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Bos/My Turn: Religion and science

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Pope Francis, in his papal encyclical “Laudato Si” (“Be Praised”) on June 18, called for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century. In the June 20 edition of The Recorder, Pastor Gary Bourbeau makes a case for intelligent design — … 0

In the Arena: Question-raising issues

Thursday, July 2, 2015

It’s the job of any good journalist to write stories that answer the questions uppermost in the minds of their readers, listeners and viewers. But every once in a while, we stumble across stories that leave us asking questions not easily answered. Let’s consider a few from just this past week. ∎ Does Stan Rosenberg secretly want to be a Republican? Probably not, but … 0

Rosenberg/My Turn: Massachusetts helped lead the way

Thursday, July 2, 2015

In one historic 48-hour burst last week, the Supreme Court affirmed what we here in the commonwealth know well: Massachusetts is a trailblazer for equal rights and social justice in the country and the world. On Thursday, the court upheld the Affordable Care Act, a law that was of course modeled on the health care bill we passed here nearly a decade ago. … 1

Eiseman/My Turn: A pipeline to the governor

Friday, June 5, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration need to hear from opponents of the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline en masse. There are numerous policy decisions being made and proceedings underway at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), that will have a direct impact on NED … 0

In the Arena: A plea for candidates

Thursday, June 4, 2015

We’re inching closer to the July 27 deadline for returning nomination papers for the Greenfield town election and it looks like the “left flank” is starting to get a bit nervous. Progressive activist Louise Amyot this week circulated an email to several like-minded residents urging them to consider … 0

Bos/My Turn: Our threatening nature

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I had a new experience two weeks ago. I was visiting my friend Tess in Valatie, N.Y., and at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, we drove to a Nature Conservancy habitat, the Lewis A. Swyer Preserve in Mill Creek. I was about to go on my very first bird … 0

Thornton/My Turn: The fault lines of a divided Iraq

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

In a CNN interview on May 26, Fareed Zakaria said, “Iraq does not exist as a country.” This is a good point to remember that the official boundaries of Iraq and Transjordan were the product of a sketch on tracing paper in 1918 drawn by a low-level British … 0

Charney/My Turn: Sharing vacation time

Monday, June 1, 2015

School vacation is the clarion call for grandparents. We are on deck. We are called to duty. We are eager, ready to do our bit even if a bit anxious. What will we do with our beloved grandchildren for an entire day, maybe even several entire days? We … 0

Ahearn/My Turn: Our area’s life saver

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The early morning of Dec. 30, 2014, seemed like any other, well, except for the strange pressure in my upper chest. I popped a couple of Tums, to no avail and had the same result with a baby aspirin. We’ve all heard that a heart attack feels like … 0

Thompson and Hutchins/My Turn: Biomass ordinance troubling

Friday, May 29, 2015

For several years, Greenfield has been wrestling with the question of biomass energy. A 2009 proposal by Madera Energy to build a biomass electricity plant was opposed by some residents and regional activists concerned with a slew of perceived threats. Plans for the facility were scrapped. In 2013, … 0

In the Arena: Kulik looks to tap into land-rich nonprofits

Thursday, May 28, 2015

My guess is state Rep. Steve Kulik probably won’t be getting many invitations to mixers on private school and college campuses in the foreseeable future. Kulik has filed “payment in lieu of taxes” legislation that would establish a mechanism for towns to charge nonprofit private institutions up to … 0

Simms/My Turn: Our climate reality

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On April 28, Cardinal Peter Turkson, released the following statement, “In our recklessness, we are traversing some of the planet’s most fundamental natural boundaries, and the lesson from the Garden of Eden still rings true today: pride, hubris, … 1

Swinerton/My Turn: Here come the Clintons

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I agree with a recent letter suggesting that John Kasich from Ohio would be a very qualified candidate for president. He has experience both in Congress and as a governor. In a nationwide election, he’s from the all … 0