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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: School Committee follies

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I’ve seen some pathetic displays in my time, but few to rival what occurred at the Greenfield School Committee meeting. I’m not going to rehash everything that happened — or, more appropriately, didn’t happen — in that nearly five-hour opus, but I highly recommend that voters take the … 0

Carson/My Turn: Need for new senior center visible for all to see

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

All kinds of things happen as we age, things that we never imagined when we were 20, 40, or even 60. We gain weight we never expected, especially if we’re women. Other, less benign things happen. We develop chronic diseases or chronic pain. We fulfill our genetic destiny. … 0

Reid/My Turn: Our soldiers, our wars

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

In her My Turn Memorial Day column, “War’s many victims,” Pat Hynes writes “This national holiday, which honors soldiers who lost their lives in war, poses many complexities.” In his June 1 response, David Kearney counters “In my … 0

Blasiak/My Turn: Live within nature

Monday, June 15, 2015

Almost every day, The Recorder prints another article describing global warming as the greatest threat to the biologic health of the planet. It simply isn’t. Every animal species on earth strives to conform its surroundings into some vision of a personal ideal. Ants create tunnels in rotten logs … 1

Bos/My Turn: If the cartoon fits ...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Jan Norris, lamenting about “liberals and their double standards” in her June 2 letter, chastises The Recorder for running “a political cartoon bad-mouthing and demonizing Fox News (May 26) because of their bias to the right.” She wonders … 0

Mass/My Turn: Rights of the individual or Board of Health priorities?

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Board of Health recently adopted regulations becoming, effective July 1st, which prohibit people 18, 19 and 20 years old from purchasing tobacco products, banned flavored tobacco altogether and limit the number of locations where tobacco products can be sold. They argue that this is in the best … 0

In the Arena: Mass lone voice on right to buy tobacco

Thursday, June 11, 2015

As anyone who has read this column knows, I don’t like to make predictions. However, I’m prepared to break that rule when it comes to Wednesday’s Greenfield Town Council vote on Isaac Mass’ proposed tobacco control ordinance. It’s not only going to lose huge, but Isaac will be … 0

Boston/My Turn: Plastic ban worth your support

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Everyone agrees that plastic is a wonderful invention that has brought important possibilities into our lives — especially convenience. But like so many chemicals introduced into our daily lives, we only find out after dastardly consequences that they … 1

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