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Thompson and Hutchins/My Turn: Biomass ordinance troubling

Friday, May 29, 2015

For several years, Greenfield has been wrestling with the question of biomass energy. A 2009 proposal by Madera Energy to build a biomass electricity plant was opposed by some residents and regional activists concerned with a slew of perceived threats. Plans for the facility were scrapped. In 2013, the Greenfield Town Council voted a 17-month moratorium on large-scale biomass facilities, during which time … 0

In the Arena: Kulik looks to tap into land-rich nonprofits

Thursday, May 28, 2015

My guess is state Rep. Steve Kulik probably won’t be getting many invitations to mixers on private school and college campuses in the foreseeable future. Kulik has filed “payment in lieu of taxes” legislation that would establish a mechanism for towns to charge nonprofit private institutions up to 25 percent of what they would normally have to pay in property taxes if they … 0

Simms/My Turn: Our climate reality

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On April 28, Cardinal Peter Turkson, released the following statement, “In our recklessness, we are traversing some of the planet’s most fundamental natural boundaries, and the lesson from the Garden of Eden still rings true today: pride, hubris, self-centeredness are always perilous, indeed destructive. The very technology that has brought great reward is … 0

Swinerton/My Turn: Here come the Clintons

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I agree with a recent letter suggesting that John Kasich from Ohio would be a very qualified candidate for president. He has experience both in Congress and as a governor. In a nationwide election, he’s from the all … 0

Hynes/My Turn: War’s many victims

Sunday, May 24, 2015

May closes with Memorial Day, also called Decoration Day for the tradition of placing and planting flowers at the graves of war veterans. Freed slaves began this tradition, gathering on May 1, 1865, in Charleston, Va., to commemorate … 0

Healey/My Turn: Wrong direction with our forestry assets

Sunday, May 24, 2015

If you head south in western Massachusetts on Interstate 91, every day, all day long, you will see hundreds of trucks filled with local logs going north, many to Canada and some to Europe and China. The trucks take thousands of jobs and economic opportunities for rural Massachusetts … 0

Wilson/My Turn: To build a fire

Sunday, May 24, 2015

What to do to honor the Earth? Burn brush. Why? According to my aesthetic, I like the woods around our house to be open and clear, like a park, but branches fall down every winter and picking them up takes quite a while. Sometimes trees fall and I … 0

In the Arena: Election night disappointment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The only thing missing from Montague Town Hall on Monday night was a boom box playing a continuous loop of “Garden Party” by the late Ricky Nelson. Just as Nelson was booed out of Madison Square Garden on that fateful night in 1971, Montague Selectman Mark Fairbrother has … 0

Newman/My Turn: Wedding hopes in the wings

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

No one at the rally on Main Street outside Northampton City Hall on the evening of Nov. 18, 2003, will forget that celebration. People hugged and cheered. Balloons floated. Signs were hoisted. Rainbow flags were waived. And Rachel Maddow spoke. Earlier that day, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court … 0

Benzaia/My Turn: Preschool plans create questions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As someone who has been working in the field of early education for nearly 20 years, no one has to convince me of the importance of a quality early-learning experience for a child. The Girls Club of Greenfield and its branches, Valley Play School and Camp Lion Knoll, … 0

Grant/My Turn: Martin Luther’s story

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

“Whatever you’ve seen in the movies and pictures, Martin Luther probably didn’t nail his ‘95 theses’ onto a church door in Wittenberg.” That’s a quote from the “Conflict to Communion” story in the May 2 Recorder. The door in question was the entry of Wittenberg Castle (Catholic) Church; … 0

Keith/My Turn: Played by the pipeline

Monday, May 18, 2015

As we have heard, Berkshire Gas spokesman Christopher Farrell is frustrated with pipeline opponents. To be fair, of all the local distribution companies in Massachusetts, Berkshire may have the most to gain from Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Direct (NED) Project. Berkshire Gas currently depends on Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas … 0

MacDougall/My Turn: Antidote for hopelessness

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Each time I read a news story full of violence or chaos, I have a choice: I can feel defeated or I can remain hopeful. I opt for the latter by consistently witnessing people working on projects that transform lives. Compassionate action within community is the antidote to … 0