Columns

Meyer/My Turn: Sucking out the river’s life

Monday, August 3, 2015

Whether it’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing for a sprawling gas pipeline or a cluster of power projects on the Connecticut River, the public isn’t getting the accountability and voice it’s entitled to. That hit me after contacting Tobey Stover from the U.S. EPA’s Region 1 Offices about GDF-Suez FirstLight’s Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Station. I called the Environmental Protection Agency because FirstLight … 0

Tillberg/My Turn: I’m game for turning debate into tourney

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Republicans are in a bind, what with 16 presidential aspirants trying desperately to squeeze onto one debate stage. The organizer for the first debate has sought to manage the affair by arbitrarily selecting the “top ten” candidates based somehow on polling. Of course, 10 is an arbitrary number (why not nine, or 11?) and polls (which polls, how current, how standardized?) with … 0

In the Arena: Keep an eye on this Town Council race

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The stage is set for Greenfield’s fall electoral juggernaut and the number of potential angles to pursue between now and November has your faithful reporter almost giddy with anticipation. Ordinarily, the most interesting race would be for mayor, but with all due respect to incumbent Bill Martin and challenger Patty Morey Walker, that’s not the case this year. To me, the marquee race … 0

Andrews/My Turn: Hear what western Mass. says

Friday, June 19, 2015

Thank you to the state Department of Public Utilities for being in western Mass. to gather knowledge and input from citizens on the Kinder Morgan pipeline and Berkshire Gas Company’s request for additional capacity. Massachusetts leads in democracy and government only when government leaders serve the people and … 1

In the Arena: School Committee follies

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I’ve seen some pathetic displays in my time, but few to rival what occurred at the Greenfield School Committee meeting. I’m not going to rehash everything that happened — or, more appropriately, didn’t happen — in that nearly five-hour opus, but I highly recommend that voters take the … 0

Carson/My Turn: Need for new senior center visible for all to see

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

All kinds of things happen as we age, things that we never imagined when we were 20, 40, or even 60. We gain weight we never expected, especially if we’re women. Other, less benign things happen. We develop chronic diseases or chronic pain. We fulfill our genetic destiny. … 0

Reid/My Turn: Our soldiers, our wars

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

In her My Turn Memorial Day column, “War’s many victims,” Pat Hynes writes “This national holiday, which honors soldiers who lost their lives in war, poses many complexities.” In his June 1 response, David Kearney counters “In my … 0

Blasiak/My Turn: Live within nature

Monday, June 15, 2015

Almost every day, The Recorder prints another article describing global warming as the greatest threat to the biologic health of the planet. It simply isn’t. Every animal species on earth strives to conform its surroundings into some vision of a personal ideal. Ants create tunnels in rotten logs … 1

Bos/My Turn: If the cartoon fits ...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Jan Norris, lamenting about “liberals and their double standards” in her June 2 letter, chastises The Recorder for running “a political cartoon bad-mouthing and demonizing Fox News (May 26) because of their bias to the right.” She wonders … 0

Mass/My Turn: Rights of the individual or Board of Health priorities?

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Board of Health recently adopted regulations becoming, effective July 1st, which prohibit people 18, 19 and 20 years old from purchasing tobacco products, banned flavored tobacco altogether and limit the number of locations where tobacco products can be sold. They argue that this is in the best … 0

In the Arena: Mass lone voice on right to buy tobacco

Thursday, June 11, 2015

As anyone who has read this column knows, I don’t like to make predictions. However, I’m prepared to break that rule when it comes to Wednesday’s Greenfield Town Council vote on Isaac Mass’ proposed tobacco control ordinance. It’s not only going to lose huge, but Isaac will be … 0

Boston/My Turn: Plastic ban worth your support

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Everyone agrees that plastic is a wonderful invention that has brought important possibilities into our lives — especially convenience. But like so many chemicals introduced into our daily lives, we only find out after dastardly consequences that they … 1

Charney/My Turn: High Maintenance

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Please take this five-minute survey. Be honest. Check only the ones that apply: ∎ You don’t travel light. You must prepare carefully for all eventualities including fluctuations of temperature and changes in occasions, from informal to formal. Plus you pack for all the “what-if’s” — stomachaches, sunburn, wind chill, … 0