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

In the Arena: Let’s lose the label

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The “old boy network.” It’s a term which has historically been thrown around a lot in Greenfield politics, but perhaps no more so than in this year’s race for Greenfield mayor, where the growing divide between the town’s “natives” and its “newcomers” seemed wider than ever. And at least one resident returning to elected office believes it’s a label that needs to go. … 0

Cudnohufsky and Andrew/My Turn: Industrial wind an ill wind

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

When intelligent, value-centered fellow citizens, including good and gifted friends, continue to publicly promote industrial wind as a viable, green alternative energy source, we are disheartened. If one is willing to examine mounting evidence and well-researched analysis, industrial wind turbines simply cannot be justified. One example, the United Kingdom has announced spending billions of dollars on thousands of diesel generators critical to backing … 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

Proujansky/My Turn: Meeting our energy ‘needs’

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The biggest issue concerning the proposed pipeline is the issue of need. I believe that the issue of need is a fabrication and that the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline is therefore no more than an attempt to steal land for corporate profit and it must be stopped. Let … 2

Lavin-Williams/My Turn: Light the Night for Jenna

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cancer has touched my life several times over — it has taken loved ones from me and put my family through hell. Its tentacles are far-reaching and it does not discriminate. It seems to grab at anyone it … 0