Culleny: Same old tragic story

Friday, October 9, 2015

Turn on the news: it’s a tape loop. It’s beyond our power to change. This is the talk of some politicians about gun blood. Presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) thinks it’s unfixable. Following the latest massacre in Oregon he said, “That’s the way the world works, and that’s the way the world always … 0

In the Arena: A roguish point of view

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Is Isaac Mass becoming the Sarah Palin of Greenfield politics? It has been suggested by some people who are not exactly fans of Isaac that his recent public comments on the town’s new tobacco regulations and the debate over regulating wood stoves are indicative of his propensity for “going rogue,” a distinction that Mass acknowledges has some merit. “I’m in the minority on … 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. What that means is that the voters are being asked their opinion on these three … 0

Sobek/My Turn: Governor, join our effort against pipeline

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The following is a letter submitted to Gov. Charlie Baker and was presented as testimony at The Energy Facilities Siting Board hearing on Aug. 5 at Greenfield Community College. Dear Gov. Baker, I am writing to you to voice my opposition to the proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) … 1

Gran/My Turn: No pause in global warming

Monday, August 10, 2015

An article in Science News June 27, “Global warming ‘hiatus’” an artifact states: “One of the biggest mysteries of modern climate science may have never really existed …” This refers to a paper published June 4, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the journal Science, … 0

Lash/Column: Generate more solar

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The sun will soon set on solar job creation in Massachusetts if lawmakers don’t turn up the heat. Net metering, a mechanism allowing customers to offset consumption by selling excess power their solar electrical systems produce back to the utility grid, is in the crosshairs. It is a … 1

Tillburg/My Turn: Tax holiday no holiday

Sunday, August 9, 2015

I read the editorial (July 30) regarding the proposed August tax holiday with concern. The editorial spent two columns discussing retail sales taxes without once discussing why we have taxes: To pay for services provided! Sen. Bob Hedlund of Weymouth, a member of the corporation that provides these … 0

In the Arena: A FERC hearing review

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The feds came to Greenfield last week, ostensibly to find out what the residents of Franklin County think about the potential environmental impact of a natural gas pipeline that seems more inevitable with each passing day. With that reality looming, it’s kind of hard to view that Federal … 2

Hynes/My Turn: A fatal decision’s legacy

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Aug. 6 and 9 mark the 70th anniversary of the United States dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This mass destruction of civilians — not military targets, as President Truman alleged — has … 2

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

In the Arena: Keep an eye on this Town Council race

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The stage is set for Greenfield’s fall electoral juggernaut and the number of potential angles to pursue between now and November has your faithful reporter almost giddy with anticipation. Ordinarily, the most interesting race would be for mayor, but with all due respect to incumbent Bill Martin and … 0