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Jeffers/My Turn: The view from CSO management

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Clinical & Support Options Inc. (CSO) is a nonprofit behavioral health agency that serves more than 14,500 individuals and their families of the Pioneer Valley and employs more than 580 members of our communities. As you may know, some employees held a strike organized by the SEIU Local 509 (union) last week. As chief executive officer of CSO, it is difficult to see … 0

Meyer/My Turn: Sucking out the river’s life

Monday, August 3, 2015

Whether it’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing for a sprawling gas pipeline or a cluster of power projects on the Connecticut River, the public isn’t getting the accountability and voice it’s entitled to. That hit me after contacting Tobey Stover from the U.S. EPA’s Region 1 Offices about GDF-Suez FirstLight’s Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Station. I called the Environmental Protection Agency because FirstLight … 2

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

Charney/My Turn: High Maintenance

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Please take this five-minute survey. Be honest. Check only the ones that apply: ∎ You don’t travel light. You must prepare carefully for all eventualities including fluctuations of temperature and changes in occasions, from informal to formal. Plus you pack for all the “what-if’s” — stomachaches, sunburn, wind chill, … 0

Markens/My Turn: Pipeline all wrong for us

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) knows Kinder Morgan already has a pipeline in Massachusetts. It is known as the Tennessee Gas Pipeline in Southern Massachusetts and Kinder Morgan only purchased it a few years ago. It did not build that pipeline and THAT pipeline is likely … 1

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