In the Arena: Let’s lose the label

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The “old boy network.” It’s a term which has historically been thrown around a lot in Greenfield politics, but perhaps no more so than in this year’s race for Greenfield mayor, where the growing divide between the town’s “natives” and its “newcomers” seemed wider than ever. And at least one resident returning to elected office believes it’s a label that needs to go. … 0

Cudnohufsky and Andrew/My Turn: Industrial wind an ill wind

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

When intelligent, value-centered fellow citizens, including good and gifted friends, continue to publicly promote industrial wind as a viable, green alternative energy source, we are disheartened. If one is willing to examine mounting evidence and well-researched analysis, industrial wind turbines simply cannot be justified. One example, the United Kingdom has announced spending billions of dollars on thousands of diesel generators critical to backing … 0

Garbus/My Turn: Our county’s charter school

Monday, November 23, 2015

As a Greenfield resident and principal of the Four Rivers Charter Public School, I’m hoping to clarify some issues related to public charter schools in a way that assumes the best intent of all involved, even though opinions might differ. A number of things reportedly said at a recent Greenfield School Committee meeting (“Board backs hold on new charter schools,” Recorder Nov. 13) … 0

Culleny: Lying takes its toll on us

Monday, November 9, 2015

I’m not a religious person, but I do believe there is sanctity in truth. With that in mind, I find little sanctity among top politicians whose careers are often built on lies. But politicians are no different in … 1

Brown/My Turn: Once at war, now at peace

Sunday, November 8, 2015

I met Tony Reyna last May under unusual circumstances. I was helping him get into his car. He was 99 years old. We were both attending a Memorial Day ceremony at Taos Pueblo where the Indians (as they … 0

Simms/My Turn: Democracy versus corporatocracy

Friday, November 6, 2015

Wednesday, Oct. 28, I attended the pipeline showdown at the Northfield Elementary School with the contestants being “democracy versus corporatocracy,” or the majority of the voting public versus Kinder Morgan. Democracy is a system of government in which power is vested in those who rule either directly or … 2

Rullman/My Turn: Different visions for future

Friday, November 6, 2015

I attended the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline informational session in Northfield on Oct. 28. The company has held a number of these open houses in communities that are crossed by the proposed pipeline route, but they just recently scheduled them in the two towns in Massachusetts … 1

In the Arena: Quick election takeaways

Thursday, November 5, 2015

After months of talking and triangulation, the voters of Greenfield finally had their say Tuesday, and they spoke volumes. Here are a few initial thoughts. Closer than expected Probably the biggest surprise from Tuesday’s balloting was two-term incumbent Mayor Bill Martin’s slim win over challenger Patty Morey Walker. … 0

Deen/My Turn: The river’s Class of 2018

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Class of 2018 does not refer to a graduation class from one of our area schools, but instead refers to licenses that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will issue to operate five Connecticut River hydroelectric facilities, all of which were set to expire in 2018. The … 0

Gran/My Turn: Shifting climate economics

Monday, November 2, 2015

We all have probably heard the unsupported global-warming-denier’s myth that taking action on global warming will result in loss of jobs and economic catastrophe. Refuting this myth Citibank (America’s third-largest bank) recently issued a report, “ENERGY DARWINISM II: … 0

Bos/My Turn: Message we’ve long ignored

Sunday, November 1, 2015

For its Jan. 2, 1989 issue, Time magazine chose, instead of its annual conventional “Man of the Year” cover for the year 1988, a graphic image of the Earth bound up in twine with the sun setting darkly in the background. The cover title read “Planet of the … 1

In the Arena: A different feel to this campaign

Thursday, October 29, 2015

There are often a lot of emotions flying around the weekend before a big election. Candidates have often told me that there is a certain release that occurs even as they run around trying to squeeze out every last vote possible. I think reporters, even the most seasoned … 0

Del Gallo/My Turn: My Styrofoam ban experience

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I share my experiences to encourage Greenfield residents to support the ban on styrofoam. On Oct. 13, the Pittsfield City Council voted to ban expanded polystyrene, commonly called “styrofoam,” by a 7-3 vote. I was the petitioner in this three-year effort. The most important lesson I learned in … 0