Columns

Tillberg/My Turn: I’m game for turning debate into tourney

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Republicans are in a bind, what with 16 presidential aspirants trying desperately to squeeze onto one debate stage. The organizer for the first debate has sought to manage the affair by arbitrarily selecting the “top ten” candidates based somehow on polling. Of course, 10 is an arbitrary number (why not nine, or 11?) and polls (which polls, how current, how standardized?) with … 0

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

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

Greene and Chambers/My Turn: Why we fly ‘Black Lived Matter’ banner

Sunday, June 7, 2015

We have received feedback, some positive, some negative, about the #BlackLivesMatter banner hanging in front of our church, All Souls Unitarian Universalist. We would like to respond to those who have contacted us anonymously to let them know what this banner means to us. Most of the critical … 0

Eiseman/My Turn: A pipeline to the governor

Friday, June 5, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration need to hear from opponents of the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline en masse. There are numerous policy decisions being made and proceedings underway at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), that will have a direct impact on NED … 0

In the Arena: A plea for candidates

Thursday, June 4, 2015

We’re inching closer to the July 27 deadline for returning nomination papers for the Greenfield town election and it looks like the “left flank” is starting to get a bit nervous. Progressive activist Louise Amyot this week circulated an email to several like-minded residents urging them to consider … 0

Bos/My Turn: Our threatening nature

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I had a new experience two weeks ago. I was visiting my friend Tess in Valatie, N.Y., and at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, we drove to a Nature Conservancy habitat, the Lewis A. Swyer Preserve in Mill Creek. I was about to go on my very first bird … 0

Thornton/My Turn: The fault lines of a divided Iraq

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

In a CNN interview on May 26, Fareed Zakaria said, “Iraq does not exist as a country.” This is a good point to remember that the official boundaries of Iraq and Transjordan were the product of a sketch on tracing paper in 1918 drawn by a low-level British … 0

Charney/My Turn: Sharing vacation time

Monday, June 1, 2015

School vacation is the clarion call for grandparents. We are on deck. We are called to duty. We are eager, ready to do our bit even if a bit anxious. What will we do with our beloved grandchildren for an entire day, maybe even several entire days? We … 0

Ahearn/My Turn: Our area’s life saver

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The early morning of Dec. 30, 2014, seemed like any other, well, except for the strange pressure in my upper chest. I popped a couple of Tums, to no avail and had the same result with a baby aspirin. We’ve all heard that a heart attack feels like … 0

Thompson and Hutchins/My Turn: Biomass ordinance troubling

Friday, May 29, 2015

For several years, Greenfield has been wrestling with the question of biomass energy. A 2009 proposal by Madera Energy to build a biomass electricity plant was opposed by some residents and regional activists concerned with a slew of perceived threats. Plans for the facility were scrapped. In 2013, … 0

In the Arena: Kulik looks to tap into land-rich nonprofits

Thursday, May 28, 2015

My guess is state Rep. Steve Kulik probably won’t be getting many invitations to mixers on private school and college campuses in the foreseeable future. Kulik has filed “payment in lieu of taxes” legislation that would establish a mechanism for towns to charge nonprofit private institutions up to … 0