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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 a discussion on the environmental impacts of the use of home wood burning devices, something … 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 troubling feature of Church culture: its paternalism toward women. When a woman makes the difficult … 3

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 political campaigns as they seek two of the three, four-year school board seats up for … 0

Charney/My Turn: Keeping fears from closing off our world

Monday, August 17, 2015

“What is this?” my husband asked, pointing to an inflamed welt on his leg. He sounded rather puzzled, more so than expected. After all, he knows the score. He can interpret that telltale bullseye. “Tick bite,” I said, with all the authority my nonmedical credentials could muster. “You … 0

Blixt/My Turn: The UMass shell game

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Recorder makes a good point (Aug. 6) in insisting that students must be the ultimate beneficiaries of any increases in state funding to the UMass system. Students are (or should be) what the UMass endeavor is all about and they have too often been the victims of … 0

Wulkan/My Turn: Paying a ‘fair share’ in Mass.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Working people in Massachusetts made two important gains last year when voters passed a measure guaranteeing earned sick time and the Legislature voted to increase the minimum wage. The same broad coalition of religious, labor and community groups that sponsored those initiatives is now aiming to improve funding … 0

In the Arena: New gauge for plastic bans

Thursday, August 13, 2015

It looks like Greenfield residents won’t be voting on a binding plastic bag ban question this fall, but that doesn’t mean the issue is going away. The Greenfield Town Council Wednesday will consider placing three, nonbinding questions on the November ballot asking voters if they favor a ban … 0

Sobek/My Turn: Governor, join our effort against pipeline

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The following is a letter submitted to Gov. Charlie Baker and was presented as testimony at The Energy Facilities Siting Board hearing on Aug. 5 at Greenfield Community College. Dear Gov. Baker, I am writing to you to voice my opposition to the proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) … 1

Gran/My Turn: No pause in global warming

Monday, August 10, 2015

An article in Science News June 27, “Global warming ‘hiatus’” an artifact states: “One of the biggest mysteries of modern climate science may have never really existed …” This refers to a paper published June 4, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the journal Science, … 0

Lash/Column: Generate more solar

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The sun will soon set on solar job creation in Massachusetts if lawmakers don’t turn up the heat. Net metering, a mechanism allowing customers to offset consumption by selling excess power their solar electrical systems produce back to the utility grid, is in the crosshairs. It is a … 1

Tillburg/My Turn: Tax holiday no holiday

Sunday, August 9, 2015

I read the editorial (July 30) regarding the proposed August tax holiday with concern. The editorial spent two columns discussing retail sales taxes without once discussing why we have taxes: To pay for services provided! Sen. Bob Hedlund of Weymouth, a member of the corporation that provides these … 0

In the Arena: A FERC hearing review

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The feds came to Greenfield last week, ostensibly to find out what the residents of Franklin County think about the potential environmental impact of a natural gas pipeline that seems more inevitable with each passing day. With that reality looming, it’s kind of hard to view that Federal … 2

Hynes/My Turn: A fatal decision’s legacy

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Aug. 6 and 9 mark the 70th anniversary of the United States dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This mass destruction of civilians — not military targets, as President Truman alleged — has … 2