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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

Meyer/My Turn: Disturbing change of course

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vermont Yankee, the last of the region’s nuclear plants, will close in December. In response, GDF-Suez FirstLight’s Nortfield Mountain Pumped Storage plant is looking to change its stripes. On June 27, it applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a “temporary” license amendment to allow it broad … 0

In the Arena: Sharing thoughts

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Nobody asked me but ... Greenfield Deputy Police Chief Mark Williams? Wow. I didn’t see that one coming. ∎ Sign of the times — Greenfield schools will have a truancy officer this year. An unfortunate, but necessary move. ∎ It looks like the Greenfield School Committee has decided to take … 0

Keith/My Turn: Different calculations

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In chiding us to “Do some energy math” (My Turn, July 24), James Bates miscalculates. Above all, he assumes a zero sum. “If you are anti-CO2, anti-nuclear, anti-methane, then you must be for darkness.” No one who exhales … 2

Warren: We can do better

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Massachusetts has distinguished itself as a state with a strong and enduring commitment to environmental conservation, a commitment evidenced in the wetlands, forests, waters, and state and private conservation lands that run from our coastline to the Berkshires. … 0

Bos/My Turn: Fighting back

Monday, August 18, 2014

In my previous column (Aug. 12) I quoted Bill Moyers, who has written that “Democracy is not a lie. What’s right and good doesn’t come naturally. You have to stand up and fight for it — as if the cause depends on you, because it does.” How can … 0

Blagg: Rules of engagement

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The phrase “rules of engagement” — or ROE — is a familiar one to soldiers and police officers around the world. The rules, which should be drilled into anyone going into combat, or who routinely carries a weapon … 0

Hynes/My Turn: Terror unleashed

Friday, August 15, 2014

On the recent anniversary of the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nine countries — the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea — possess the capability to annihilate the human … 1

In the Arena: Further study required

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The “dog days” of summer are underway for the Greenfield Town Council. The “closer to your grandfather’s” council is going to be busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger over the next couple of months as it tackles a huge number of issues, including ordinances on parking and a … 0

Culleny: The song remains the same

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I read an essay recently by John Michael Greer in his blog, The Archdruid Report. It ends with this: “(now) I’ll … return to the ordinary business of chronicling the decline and fall of industrial civilization.” Ominously, the essay ends there after Greer has run through what he … 0

Giamberardino and Pieters: Strike out smokeless tobacco

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It’s something that’s too familiar. And, sadly, too often are the outcomes. During any major league baseball game, players can be seen with their cheeks extended and a dark fluid being spit out of their mouths. It’s a … 0