Scrip for tax avoidance

Sunday, November 29, 2015

You’ve got to hand it to pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc.: It’s managing to make Americans resent drug companies even more than they already did. The maker of Viagra and Lipitor is the latest to announce a merger that’s designed at least in part to escape high U.S. corporate tax rates. In a $160 … 0

Richardson/My Turn: Unpersuasive on pipeline

Sunday, November 29, 2015

An open letter to Kinder Morgan, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.: For the third time I have received a request to grant permission to survey our property. The deed for our land which is impacted by your proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline, references a conservation restriction. It was our intention, when we made an … 2

Hynes/My Turn: Climate change strategies

Friday, November 27, 2015

October 2015 shattered global warming records not only as the world’s warmest October on record but also because it was warmer by an unprecedented increase compared to past years. October signaled another signpost along the ominous global warming trajectory with its climate-induced disasters. Among these are five dire impacts: Global warming: The current … 1

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

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. … 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 … 2

In the Arena: Clearing the air

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It always amazes me how people can attend the same meeting and come out with a completely different version of what happened. The latest example occurred this week following a Greenfield Town Council subcommittee forum on home wood stoves and chimneys. The Monday night gathering was billed as … 0

Reid/My Turn: The Church’s paternalism toward women

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pope Francis’s recent easing of the Roman Catholic Church’s policy of automatic excommunication for women who have had an abortion bespeaks his compassionate nature that has already endeared him to many. But it draws attention to a deeply … 6

In the Arena: Skipping debates

Thursday, September 24, 2015

It looks like 2015 is going to be the year of the “nonpolitician” in Greenfield. Greenfield School Committee candidates Jesse McMillian and Cameron Ward took to Facebook last week — and, Ward’s case, the pages of The Recorder — to announce that they would not be running traditional … 0

Sullivan/My Turn: Taking prescription drugs out of equation

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Would you keep an unlocked gun in your home? Of course not, that’s too dangerous. There is too much potential for that gun to get into small or curious hands, resulting in a catastrophic accident. By the same token, you should not keep prescription medications in an unlocked … 0