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In the Arena: Rethinking a Senate run

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Don’t call him “Sen. Mark.” At least, not yet. After initially taking himself out of the running, 2nd Berkshire state Rep. Paul Mark now says he’s pondering a run for the state Senate seat being vacated by Ben Downing, after 4th Berkshire Rep. Smitty Pignatelli took himself out of the race last week. “I’m thinking about it. That’s all at this point,” Mark … 0

Down To Earth: Life after plastic (bags)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A friend of mine recently forgot his reusable bags when he dropped in at Stop and Shop. To make matters worse, he’d also forgotten about Northampton’s new plastic bag ban, which started January 1st. Then the person in line behind him lectured him on the merits of the ban. “Don’t give me that,” … 0

Brown/My Turn: Courting the U.S. electorate

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Say what you will about those placid Canadians, they’re a smart bunch when it comes to their national election cycle. It takes a mere two and half months. An independent, nonpartisan agency called “Elections Canada” sets the amount candidates are allowed to spend. This past year, the total was $21 million. By contrast, … 0

McIver/My Turn: Injured in the line of duty

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

On April 3, 2007, I took an oath to serve and protect the people of Greenfield and all those that come here. We took an oath that has pushed firefighters and police officers to act in heroic ways to save life and property. However, the reality exists that … 0

Touloumtzis/My Turn: Keeping sidewalks clear, safe

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Sustainable Greenfield (Master Plan) Implementation Committee wants to offer a timely reminder that we have a newly updated sidewalk clearing ordinance in Greenfield. Last July, in the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Greenfield Town Council unanimously voted to amend the ordinance requiring … 0

In the Arena: Awaiting a chain reaction on HRC recommendations

Thursday, January 14, 2016

If it wasn’t before, the Dan McCarthy-Confederate flag flap is certainly now a political issue for the Greenfield Town Council and Mayor Bill Martin. That came this week courtesy of the Greenfield Human Rights Commission, which has recommended that the entire Greenfield Police Department undergo sensitivity and cultural … 0

Brown/My Turn: Loosen fear’s grip

Sunday, January 10, 2016

I’m sure readers are familiar with “The Twilight Zone,” one of the better shows on television throughout the early 1960s. Although most episodes dealt with paranormal phenomenon and things that go bump in the night, the more thought-provoking … 7

Bridge/My Turn: Climate change conversation

Friday, January 8, 2016

Last month’s Paris summit on climate change succeeded in at least one important way: we now talk more freely about what’s really happening, and what to do about it. The diplomats and scientists there outlined a harsh future. … 0

In the Arena: Rocky start for Town Council leadership

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Greenfield’s new Town Council president might just wind up having the shortest honeymoon in the history of that office. To no one’s surprise, Precinct 3 Councilor Brickett Allis was elected council president at Monday’s organizational meeting, and promptly ran into a political buzz saw less than 24 hours … 0

Gyorgy/My Turn: Prevailing over pipeline

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What does the recent Paris climate summit have to do with the fracked gas pipeline now wending its way through the federal approval process? Quite a bit. As the warmest year on record ended, the summit marked, at best, the international consciousness that climate change is here, with … 5

Meyer/My Turn: Have I got a deal for you

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Ever dreamed of owning your own bank? I got a deal for you! Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project is for sale again, along with the Turners Falls canal and dam — and a string of little assets down in Connecticut. But Northfield’s the cash cow. Fourth time in … 2

Tillberg/My Turn: Constitution demands compromise

Monday, January 4, 2016

If one reads the Constitution, the “leader of the free world” is one of the least powerful executives in that free world. The executive budget is set by a totally independent body, only that body may enact legislation, … 0

Scientists and politicians

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Associated Press article published in The Recorder Dec. 12, Dueling climate realities of science and politics clash, highlights concerns of climate scientists with the Paris Climate Agreement. This clash of science and politics is not new, and it is apparent in the differing Agreement interpretations: good, bad … 0