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In the Arena: Greenfield's tax-rate reduction

Thursday, August 27, 2015

If I were a Greenfield taxpayer — and there’s many reasons why I’m not — the question I’d be asking in the wake of last week’s Town Council meeting is: What did my government just spend $1.4 million on? The council voted to go along with Mayor Bill Martin’s plan to use that money to reduce a tax rate, which His Honor freely … 1

Bos/My Turn: Dream becomes nightmare

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence that proclaims, “all men are created equal” with the right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The American Dream is the national ethos of America, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an … 0

Hazard/My Turn: The right power connection for Greenfield

Monday, August 24, 2015

Are you struggling to decide what is the best deal for electricity? If you are like me, a Greenfield resident, you get annoying calls offering you “a better deal than you have today.” So, what to do? For me, the decision is easy. I’m sticking with Greenfield Light and Power (GL&P) — and that is exactly what I say to whoever calls me. … 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

Tillberg/My Turn: Dollars replace voters

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I was greatly impressed by the article in Thursday’s Recorder about how Republican presidential candidates have so cleverly reduced the confusion and waste inherent in our present system of identifying and selecting … themselves. I am referring, of course, to the article “Presidential rivals battle to win over … 0

Nestel/My Turn: At DPU hearing, effects of gas pipeline plan already painfully clear

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Opponents of the proposed Kinder Morgan Tennessee Gas Pipeline filled Greenfield Middle School to capacity on Thursday, June 11, when people of Franklin County and beyond had a chance to speak at a meeting called by the state Department of Public Utilities to hear public opinion regarding Berkshire … 1

Andrews/My Turn: Hear what western Mass. says

Friday, June 19, 2015

Thank you to the state Department of Public Utilities for being in western Mass. to gather knowledge and input from citizens on the Kinder Morgan pipeline and Berkshire Gas Company’s request for additional capacity. Massachusetts leads in democracy and government only when government leaders serve the people and … 1