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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

Earles/My Turn: A critical qualification

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The (Massachusetts) Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) oversees numerous boards of registration that license and regulate hundreds of thousands of individuals and businesses to practice trades and professions in Massachusetts. Their mission is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by licensing qualified individuals and businesses to provide services to consumers. Accordingly, DPL licenses several categories of mental health professionals such as … 0

Barnett/My Turn: Here’s the Hampshire Council of Government’s explanation

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Recorder recently editorialized that the Hampshire Council of Governments has “plenty of explaining to do” with regard to the recent decision of the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to deny 35 western Massachusetts municipal electricity aggregation petitions. The council sponsored the petitions in question. Our explanations follow. The council is both disappointed and disturbed by the DPU decision, issued roughly three weeks … 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

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 … 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 … 1