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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 challenger Patty Morey Walker, that’s not the case this year. To me, the marquee race … 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 a picnic dinner with a stunning view of our beautiful valley, we decided to hike … 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 and make our voices heard loud and clear. Please, Sen. Rosenberg, be there and speak … 0

Carson/My Turn: Need for new senior center visible for all to see

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

All kinds of things happen as we age, things that we never imagined when we were 20, 40, or even 60. We gain weight we never expected, especially if we’re women. Other, less benign things happen. We develop chronic diseases or chronic pain. We fulfill our genetic destiny. … 0

Reid/My Turn: Our soldiers, our wars

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

In her My Turn Memorial Day column, “War’s many victims,” Pat Hynes writes “This national holiday, which honors soldiers who lost their lives in war, poses many complexities.” In his June 1 response, David Kearney counters “In my … 0

Blasiak/My Turn: Live within nature

Monday, June 15, 2015

Almost every day, The Recorder prints another article describing global warming as the greatest threat to the biologic health of the planet. It simply isn’t. Every animal species on earth strives to conform its surroundings into some vision of a personal ideal. Ants create tunnels in rotten logs … 1

Bos/My Turn: If the cartoon fits ...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Jan Norris, lamenting about “liberals and their double standards” in her June 2 letter, chastises The Recorder for running “a political cartoon bad-mouthing and demonizing Fox News (May 26) because of their bias to the right.” She wonders … 0

Mass/My Turn: Rights of the individual or Board of Health priorities?

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Board of Health recently adopted regulations becoming, effective July 1st, which prohibit people 18, 19 and 20 years old from purchasing tobacco products, banned flavored tobacco altogether and limit the number of locations where tobacco products can be sold. They argue that this is in the best … 0

In the Arena: Mass lone voice on right to buy tobacco

Thursday, June 11, 2015

As anyone who has read this column knows, I don’t like to make predictions. However, I’m prepared to break that rule when it comes to Wednesday’s Greenfield Town Council vote on Isaac Mass’ proposed tobacco control ordinance. It’s not only going to lose huge, but Isaac will be … 0

Boston/My Turn: Plastic ban worth your support

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Everyone agrees that plastic is a wonderful invention that has brought important possibilities into our lives — especially convenience. But like so many chemicals introduced into our daily lives, we only find out after dastardly consequences that they … 1

Charney/My Turn: High Maintenance

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Please take this five-minute survey. Be honest. Check only the ones that apply: ∎ You don’t travel light. You must prepare carefully for all eventualities including fluctuations of temperature and changes in occasions, from informal to formal. Plus you pack for all the “what-if’s” — stomachaches, sunburn, wind chill, … 0

Markens/My Turn: Pipeline all wrong for us

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) knows Kinder Morgan already has a pipeline in Massachusetts. It is known as the Tennessee Gas Pipeline in Southern Massachusetts and Kinder Morgan only purchased it a few years ago. It did not build that pipeline and THAT pipeline is likely … 1

Gran/My Turn: Heading to extinction

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Species extinction is common and inevitable, but the present extinction is exceptional. According to Endangered Species International, 99.9 percent of all species that have ever existed on Earth are extinct. Species have become extinct over time through a … 0