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 costs? How about if someone could show you all the chemicals that leach into the … 0

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 Reports survey reports. “Natural” is conflated with “safe and clean.” Analogously, we universally refer to … 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 the one of my late dad and our daughter Jo laughing together. The Yogi photograph … 0

Donnelly/My Turn: Tragic US policy failure

Friday, September 11, 2015

It is now undeniable that the “Arab Spring,” championed by neoconservatives and led by the U.S., has created a winter of chaos. Massive U.S. military power left broken states, shattered societies and death. In Iraq alone, as Mideast … 0

In the Arena: Not leaving without a fight

Thursday, September 10, 2015

I’ll admit it: I’m going to miss having Maryelen Calderwood on the Greenfield School Committee. I know that may shock some people, because we’ve had our differences, but it’s simply not going to be the same without “Lord Caldermort” holding the gavel on the first Wednesday of every … 0

Boston/My Turn: Planet over convenience

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Bud Foster is right, those single-use plastic bags sure do have lots of uses we have all gotten used to. And yes, Isaac is right, it would be good if we could all count on people to make good choices so we would not have to pass laws … 0

Sullivan/My Turn: Vigil’s story of pain and hope

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Two themes emerged at the vigil on Northampton’s Main Street to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic: heartbreak and resilience. The heartbreak was etched on the faces of the three mothers who stood before a crowd gathered in the growing darkness on the front lawn of First Churches. … 0

Donovan/My Turn: County leading the way on composting

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

This summer, we visited my sister and her family in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Every time I visit, I marvel at the plentiful recycling and compost bins in public spaces and businesses. Nova Scotia started collecting food and paper waste for composting at the residential curb … 0

Alpert/My Turn: Racism and institutional power go hand in hand

Monday, September 7, 2015

In a recent letter in the Recorder (“Defining racism,” Aug. 27), the writer said: “Racism is a belief that one race is superior to the other or the practice of treating a person or group of people differently … 1

Gran/My Turn: Crime of climate change

Sunday, September 6, 2015

In John Bos’ excellent My Turn “Religion and science” (July 6) he writes: “On the macro-level, decision makers charged with the authority to alter public policy and law in favor of our ecological future — and who refuse to do so — will be guilty of crimes against … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 3