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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

Wicks/My Turn: A welcome that’s no act

Monday, February 8, 2016

In late summer, I came to the Greenfield Community College campus to ask a few questions about an online course I was planning to take. But something changed during that visit. Surrounded by banners and posters proclaiming, “You Belong Here,” I felt myself say “yes, I do want to be here, not at home with my laptop.” Everything about that visit demonstrated inclusiveness, … 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

My Turn/Ruth Charney: For a safer community, we need to pay attention to fears expressed by our youth

Friday, January 1, 2016

A friend asked me if I was going to write a piece about the recent confederate flag incident in Greenfield. “No,” I said. Then thought yes, then no again. There have been several definitive pieces in the paper already, including a superb essay by Andy Mathey (12/26). But … 2