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

Gran/My Turn: NASA corrects its error on climate sensitivity

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A recent article in The Guardian (Jan. 12) by Dana Nuccitelli, “NASA study fixes error in low contrarian climate sensitivity estimates,” discusses a NASA study published online in the journal Nature Climate Change Letters (Dec. 14, 2015). Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity (ECS) is defined as the amount of equilibrium warming expected from a doubling … 0

Mark/My Turn: Pardon Leonard Peltier

Friday, February 5, 2016

Leonard Peltier has been confined in prison for more than 40 years. He was charged with the shooting-death of two FBI agents, Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, in the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. However, the facts around his case show a dismal miscarriage of justice. It looks like the only way Leonard Peltier will be free to go home to friends and … 2

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

Morey Walker/My Turn: Expressing gratitude

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Now that the dust has settled after November’s election, I’m grateful for the opportunity to reflect on my Greenfield mayoral campaign. First off I would like to thank my family, Kate and my children, and my “family” from … 1

MyTurn/Hynes: We can’t depend on politicians to lead the fight against climate change

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Looking back on 2015, two international events rank as two of the most vital for the world’s future: the diplomatic agreement with Iran on nuclear weapons and the climate change forum in Paris. One succeeded, the other failed. Let’s examine the failure. Just weeks ago, 195 countries signed … 1