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In the Arena: Pipeline politics

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The absolute worst position for any politician is to have accountability for an issue, but no power to change it. That may be exactly the situation local politicians find themselves in as the regulatory process moves forward regarding the Kinder Morgan Co.’s plan to string a natural gas pipeline through Franklin County sometime between now and 2018. “At this point, we’re not sure … 0

Mass/My Turn: Staking out my campaign

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My name is Isaac Mass and I want to be Greenfield’s next at-large town councilor. I believe in Greenfield and know it can be a more vibrant and prosperous city. I know if we focus on the priorities of the community, we can make our city grow and our people more satisfied. I believe in a community with a bustling downtown filled with … 0

Charney/My Turn: Strengthening keystones

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

“I’m a turtle grazer,” she says, introducing herself to the small audience who has come to learn about gopher turtles. Her audience titters. “Really,” she says, “that is my title. ” Turtle grazers carry their 10-pound charges to a designated area to absorb sunlight, investigate the grasses, socialize with other turtles and NOT escape. It’s part of their rehabilitation process before a safe … 0

Eiseman/My Turn: Stop this pipeline

Monday, March 24, 2014

In the last several weeks, landowners across the state — from the Berkshires to Essex County — have been contacted by representatives of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (“TGP,” a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.), for … 4

Blagg: Change leaves me all wet

Sunday, March 23, 2014

It’s a familiar situation. I pull up to a drive-in order kiosk, roll down my window to speak to the attendant and am greeted by a sheet of rain, sleet or snow, pouring in off my roof onto … 0

In the Arena: Connecting some faint dots

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ginning up concerns about potential tax increases can be an effective tactic when challenging an incumbent, something Greenfield Town Council candidate Isaac Mass clearly understands. Mass issued a press release earlier this week focusing on areas of tax policy where he and his opponent, Council President Mark Wisnewski, … 0

LoManto and Wilson/My Turn:Investing in the arts

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Art and culture have been central to the revitalization of Turners Falls and Franklin County. The last decade has seen a steady increase of economic activity generated by the arts, and more residents are participating in arts-related events. Not surprisingly, there has been a growing partnership between area … 0

Becklo/My Turn: Religion and science

Monday, March 17, 2014

I write in response to The Recorder’s Opinion Page (Feb. 24), which depicts in a political cartoon the age of enlightenment’s right of refusal to serve the anti-gay bigotry of certain religions, followed by Mr. Culleny’s invectives on the assault of reason by religion and its magical thinking … 0

Blagg: This doesn’t click with me

Sunday, March 16, 2014

It’s another one of those movie/TV cliches, one we’ve come to expect to see over and over again in various plots — and it’s totally false. Like the old exploding car riff or the “all sprinklers go off when I trip one” — baloney I’ve complained about before … 0

Allen/My Turn: Case for primary prevention

Friday, March 14, 2014

The recent flood of news about heroin and other opioid use in our area has been sobering, and the losses suffered have been tragic. In the face of this crisis, the community is fortunate to have the leadership of Register of Probate John Merrigan, Sheriff Chris Donelan and … 0

In the Arena: Erring on side of caution

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Greenfield residents concerned about the potential impact of proposed new ordinances regulating noise and nuisances and vacant properties shouldn’t get into a lather just yet. A pair of Greenfield Town Council subcommittees held separate public hearings on the two proposals, gatherings that are typically followed by a vote … 0

Garfield-Wright/My Turn: Think of the possibilities

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I was in Florida a month ago and was reading USA Today and under the state segment for Massachusetts saw the proposal for a four-day week at Mohawk Trail Regional School and was inspired by the idea and more inspired that USA Today chose to report this proposal … 1

Hynes/My Turn: Living with Fukushima

Monday, March 10, 2014

The media moved on, some time ago, from Fukushima and left most of us in the dark about this worsening nuclear tragedy, as if there is little more to mourn and no more lessons to learn. Three years … 1