Scrip for tax avoidance

Sunday, November 29, 2015

You’ve got to hand it to pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc.: It’s managing to make Americans resent drug companies even more than they already did. The maker of Viagra and Lipitor is the latest to announce a merger that’s designed at least in part to escape high U.S. corporate tax rates. In a $160 … 0

Richardson/My Turn: Unpersuasive on pipeline

Sunday, November 29, 2015

An open letter to Kinder Morgan, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.: For the third time I have received a request to grant permission to survey our property. The deed for our land which is impacted by your proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline, references a conservation restriction. It was our intention, when we made an … 2

Hynes/My Turn: Climate change strategies

Friday, November 27, 2015

October 2015 shattered global warming records not only as the world’s warmest October on record but also because it was warmer by an unprecedented increase compared to past years. October signaled another signpost along the ominous global warming trajectory with its climate-induced disasters. Among these are five dire impacts: Global warming: The current … 1

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

Morehouse/My Turn: Child hunger is too real

Monday, October 26, 2015

Is child hunger a myth? Bill O’Reilly of the “O’Reilly Factor” certainly thinks so and said so earlier this month on Fox News. We have a serious societal challenge on our hands when there are people in important positions of influence who believe that children do not go … 0

Charney/My Turn: Wedding details

Sunday, October 25, 2015

It was a brilliant wedding. An outdoor event planned for mid-September, when so much can go wrong, but nothing did. The weather was at its Fall best. Even the ceremony, was illuminated by the sensuous slant of the autumn light. As the couple spoke their vows, a great … 0

In the Arena: Hot about heating system

Thursday, October 22, 2015

If the cost of political dysfunction could be translated into a dollar figure in Greenfield, today, that number would be $90,000. That is the price Greenfield taxpayers are being forced to pay to install a new heating system in the Davis Street School administration building, a structure that … 0

In the Arena: Case of special treatment for candidate?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

There is a certain advantage to political incumbency, assuming the candidate in question has a record worth running on. That is clearly the case in this year’s race for Greenfield mayor, where incumbent Bill Martin has gone to great lengths to tout the many economic development project’s his … 1

Amyot/My Turn: Back the water bottle ban

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

What if you discovered that one one-liter bottle of water costs 2,000 times more than a quart of water out of your own tap? And what if you figured out that buying one gallon of water in one-liter bottles costs more than double what a gallon of gasoline … 1

Hynes/My Turn: The push for un-natural gas

Monday, October 12, 2015

All that glitters is not gold. Take, for example, the word “natural.” Two-thirds of Americans wrongly think the word “natural” on a food label means it contains no artificial ingredients, pesticides or genetically engineered organisms, and no hormones or antibiotics in the case of meat, a 2014 Consumer … 0

Newman/My Turn: Yogi and me

Sunday, October 11, 2015

I miss Yogi Berra. A signed photograph of him, a Father’s Day gift from my wife Dale, hangs on a wall in my office, close to the one of Mickey Mantle, above the one of Bobby Kennedy, near … 0