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Magee and Pike/My Turn: Senator, hear us, join us

Monday, July 27, 2015

Dear Sen. Stan Rosenberg: Now is not the time to postpone next Wednesday’s FERC meeting at Greenfield Middle School. We invite thousands of citizens to be at the school at 195 Federal St. at 5 p.m., before the hearing at 6:30 p.m., to show support against the pipeline and make our voices heard loud and clear. Please, Sen. Rosenberg, be there and speak … 0

In the Arena: Plastics ban could be on ballot

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Greenfield residents may have more than just contested races in the first November election in the town’s history. A referendum question banning the use of small plastic water bottles and single-use plastic bags may also find its way onto the ballot, provided the proponents are able to secure the 500-plus signatures needed to put it there. “I, personally, support this, but there are … 0

Brown/My Turn: Living with wildfires

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Several years ago, a resident of the tiny town of Arroyo Hondo, outside of Taos, N.M., did a rash and foolish thing. He was burning trash in a receptacle outside his house. At the time, a years-long drought had reduced much of surrounding forests to dry, combustible tinder. Sure enough, a spark flew into a nearby stand of trees and set them on … 0

Opinion: It wouldn’t hurt Obama to continue to push for gun reform

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — As we continue to mourn the latest mass murder and the president has expressed the anger and frustration that most of us feel, we all can just settle back to wait for the next atrocity and … 0

In the Arena: Health board chair out

Friday, June 26, 2015

Greenfield’s new tobacco regulations go into effect next week, on the same day one of its chief architects leaves office. Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin has announced that he will not reappoint current Board of Health Chairwoman Janina Thayer to the board, despite 17 years of service. “I’m shocked … 0

My Turn: Gran: Weather and climate

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A letter to The Recorder (May 18) Global Warming Crystal Ball expressed a common denier myth: “Meteorologists cannot even forecast the weather a month from now, yet these global warming alarmists can predict what the weather will be like in the coming decades. Amazing.” “This argument betrays a … 0

My Turn: Brown: Two national diseases, Gun Violence and Racism

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A month ago, I walked into a situation that left me badly shaken. I was picking up a small pepperoni at my favorite pizza joint here in Taos. As I waited at the counter for the take-out to … 0

Tillberg/My Turn: Dollars replace voters

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I was greatly impressed by the article in Thursday’s Recorder about how Republican presidential candidates have so cleverly reduced the confusion and waste inherent in our present system of identifying and selecting … themselves. I am referring, of course, to the article “Presidential rivals battle to win over … 0

Nestel/My Turn: At DPU hearing, effects of gas pipeline plan already painfully clear

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Opponents of the proposed Kinder Morgan Tennessee Gas Pipeline filled Greenfield Middle School to capacity on Thursday, June 11, when people of Franklin County and beyond had a chance to speak at a meeting called by the state Department of Public Utilities to hear public opinion regarding Berkshire … 1

Andrews/My Turn: Hear what western Mass. says

Friday, June 19, 2015

Thank you to the state Department of Public Utilities for being in western Mass. to gather knowledge and input from citizens on the Kinder Morgan pipeline and Berkshire Gas Company’s request for additional capacity. Massachusetts leads in democracy and government only when government leaders serve the people and … 1

In the Arena: School Committee follies

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I’ve seen some pathetic displays in my time, but few to rival what occurred at the Greenfield School Committee meeting. I’m not going to rehash everything that happened — or, more appropriately, didn’t happen — in that nearly five-hour opus, but I highly recommend that voters take the … 0

Carson/My Turn: Need for new senior center visible for all to see

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

All kinds of things happen as we age, things that we never imagined when we were 20, 40, or even 60. We gain weight we never expected, especially if we’re women. Other, less benign things happen. We develop chronic diseases or chronic pain. We fulfill our genetic destiny. … 0

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