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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

Magee and Pike/My Turn: Senator, hear us, join us

Monday, July 27, 2015

Dear Sen. Stan Rosenberg: Now is not the time to postpone next Wednesday’s FERC meeting at Greenfield Middle School. We invite thousands of citizens to be at the school at 195 Federal St. at 5 p.m., before the hearing at 6:30 p.m., to show support against the pipeline and make our voices heard loud and clear. Please, Sen. Rosenberg, be there and speak … 0

In the Arena: Plastics ban could be on ballot

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Greenfield residents may have more than just contested races in the first November election in the town’s history. A referendum question banning the use of small plastic water bottles and single-use plastic bags may also find its way onto the ballot, provided the proponents are able to secure the 500-plus signatures needed to put it there. “I, personally, support this, but there are … 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

Simms/My Turn: Our climate reality

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On April 28, Cardinal Peter Turkson, released the following statement, “In our recklessness, we are traversing some of the planet’s most fundamental natural boundaries, and the lesson from the Garden of Eden still rings true today: pride, hubris, … 1

Swinerton/My Turn: Here come the Clintons

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I agree with a recent letter suggesting that John Kasich from Ohio would be a very qualified candidate for president. He has experience both in Congress and as a governor. In a nationwide election, he’s from the all … 0