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In the Arena: Keep an eye on this Town Council race

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The stage is set for Greenfield’s fall electoral juggernaut and the number of potential angles to pursue between now and November has your faithful reporter almost giddy with anticipation. Ordinarily, the most interesting race would be for mayor, but with all due respect to incumbent Bill Martin and challenger Patty Morey Walker, that’s not the case this year. To me, the marquee race … 0

Brewster/My Turn: To our rescue

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Although the news reports about the woman and child stranded on Mount Sugarloaf kindly kept us anonymous, I wanted to publicly thank the people who rescued my 4-year-old son and me on a recent Wednesday night. We’re not experienced hikers, but after walking the paved road up for a picnic dinner with a stunning view of our beautiful valley, we decided to hike … 0

Magee and Pike/My Turn: Senator, hear us, join us

Monday, July 27, 2015

Dear Sen. Stan Rosenberg: Now is not the time to postpone next Wednesday’s FERC meeting at Greenfield Middle School. We invite thousands of citizens to be at the school at 195 Federal St. at 5 p.m., before the hearing at 6:30 p.m., to show support against the pipeline and make our voices heard loud and clear. Please, Sen. Rosenberg, be there and speak … 0

In the Arena: Plastics ban could be on ballot

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Greenfield residents may have more than just contested races in the first November election in the town’s history. A referendum question banning the use of small plastic water bottles and single-use plastic bags may also find its way onto the ballot, provided the proponents are able to secure … 0

Brown/My Turn: Living with wildfires

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Several years ago, a resident of the tiny town of Arroyo Hondo, outside of Taos, N.M., did a rash and foolish thing. He was burning trash in a receptacle outside his house. At the time, a years-long drought had reduced much of surrounding forests to dry, combustible tinder. … 0

Nestel/My Turn: Sen. Rosenberg, add your voice

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dear Sen. Rosenberg: The Nuclear & Carbon-Free Future Coalition of Western Massachusetts writes to thank you for advocating for the recent Department of Public Utilities (DPU) hearing that was held in Greenfield regarding Berkshire Gas Company and the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline that would come through Massachusetts, including … 0

Rosenberg/My Turn: Rewarding hard work

Monday, July 20, 2015

T he state Legislature recently took an important step toward reducing income inequality by voting to increase the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit — a tax benefit for those making $50,000 or less — for the first time since the credit was created 18 years ago. As an … 0

Letourneau-Therrien/My Turn: What’s working with local teens

Friday, July 17, 2015

I want to discuss three commonly held beliefs about smoking, drugs and alcohol. One is that smoking, drinking and drug use is rampant among teens and young adults. A second is that young people are going to drink, smoke and use drugs anyway, so attempts by governments and … 0

In the Arena: The bottom of the barrel

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I’m really beginning to think this country has gone off its collective rocker. What other possible explanation can there be for Donald Trump’s lead heading into the Republican presidential primary season, the first contest for which, it should … 1

In the Arena: Talk doesn't add up

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The town of Greenfield has come through another budget process largely unscathed, but you’d never know it based on the comments of some of those who passed it into law. Precinct 4 Councilor Steve Ronhave agreed to support Mayor Bill Martin’s $46.5 million spending plan, but not before … 0

Hollins/My Turn: Managing School Choice

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Voters should keep an eye on School Choice issues. It’s the law of education today and it’s important. The state estimates Greenfield’s choice costs next year, for example, at $3.3 million to charter schools and neighboring public school districts. At this rate, voters will raise $33 million to … 0

Bos/My Turn: Religion and science

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Pope Francis, in his papal encyclical “Laudato Si” (“Be Praised”) on June 18, called for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century. In the June … 0

In the Arena: Question-raising issues

Thursday, July 2, 2015

It’s the job of any good journalist to write stories that answer the questions uppermost in the minds of their readers, listeners and viewers. But every once in a while, we stumble across stories that leave us asking questions not easily answered. Let’s consider a few from just … 0