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Scrip for tax avoidance

Sunday, November 29, 2015

You’ve got to hand it to pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc.: It’s managing to make Americans resent drug companies even more than they already did. The maker of Viagra and Lipitor is the latest to announce a merger that’s designed at least in part to escape high U.S. corporate tax rates. In a $160 … 0

Richardson/My Turn: Unpersuasive on pipeline

Sunday, November 29, 2015

An open letter to Kinder Morgan, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.: For the third time I have received a request to grant permission to survey our property. The deed for our land which is impacted by your proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline, references a conservation restriction. It was our intention, when we made an … 2

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 … 1

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

Smith/My Turn: Saving a real life saver

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

You could see it in his eyes, hear it in his voice. When he said “the RLC saved my life — literally,” it was the truth. Others in the room nodded. It was clear he wasn’t alone. Perhaps, that is the major point of the Western Mass. Recovery … 0

Culleny: Lying takes its toll on us

Monday, November 9, 2015

I’m not a religious person, but I do believe there is sanctity in truth. With that in mind, I find little sanctity among top politicians whose careers are often built on lies. But politicians are no different in … 1

Brown/My Turn: Once at war, now at peace

Sunday, November 8, 2015

I met Tony Reyna last May under unusual circumstances. I was helping him get into his car. He was 99 years old. We were both attending a Memorial Day ceremony at Taos Pueblo where the Indians (as they … 0

Simms/My Turn: Democracy versus corporatocracy

Friday, November 6, 2015

Wednesday, Oct. 28, I attended the pipeline showdown at the Northfield Elementary School with the contestants being “democracy versus corporatocracy,” or the majority of the voting public versus Kinder Morgan. Democracy is a system of government in which power is vested in those who rule either directly or … 2

Rullman/My Turn: Different visions for future

Friday, November 6, 2015

I attended the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline informational session in Northfield on Oct. 28. The company has held a number of these open houses in communities that are crossed by the proposed pipeline route, but they just recently scheduled them in the two towns in Massachusetts … 1

In the Arena: Quick election takeaways

Thursday, November 5, 2015

After months of talking and triangulation, the voters of Greenfield finally had their say Tuesday, and they spoke volumes. Here are a few initial thoughts. Closer than expected Probably the biggest surprise from Tuesday’s balloting was two-term incumbent Mayor Bill Martin’s slim win over challenger Patty Morey Walker. … 0

Deen/My Turn: The river’s Class of 2018

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Class of 2018 does not refer to a graduation class from one of our area schools, but instead refers to licenses that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will issue to operate five Connecticut River hydroelectric facilities, all of which were set to expire in 2018. The … 0

Gran/My Turn: Shifting climate economics

Monday, November 2, 2015

We all have probably heard the unsupported global-warming-denier’s myth that taking action on global warming will result in loss of jobs and economic catastrophe. Refuting this myth Citibank (America’s third-largest bank) recently issued a report, “ENERGY DARWINISM II: … 0