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Bos/My Turn: Religion and science

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Pope Francis, in his papal encyclical “Laudato Si” (“Be Praised”) on June 18, called for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century. In the June 20 edition of The Recorder, Pastor Gary Bourbeau makes a case for intelligent design — … 0

In the Arena: Question-raising issues

Thursday, July 2, 2015

It’s the job of any good journalist to write stories that answer the questions uppermost in the minds of their readers, listeners and viewers. But every once in a while, we stumble across stories that leave us asking questions not easily answered. Let’s consider a few from just this past week. ∎ Does Stan Rosenberg secretly want to be a Republican? Probably not, but … 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 of course modeled on the health care bill we passed here nearly a decade ago. … 1

Reid/My Turn: Our soldiers, our wars

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

In her My Turn Memorial Day column, “War’s many victims,” Pat Hynes writes “This national holiday, which honors soldiers who lost their lives in war, poses many complexities.” In his June 1 response, David Kearney counters “In my … 0

Blasiak/My Turn: Live within nature

Monday, June 15, 2015

Almost every day, The Recorder prints another article describing global warming as the greatest threat to the biologic health of the planet. It simply isn’t. Every animal species on earth strives to conform its surroundings into some vision of a personal ideal. Ants create tunnels in rotten logs … 1

Bos/My Turn: If the cartoon fits ...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Jan Norris, lamenting about “liberals and their double standards” in her June 2 letter, chastises The Recorder for running “a political cartoon bad-mouthing and demonizing Fox News (May 26) because of their bias to the right.” She wonders … 0

Mass/My Turn: Rights of the individual or Board of Health priorities?

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Board of Health recently adopted regulations becoming, effective July 1st, which prohibit people 18, 19 and 20 years old from purchasing tobacco products, banned flavored tobacco altogether and limit the number of locations where tobacco products can be sold. They argue that this is in the best … 0

In the Arena: Mass lone voice on right to buy tobacco

Thursday, June 11, 2015

As anyone who has read this column knows, I don’t like to make predictions. However, I’m prepared to break that rule when it comes to Wednesday’s Greenfield Town Council vote on Isaac Mass’ proposed tobacco control ordinance. It’s not only going to lose huge, but Isaac will be … 0

Boston/My Turn: Plastic ban worth your support

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Everyone agrees that plastic is a wonderful invention that has brought important possibilities into our lives — especially convenience. But like so many chemicals introduced into our daily lives, we only find out after dastardly consequences that they … 1

Charney/My Turn: High Maintenance

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Please take this five-minute survey. Be honest. Check only the ones that apply: ∎ You don’t travel light. You must prepare carefully for all eventualities including fluctuations of temperature and changes in occasions, from informal to formal. Plus you pack for all the “what-if’s” — stomachaches, sunburn, wind chill, … 0

Markens/My Turn: Pipeline all wrong for us

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) knows Kinder Morgan already has a pipeline in Massachusetts. It is known as the Tennessee Gas Pipeline in Southern Massachusetts and Kinder Morgan only purchased it a few years ago. It did not build that pipeline and THAT pipeline is likely … 1

Gran/My Turn: Heading to extinction

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Species extinction is common and inevitable, but the present extinction is exceptional. According to Endangered Species International, 99.9 percent of all species that have ever existed on Earth are extinct. Species have become extinct over time through a … 0

Greene and Chambers/My Turn: Why we fly ‘Black Lived Matter’ banner

Sunday, June 7, 2015

We have received feedback, some positive, some negative, about the #BlackLivesMatter banner hanging in front of our church, All Souls Unitarian Universalist. We would like to respond to those who have contacted us anonymously to let them know what this banner means to us. Most of the critical … 0