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Blagg: ‘Green’ energy mix can be done

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The other day, newspapers across New England carried a story that heralded the fact that Burlington, Vt. is claiming that 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water, and biomass. With the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski Rive, the story said, the Burlington Electric Department crossed a long awaited threshold and … 0

In the Arena: Deja vu

Thursday, September 18, 2014

History does seem to have a way of repeating itself in local politics. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Montague, where reality is starting to take hold regarding the future — or lack of same — of the Strathmore Paper Company complex. “If something doesn’t happen soon, we’re going to have to take the whole mill down,” Selectman Mark Fairbrother said recently. … 1

Bos/My Turn: Power of the ballot

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I received a goodly number of comments about my “Mayday” column in The Recorder (Aug. 19). In it, I offered the creation of the MaydayUS “super PAC” (https://mayday.us/) as one way to combat the anti-democratic assault on fair elections by the tidal tsunami of conservative cash unleashed by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. With several exceptions there was strong concurrence with my … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: Acting on hunger

Friday, September 5, 2014

September is national Hunger Action Month. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the entire Feeding America nationwide network of 200-plus food banks have joined forces to raise awareness to fight hunger. Everyone has a unique opportunity to take action this month and make a difference in your … 0

In the Arena: ‘Unenrolled’ hold the key

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Massachusetts may not be quite as “blue” as we think it is and that may be good news for local candidates looking to take out a pair of entrenched incumbents this fall. According to numbers released this week by Secretary of State Bill Galvin, just over 35 percent … 1

Youngblood/My Turn: An energy education

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

At the Boston Common on July 30, anti-pipeline rallyers enthusiastically agreed that we must all “Say Yes: to a Fix-It-First pipeline policy”; to new storage tanks (not pipelines across green fields) for meeting peak energy demands; to jobs and job training for the future; to a level-playing field … 0

Kelly/My Turn: Join the protest

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Consider signing up on the bus and going to New York City on Sept. 21. This is the date of a giant protest March at the United Nations, calling for leadership and more powerful policies to address climate change. With your support, this is likely to be one … 0

Blagg: Railroad town at heart

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wow! That’s what I thought when I read the story in The Recorder about Gov. Patrick chugging into town on a special train to announce that the state is spending a pretty good chunk of money — $17 million, he said — to get ready for Amtrak’s Vermonter. … 0

Leach/My Turn: Energy emissions

Friday, August 29, 2014

Plans to expand the production of natural gas from shale formations in the United States and around the world may face an as-yet-unseen stumbling block. Atmospheric scientists are concerned that even small amounts of methane leakage from the production and use of natural gas could negate whatever environmental … 0

In the Arena: Ham-handed protest

Thursday, August 28, 2014

An otherwise conciliatory primary race in the 2nd Franklin District took a somewhat ugly turn this week, thanks to what appears to be a case of mistaken political identity. A half-dozen protesters gathered outside Athol Town Hall ostensibly to protest Republican candidate Susannah Whipps Lee, whom the protesters … 0

Gran/My Turn: The science/public gap

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A recent Global Trends 2014 survey of 20 countries by Ipsos MORI indicates that only 54 percent of Americans agree with the statement that “The climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity.” … 0

Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I have not jumped on the Stop-the-Pipeline bandwagon. Why? I am confident that there is a real and immediate need. All six New England governors declared a regional need. Locally, Berkshire Gas has testified that Franklin County has the most critical need. In addition to Berkshire Gas, 11 … 5

Blagg: New-age holy war

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Back in the year 613, when the Prophet Muhammad was preaching to the first few converts to what would become Islam, his message was one of peace. When he and his followers were expelled from Mecca, a small … 0