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Kommel-Bernstein/My Turn: In defense of dispatch

Friday, September 4, 2015

I spent five years of my as an emergency dispatcher, and in that time, I rarely felt as though my job was understood, appreciated or valued. That was OK, though, because I did not do it for recognition or praise; I did it because I was performing invaluable service to my officers, my firefighters and my community. And I loved the job. As … 0

In the Arena: Rosenberg’s road ahead

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A few quick hitters as we prepare to say adios to the summer of 2015. Senate President Stan Rosenberg appears to have taken to heart the criticism over his perceived silence regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline. After months of trying to ride down the middle of the road, Rosenberg has recently made a series of very strong statements on the … 0

Eiseman/My Turn: The pipeline PR pitch

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

If you watch television, you’ve probably noticed the ads trying to link support for renewable energy with support for new gas pipelines. Featuring bona fide New Englanders smiling in the wind and sunshine, these ads are from the Coalition to Lower Energy Costs, a group partially funded by Kinder Morgan and orchestrated by Tony Buxton, lobbyist and lawyer for Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas … 1

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 … 2

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 … 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 … 0

Brewster/My Turn: To our rescue

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Although the news reports about the woman and child stranded on Mount Sugarloaf kindly kept us anonymous, I wanted to publicly thank the people who rescued my 4-year-old son and me on a recent Wednesday night. We’re not experienced hikers, but after walking the paved road up for … 0

Magee and Pike/My Turn: Senator, hear us, join us

Monday, July 27, 2015

Dear Sen. Stan Rosenberg: Now is not the time to postpone next Wednesday’s FERC meeting at Greenfield Middle School. We invite thousands of citizens to be at the school at 195 Federal St. at 5 p.m., before the hearing at 6:30 p.m., to show support against the pipeline … 0

In the Arena: Plastics ban could be on ballot

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Greenfield residents may have more than just contested races in the first November election in the town’s history. A referendum question banning the use of small plastic water bottles and single-use plastic bags may also find its way onto the ballot, provided the proponents are able to secure … 0

Brown/My Turn: Living with wildfires

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Several years ago, a resident of the tiny town of Arroyo Hondo, outside of Taos, N.M., did a rash and foolish thing. He was burning trash in a receptacle outside his house. At the time, a years-long drought had reduced much of surrounding forests to dry, combustible tinder. … 0

Nestel/My Turn: Sen. Rosenberg, add your voice

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dear Sen. Rosenberg: The Nuclear & Carbon-Free Future Coalition of Western Massachusetts writes to thank you for advocating for the recent Department of Public Utilities (DPU) hearing that was held in Greenfield regarding Berkshire Gas Company and the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline that would come through Massachusetts, including … 0

Rosenberg/My Turn: Rewarding hard work

Monday, July 20, 2015

T he state Legislature recently took an important step toward reducing income inequality by voting to increase the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit — a tax benefit for those making $50,000 or less — for the first time since the credit was created 18 years ago. As an … 0

Letourneau-Therrien/My Turn: What’s working with local teens

Friday, July 17, 2015

I want to discuss three commonly held beliefs about smoking, drugs and alcohol. One is that smoking, drinking and drug use is rampant among teens and young adults. A second is that young people are going to drink, smoke and use drugs anyway, so attempts by governments and … 0