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In the Arena: Rosenberg’s road ahead

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A few quick hitters as we prepare to say adios to the summer of 2015. Senate President Stan Rosenberg appears to have taken to heart the criticism over his perceived silence regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline. After months of trying to ride down the middle of the road, Rosenberg has recently made a series of very strong statements on the … 0

Eiseman/My Turn: The pipeline PR pitch

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

If you watch television, you’ve probably noticed the ads trying to link support for renewable energy with support for new gas pipelines. Featuring bona fide New Englanders smiling in the wind and sunshine, these ads are from the Coalition to Lower Energy Costs, a group partially funded by Kinder Morgan and orchestrated by Tony Buxton, lobbyist and lawyer for Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas … 1

Brown/My Turn: Trump’s all about ego, power

Monday, August 31, 2015

Once upon a time, a man with a loud voice and goofy hair wanted to become the leader of his country. Although some people knew he was an uncouth boor, he was a master of spectacle and moved crowds with his charismatic voice. The newspapers and radio of the day gave him unlimited … 5

In the Arena: Talk doesn't add up

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The town of Greenfield has come through another budget process largely unscathed, but you’d never know it based on the comments of some of those who passed it into law. Precinct 4 Councilor Steve Ronhave agreed to support Mayor Bill Martin’s $46.5 million spending plan, but not before … 0

Hollins/My Turn: Managing School Choice

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Voters should keep an eye on School Choice issues. It’s the law of education today and it’s important. The state estimates Greenfield’s choice costs next year, for example, at $3.3 million to charter schools and neighboring public school districts. At this rate, voters will raise $33 million to … 0

Bos/My Turn: Religion and science

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Pope Francis, in his papal encyclical “Laudato Si” (“Be Praised”) on June 18, called for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century. In the June … 0

In the Arena: Question-raising issues

Thursday, July 2, 2015

It’s the job of any good journalist to write stories that answer the questions uppermost in the minds of their readers, listeners and viewers. But every once in a while, we stumble across stories that leave us asking questions not easily answered. Let’s consider a few from just … 0

Rosenberg/My Turn: Massachusetts helped lead the way

Thursday, July 2, 2015

In one historic 48-hour burst last week, the Supreme Court affirmed what we here in the commonwealth know well: Massachusetts is a trailblazer for equal rights and social justice in the country and the world. On Thursday, the court upheld the Affordable Care Act, a law that was … 1

Hynes/My Turn: History’s teachable moments on pipeline

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The dominant industry argument for the Tennessee Gas Co.’s proposed pipeline through western Massachusetts is that it will provide gas for Boston on peak demand winter days and smaller-scale gas needs in western Massachusetts. If we assume, for the sake of argument, that this is its true intent, … 0

Opinion: It wouldn’t hurt Obama to continue to push for gun reform

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — As we continue to mourn the latest mass murder and the president has expressed the anger and frustration that most of us feel, we all can just settle back to wait for the next atrocity and … 0

In the Arena: Health board chair out

Friday, June 26, 2015

Greenfield’s new tobacco regulations go into effect next week, on the same day one of its chief architects leaves office. Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin has announced that he will not reappoint current Board of Health Chairwoman Janina Thayer to the board, despite 17 years of service. “I’m shocked … 0

My Turn: Gran: Weather and climate

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A letter to The Recorder (May 18) Global Warming Crystal Ball expressed a common denier myth: “Meteorologists cannot even forecast the weather a month from now, yet these global warming alarmists can predict what the weather will be like in the coming decades. Amazing.” “This argument betrays a … 0

My Turn: Brown: Two national diseases, Gun Violence and Racism

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A month ago, I walked into a situation that left me badly shaken. I was picking up a small pepperoni at my favorite pizza joint here in Taos. As I waited at the counter for the take-out to … 0