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In the Arena: Greenfield's tax-rate reduction

Thursday, August 27, 2015

If I were a Greenfield taxpayer — and there’s many reasons why I’m not — the question I’d be asking in the wake of last week’s Town Council meeting is: What did my government just spend $1.4 million on? The council voted to go along with Mayor Bill Martin’s plan to use that money to reduce a tax rate, which His Honor freely … 1

Bos/My Turn: Dream becomes nightmare

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence that proclaims, “all men are created equal” with the right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The American Dream is the national ethos of America, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an … 0

Hazard/My Turn: The right power connection for Greenfield

Monday, August 24, 2015

Are you struggling to decide what is the best deal for electricity? If you are like me, a Greenfield resident, you get annoying calls offering you “a better deal than you have today.” So, what to do? For me, the decision is easy. I’m sticking with Greenfield Light and Power (GL&P) — and that is exactly what I say to whoever calls me. … 0

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

Meyer/My Turn: Sucking out the river’s life

Monday, August 3, 2015

Whether it’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing for a sprawling gas pipeline or a cluster of power projects on the Connecticut River, the public isn’t getting the accountability and voice it’s entitled to. That hit me after contacting Tobey Stover from the U.S. EPA’s Region 1 Offices about … 2

Tillberg/My Turn: I’m game for turning debate into tourney

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Republicans are in a bind, what with 16 presidential aspirants trying desperately to squeeze onto one debate stage. The organizer for the first debate has sought to manage the affair by arbitrarily selecting the “top ten” candidates based somehow on polling. Of course, 10 is an arbitrary … 0

In the Arena: Keep an eye on this Town Council race

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The stage is set for Greenfield’s fall electoral juggernaut and the number of potential angles to pursue between now and November has your faithful reporter almost giddy with anticipation. Ordinarily, the most interesting race would be for mayor, but with all due respect to incumbent Bill Martin and … 0

Brewster/My Turn: To our rescue

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Although the news reports about the woman and child stranded on Mount Sugarloaf kindly kept us anonymous, I wanted to publicly thank the people who rescued my 4-year-old son and me on a recent Wednesday night. We’re not experienced hikers, but after walking the paved road up for … 0