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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 important state of Ohio. I believe also that Marco Rubio should be his running mate. … 0

In the Arena: A happening committee

Thursday, May 14, 2015

If you are looking for political intrigue, the place to be these days seems to be the Greenfield Town Council’s Appointments and Ordinances Committee. Most times, covering a council subcommittee lands on the pleasantry scale somewhere between a root canal and an aggressive teeth cleaning appointment. Not so … 0

Foote/My Turn: WiredWest effort works for Warwick

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

In a letter published in The Recorder on April 14 regarding the WiredWest initiative in the Town of Warwick, there are a number of points that need to be considered. The need for a fiber-optic cable to the home in Warwick cannot be underestimated. It is highly unlikely … 0

Brown/My Turn: Politics’ false spirituality

Monday, May 11, 2015

Every year, the residents at Taos Pueblo do an interesting thing. They shut their community off to outsiders for an entire month, quite literally, as a Taos Pueblo Police cruiser blocks the entrance and only allows in the folks who live there. Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO World … 0

O’Rourke/My Turn: Invasion of machines on the landscape

Monday, May 11, 2015

The leaf-blower was as loud as a chainsaw at Buckland Shelburne School and it continued for hours, day after day. Along with another large riding machine, the sidewalks were swept clean and the conscientious workers have chased down every leaf in the schoolyard. When the children returned after … 0

Wilson/My Turn: Civil legal aid needs funding

Sunday, May 10, 2015

While it is generally understood that legal representation is guaranteed by the federal and Massachusetts constitutions in criminal cases that involve even the possibility of a jail sentence, no such right exists in most civil cases, even when a person’s home, physical safety, relationship to his or her … 0

Charney/My Turn: Siri joins the family

Friday, May 8, 2015

“Did Fidel Castro die?” my husband asked, apropos of a news report. “No he is still alive,” I replied, first with authority, then becoming more tentative. “I think he died,” my husband asserted, a wee bit more tentative as well. In the past, this wouldn’t have stopped us … 0

In the Arena: Montague heads to the finish line

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Who will be Montague’s next selectman is now in the hands of the voters. The final of three debates between selectmen’s candidates Mark Fairbrother, Rich Kuklewicz and Jacobo Roque was this week. I was privileged enough to moderate that debate and while there were some good moments and … 0

Hazard/My Turn: Environmentally irresponsible

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Christopher Ferrell’s comments on behalf of Berkshire Gas to Franklin County Chamber of Commerce members were not only disrespectful but inaccurate. Like many, it is precisely because I care deeply about the health and economic wellbeing of my community and our plant Earth that I oppose this Kinder … 0

Gran/My Turn: Face the facts of climate change

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A recent Recorder article (April 1) reports “… that officials in Florida and Wisconsin are censoring state workers’ ability to talk about, much less work on, climate change ... Florida Gov. Rick Scott became the leader of this potential trend last month when news emerged that he had … 0

Bourke/My Turn: Time now for safety building

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Saturday, May 9, the voters of Heath will have the opportunity at annual town meeting to vote for the construction of a new Public Safety Building. This building would house the fire, highway, police departments and emergency operations. The research for this building started three years ago after … 0