Cudnohufsky and Andrew/My Turn: Industrial wind an ill wind

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

When intelligent, value-centered fellow citizens, including good and gifted friends, continue to publicly promote industrial wind as a viable, green alternative energy source, we are disheartened. If one is willing to examine mounting evidence and well-researched analysis, industrial wind turbines simply cannot be justified. One example, the United Kingdom has announced spending billions of dollars on thousands of diesel generators critical to backing … 0

Garbus/My Turn: Our county’s charter school

Monday, November 23, 2015

As a Greenfield resident and principal of the Four Rivers Charter Public School, I’m hoping to clarify some issues related to public charter schools in a way that assumes the best intent of all involved, even though opinions might differ. A number of things reportedly said at a recent Greenfield School Committee meeting (“Board backs hold on new charter schools,” Recorder Nov. 13) … 0

Gran/My Turn: Climate needs commitment

Sunday, November 22, 2015

C urrent commitments from nations to the Paris climate conference are inadequate to meet the challenge of keeping average global temperature change below 2 degrees Celsius (2C) — the not-to-exceed temperature increase above pre-industrial level agreed to at the 2009 Copenhagen conference. Instead we are headed toward catastrophic and irreversible warming of 4 … 3

Charney/My Turn: Wedding details

Sunday, October 25, 2015

It was a brilliant wedding. An outdoor event planned for mid-September, when so much can go wrong, but nothing did. The weather was at its Fall best. Even the ceremony, was illuminated by the sensuous slant of the autumn light. As the couple spoke their vows, a great … 0

In the Arena: Hot about heating system

Thursday, October 22, 2015

If the cost of political dysfunction could be translated into a dollar figure in Greenfield, today, that number would be $90,000. That is the price Greenfield taxpayers are being forced to pay to install a new heating system in the Davis Street School administration building, a structure that … 0

In the Arena: Case of special treatment for candidate?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

There is a certain advantage to political incumbency, assuming the candidate in question has a record worth running on. That is clearly the case in this year’s race for Greenfield mayor, where incumbent Bill Martin has gone to great lengths to tout the many economic development project’s his … 1

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 … 1

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 … 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 … 0

Culleny: Same old tragic story

Friday, October 9, 2015

Turn on the news: it’s a tape loop. It’s beyond our power to change. This is the talk of some politicians about gun blood. Presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) thinks it’s unfixable. Following the latest massacre in Oregon … 0

In the Arena: A roguish point of view

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Is Isaac Mass becoming the Sarah Palin of Greenfield politics? It has been suggested by some people who are not exactly fans of Isaac that his recent public comments on the town’s new tobacco regulations and the debate over regulating wood stoves are indicative of his propensity for … 0

Greene/My Turn: Giving up plastic bags

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

As the November election approaches, and with it, the three referendum questions on plastics, it has come to my attention that there are some misgivings out there about what these questions might bring. First, let us remember that the ballot questions are very broad and they are nonbinding. … 0

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 … 0