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Kommel-Bernstein/My Turn: In defense of dispatch

Friday, September 4, 2015

I spent five years of my as an emergency dispatcher, and in that time, I rarely felt as though my job was understood, appreciated or valued. That was OK, though, because I did not do it for recognition or praise; I did it because I was performing invaluable service to my officers, my firefighters and my community. And I loved the job. As … 0

In the Arena: Rosenberg’s road ahead

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A few quick hitters as we prepare to say adios to the summer of 2015. Senate President Stan Rosenberg appears to have taken to heart the criticism over his perceived silence regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline. After months of trying to ride down the middle of the road, Rosenberg has recently made a series of very strong statements on the … 0

Eiseman/My Turn: The pipeline PR pitch

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

If you watch television, you’ve probably noticed the ads trying to link support for renewable energy with support for new gas pipelines. Featuring bona fide New Englanders smiling in the wind and sunshine, these ads are from the Coalition to Lower Energy Costs, a group partially funded by Kinder Morgan and orchestrated by Tony Buxton, lobbyist and lawyer for Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas … 1

Blixt/My Turn: The UMass shell game

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Recorder makes a good point (Aug. 6) in insisting that students must be the ultimate beneficiaries of any increases in state funding to the UMass system. Students are (or should be) what the UMass endeavor is all about and they have too often been the victims of … 0

Wulkan/My Turn: Paying a ‘fair share’ in Mass.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Working people in Massachusetts made two important gains last year when voters passed a measure guaranteeing earned sick time and the Legislature voted to increase the minimum wage. The same broad coalition of religious, labor and community groups that sponsored those initiatives is now aiming to improve funding … 0

In the Arena: New gauge for plastic bans

Thursday, August 13, 2015

It looks like Greenfield residents won’t be voting on a binding plastic bag ban question this fall, but that doesn’t mean the issue is going away. The Greenfield Town Council Wednesday will consider placing three, nonbinding questions on the November ballot asking voters if they favor a ban … 0

Sobek/My Turn: Governor, join our effort against pipeline

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The following is a letter submitted to Gov. Charlie Baker and was presented as testimony at The Energy Facilities Siting Board hearing on Aug. 5 at Greenfield Community College. Dear Gov. Baker, I am writing to you to voice my opposition to the proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) … 1

Gran/My Turn: No pause in global warming

Monday, August 10, 2015

An article in Science News June 27, “Global warming ‘hiatus’” an artifact states: “One of the biggest mysteries of modern climate science may have never really existed …” This refers to a paper published June 4, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the journal Science, … 0

Lash/Column: Generate more solar

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The sun will soon set on solar job creation in Massachusetts if lawmakers don’t turn up the heat. Net metering, a mechanism allowing customers to offset consumption by selling excess power their solar electrical systems produce back to the utility grid, is in the crosshairs. It is a … 1

Tillburg/My Turn: Tax holiday no holiday

Sunday, August 9, 2015

I read the editorial (July 30) regarding the proposed August tax holiday with concern. The editorial spent two columns discussing retail sales taxes without once discussing why we have taxes: To pay for services provided! Sen. Bob Hedlund of Weymouth, a member of the corporation that provides these … 0

In the Arena: A FERC hearing review

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The feds came to Greenfield last week, ostensibly to find out what the residents of Franklin County think about the potential environmental impact of a natural gas pipeline that seems more inevitable with each passing day. With that reality looming, it’s kind of hard to view that Federal … 2

Hynes/My Turn: A fatal decision’s legacy

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Aug. 6 and 9 mark the 70th anniversary of the United States dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This mass destruction of civilians — not military targets, as President Truman alleged — has … 2

Jeffers/My Turn: The view from CSO management

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Clinical & Support Options Inc. (CSO) is a nonprofit behavioral health agency that serves more than 14,500 individuals and their families of the Pioneer Valley and employs more than 580 members of our communities. As you may know, some employees held a strike organized by the SEIU Local … 0