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Culleny: Distracted by design

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Having grown up white in the fabulous, progressive bubble-America that followed World War II and began to shrink with the era of Ronald Reagan, it’s hard to adjust to the backwardness of our current domestic political scene. Yet that backwardness has always been there in the other world — the global world of … 0

Brown/My Turn: True co-existence

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The tired phrase “Honor Diversity” is an old standby in the Pioneer Valley, often voiced by local folks who live in all-white enclaves. It translates as, “Don’t act like a jerk when you encounter people different than yourself.” It’s easy to follow as long as those people are either a small minority or live somewhere else. True diversity exists in Taos, N.M. Anglos … 0

Wight/My Turn: We must act now on climate change

Monday, September 29, 2014

All Americans need to wake up now, make a small sacrifice to reduce their carbon footprint and put extreme pressure on Congress to pass a carbon tax on corporations only while simultaneously giving all corporations a tax break for using renewable energy to power their office buildings, factories and warehouses. Why? Because our Earth continues to heat up nonstop and over 50 percent … 0

Morehouse/My Turn: Acting on hunger

Friday, September 5, 2014

September is national Hunger Action Month. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the entire Feeding America nationwide network of 200-plus food banks have joined forces to raise awareness to fight hunger. Everyone has a unique opportunity to take action this month and make a difference in your … 0

In the Arena: ‘Unenrolled’ hold the key

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Massachusetts may not be quite as “blue” as we think it is and that may be good news for local candidates looking to take out a pair of entrenched incumbents this fall. According to numbers released this week by Secretary of State Bill Galvin, just over 35 percent … 1

Youngblood/My Turn: An energy education

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

At the Boston Common on July 30, anti-pipeline rallyers enthusiastically agreed that we must all “Say Yes: to a Fix-It-First pipeline policy”; to new storage tanks (not pipelines across green fields) for meeting peak energy demands; to jobs and job training for the future; to a level-playing field … 0

Kelly/My Turn: Join the protest

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Consider signing up on the bus and going to New York City on Sept. 21. This is the date of a giant protest March at the United Nations, calling for leadership and more powerful policies to address climate change. With your support, this is likely to be one … 0

Blagg: Railroad town at heart

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wow! That’s what I thought when I read the story in The Recorder about Gov. Patrick chugging into town on a special train to announce that the state is spending a pretty good chunk of money — $17 million, he said — to get ready for Amtrak’s Vermonter. … 0

Leach/My Turn: Energy emissions

Friday, August 29, 2014

Plans to expand the production of natural gas from shale formations in the United States and around the world may face an as-yet-unseen stumbling block. Atmospheric scientists are concerned that even small amounts of methane leakage from the production and use of natural gas could negate whatever environmental … 0

In the Arena: Ham-handed protest

Thursday, August 28, 2014

An otherwise conciliatory primary race in the 2nd Franklin District took a somewhat ugly turn this week, thanks to what appears to be a case of mistaken political identity. A half-dozen protesters gathered outside Athol Town Hall ostensibly to protest Republican candidate Susannah Whipps Lee, whom the protesters … 0

Gran/My Turn: The science/public gap

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A recent Global Trends 2014 survey of 20 countries by Ipsos MORI indicates that only 54 percent of Americans agree with the statement that “The climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity.” … 0

Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I have not jumped on the Stop-the-Pipeline bandwagon. Why? I am confident that there is a real and immediate need. All six New England governors declared a regional need. Locally, Berkshire Gas has testified that Franklin County has the most critical need. In addition to Berkshire Gas, 11 … 5

Blagg: New-age holy war

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Back in the year 613, when the Prophet Muhammad was preaching to the first few converts to what would become Islam, his message was one of peace. When he and his followers were expelled from Mecca, a small … 0