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In the Arena: Rethinking a Senate run

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Don’t call him “Sen. Mark.” At least, not yet. After initially taking himself out of the running, 2nd Berkshire state Rep. Paul Mark now says he’s pondering a run for the state Senate seat being vacated by Ben Downing, after 4th Berkshire Rep. Smitty Pignatelli took himself out of the race last week. “I’m thinking about it. That’s all at this point,” Mark … 0

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

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

Eiseman/My Turn: How to oppose the pipeline

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A simple step each of us can take to oppose the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Pipeline: file online as an intervenor in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceeding, by the Jan. 6 deadline. You do not need to live along the proposed route to intervene; … 2

Thwing/My Turn: My Wish for the Mohawk School District

Monday, December 28, 2015

Star light, star bright First star I see tonight I wish I may, I wish I might Have the wish I wish tonight. I have a dream. My dream is for a consolidated Mohawk Trail Regional School District with a single large campus, pre-­K through grade 12, where … 0

DiDonato/My Turn: ‘Public-private’ partnership best model for Wendell to get broadband

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Recently the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) released a statement categorically denying state funding to the proposed WiredWest cooperative without substantial, if not “fundamental,” changes to the WiredWest operating plan. The concerns MBI raised, including shared ownership of fiber assets and the ten-year requirement for towns to remain in … 0

Mathey/My Turn: Behind the flag

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The U.S Constitution does indeed allow the freedom of speech described in the 1st Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people … 0

Sayer/My Turn: Community health center model helps all

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Today’s healthcare landscape would have been almost unrecognizable 50 years ago. Miracle drugs and medical devices have changed how we approach everything from diagnostics to treatment. But one of the most fundamental differences isn’t one we can take or wear. It’s an approach that helped spark the entire … 0

Snedeker/My Turn: Don’t take one for the team

Monday, December 21, 2015

In light of FERC’s acceptance of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s application to construct the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline, it might be useful to bring the recent news of Kinder Morgan’s finances into focus. The sudden collapse of Kinder Morgan’s stock price and subsequent dividend cuts should not be … 2

Hootstein/My Turn: A drinking water threat

Friday, December 18, 2015

I’m a hydrogeologist who discovered a long time ago that I have a passion for protecting drinking water resources (like aquifers), and as they say, “follow your passion.” So, it may come as no surprise that I have become very interested in the proposed “fracked gas” pipeline. To … 4