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Earles/My Turn: A critical qualification

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The (Massachusetts) Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) oversees numerous boards of registration that license and regulate hundreds of thousands of individuals and businesses to practice trades and professions in Massachusetts. Their mission is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by licensing qualified individuals and businesses to provide services to consumers. Accordingly, DPL licenses several categories of mental health professionals such as … 0

Barnett/My Turn: Here’s the Hampshire Council of Government’s explanation

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Recorder recently editorialized that the Hampshire Council of Governments has “plenty of explaining to do” with regard to the recent decision of the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to deny 35 western Massachusetts municipal electricity aggregation petitions. The council sponsored the petitions in question. Our explanations follow. The council is both disappointed and disturbed by the DPU decision, issued roughly three weeks … 0

Gran/My Turn: Continuing to feel the heat

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A recent study concludes 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the current internationally accepted “safe” limit for global warming above preindustrial temperature, is “highly dangerous” and requires “emergency cooperation among nations” to avoid. Lead author James Hansen, formerly head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and 16 coauthors (top scientists in their … 2

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

Brown/My Turn: Trump’s all about ego, power

Monday, August 31, 2015

Once upon a time, a man with a loud voice and goofy hair wanted to become the leader of his country. Although some people knew he was an uncouth boor, he was a master of spectacle and moved … 6

In the Arena: Greenfield's tax-rate reduction

Thursday, August 27, 2015

If I were a Greenfield taxpayer — and there’s many reasons why I’m not — the question I’d be asking in the wake of last week’s Town Council meeting is: What did my government just spend $1.4 million on? The council voted to go along with Mayor Bill … 1

Bos/My Turn: Dream becomes nightmare

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence that proclaims, “all men are created equal” with the right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The American Dream is the national ethos of America, a … 0

Hazard/My Turn: The right power connection for Greenfield

Monday, August 24, 2015

Are you struggling to decide what is the best deal for electricity? If you are like me, a Greenfield resident, you get annoying calls offering you “a better deal than you have today.” So, what to do? For me, the decision is easy. I’m sticking with Greenfield Light … 0

Burton/My Turn: In the pipeline’s path

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Knitting together two recent Recorder stories on the proposed pipeline (“Pipeline Opponents’ Eyes Turn to Otis,” Aug. 8, and “Certain wildlife species could benefit from pipeline, while others suffer,” Aug. 11), I’m commenting from the perspective of a … 0

Norman/My Turn: Interjecting self interests

Friday, August 21, 2015

On Aug. 11, The Recorder ran a front-page story with this headline: “Big box proponents can send comments to court.” The article suggested that anyone in favor of big boxes could “submit comments about the project” to a “local lawyer,” Issac J. Mass, or directly to the clerk … 0