten your attention please allow me to explain. Baystate Franklin Medical Center is in the final stages of upgrading and transforming their surgery department into a state-of-the-art facility. Vast improvements are being made that will continue to help … 0

In the Arena: Passing out the post-Greenfield election awards

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Greenfield elections are officially in the rearview mirror, which means it is time, once again, to present the “In The Arena” awards for the 2015 political season. ∎ The “Donald Trump” Award for the biggest winner of 2015 is Town Councilor Isaac Mass. He may have finished second … 0

Culleny: Behind the death god masks

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

It’s only been a few days since the bloody attacks in Paris and though, initially, it was not certain who planned those attacks, we all recalled a similar but smaller attack 11 months ago, again in Paris, at … 1

Charney/My Turn: Corrective posture

Monday, November 16, 2015

“Weight just slightly forward of the arches of your feet. Knees soft. Shoulders back and down. Navel to backbone. Chin tucked. Head up. No wrinkles in the back of the neck. Now that you’ve achieved your perfect posture, keep it until I see you next Friday.” These were … 0

Newman/My Turn: Catching Sanders fever

Sunday, November 15, 2015

At the recent Bernie Sanders rally in Springfield, a woman I met there confided that she hadn’t been as excited about a presidential candidate since Bobby Kennedy. Her enthusiasm was shared. Six thousand people jammed into the Mass. … 1

Clarke/My Turn: Our ungrateful generation

Friday, November 13, 2015

What must the remaining heroes of the “Greatest Generation” think of their modern day offspring? Not much, I surmise. The former grew up largely in the abject deprivation of the Great Depression. They went on to fight bravely … 7

In the Arena: Mayoral recount politics

Thursday, November 12, 2015

We’ll know by the end of business today whether the Greenfield mayoral election is, in fact, over. That’s the deadline for supporters of candidate Patty Morey Walker to decide whether to formally request a recount of her 169-vote loss to incumbent Mayor Bill Martin. Town Clerk Deb Tuttle … 0

Meyer/My Turn: Retreat from river restoration

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s recent abandonment of their flagship Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at Turners Falls defies all logic. In August, they abruptly withdrew their on-site interpreter and funding for The Great Falls Discovery Center. That center was located above the falls … 0