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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

Rosenberg/My Turn: Massachusetts helped lead the way

Thursday, July 2, 2015

In one historic 48-hour burst last week, the Supreme Court affirmed what we here in the commonwealth know well: Massachusetts is a trailblazer for equal rights and social justice in the country and the world. On Thursday, the court upheld the Affordable Care Act, a law that was … 1

Hynes/My Turn: History’s teachable moments on pipeline

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The dominant industry argument for the Tennessee Gas Co.’s proposed pipeline through western Massachusetts is that it will provide gas for Boston on peak demand winter days and smaller-scale gas needs in western Massachusetts. If we assume, for the sake of argument, that this is its true intent, … 0

Opinion: It wouldn’t hurt Obama to continue to push for gun reform

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — As we continue to mourn the latest mass murder and the president has expressed the anger and frustration that most of us feel, we all can just settle back to wait for the next atrocity and … 0

In the Arena: Health board chair out

Friday, June 26, 2015

Greenfield’s new tobacco regulations go into effect next week, on the same day one of its chief architects leaves office. Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin has announced that he will not reappoint current Board of Health Chairwoman Janina Thayer to the board, despite 17 years of service. “I’m shocked … 0

My Turn: Gran: Weather and climate

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A letter to The Recorder (May 18) Global Warming Crystal Ball expressed a common denier myth: “Meteorologists cannot even forecast the weather a month from now, yet these global warming alarmists can predict what the weather will be like in the coming decades. Amazing.” “This argument betrays a … 0

My Turn: Brown: Two national diseases, Gun Violence and Racism

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A month ago, I walked into a situation that left me badly shaken. I was picking up a small pepperoni at my favorite pizza joint here in Taos. As I waited at the counter for the take-out to … 0

Tillberg/My Turn: Dollars replace voters

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I was greatly impressed by the article in Thursday’s Recorder about how Republican presidential candidates have so cleverly reduced the confusion and waste inherent in our present system of identifying and selecting … themselves. I am referring, of course, to the article “Presidential rivals battle to win over … 0

Nestel/My Turn: At DPU hearing, effects of gas pipeline plan already painfully clear

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Opponents of the proposed Kinder Morgan Tennessee Gas Pipeline filled Greenfield Middle School to capacity on Thursday, June 11, when people of Franklin County and beyond had a chance to speak at a meeting called by the state Department of Public Utilities to hear public opinion regarding Berkshire … 1

Andrews/My Turn: Hear what western Mass. says

Friday, June 19, 2015

Thank you to the state Department of Public Utilities for being in western Mass. to gather knowledge and input from citizens on the Kinder Morgan pipeline and Berkshire Gas Company’s request for additional capacity. Massachusetts leads in democracy and government only when government leaders serve the people and … 1

In the Arena: School Committee follies

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I’ve seen some pathetic displays in my time, but few to rival what occurred at the Greenfield School Committee meeting. I’m not going to rehash everything that happened — or, more appropriately, didn’t happen — in that nearly five-hour opus, but I highly recommend that voters take the … 0