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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 25 percent of what they would normally have to pay in property taxes if they … 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, self-centeredness are always perilous, indeed destructive. The very technology that has brought great reward is … 0

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 important state of Ohio. I believe also that Marco Rubio should be his running mate. … 0

Connelly/My Turn: Seeing the signs of collapse

Monday, April 13, 2015

I wish to thank The Recorder for printing the March 31 article, “Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards for high tech jobs.” The subject in this article is reminiscent of my 1970 graduate school thesis, which included analysis of the rapidly rising cost of spies and police … 0

Booth/My Turn: Bicycle safety

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I’m writing in response to the recent Recorder article reporting a 14-year-old boy hit by a motorist on Silver Street while biking to school. (“Frosty windshield lands teen cyclist in hospital after car accident” — March 25). First of all, I want to express the relief we all … 0

Hynes/My Turn: Bring our war dollars home

Sunday, April 12, 2015

What do our income taxes pay for? Our federal income taxes pay for mandatory federal budget programs, including Social Security and Medicare and interest on federal debt. They also pay for discretionary budget programs, among them education, housing, energy, environment, transportation, food and agriculture and defense. “The budget … 0

Green/My Turn: Your care, your decisions

Friday, April 10, 2015

April 16, Thursday, is National Healthcare Decisions Day, which aims to increase awareness of the benefits of advance care planning. Medical-decision making is best done in advance, allowing time to consider personal choices in the event of a catastrophic illness. Studies indicate that most Americans have not exercised … 0

In the Arena: Pay raise for mayor?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Don’t look now, but Greenfield’s mayor may be about to get a big raise. The Greenfield Town Council is considering a proposal to increase Mayor Bill Martin’s annual salary from $70,000 to $85,000, the push for which is coming from At-Large Councilor Patrick Devlin, who says he believes … 0

Iranian talks offer hope, critics don’t

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

It may be the most important news story of the decade: The United States, in concert with five other world powers, has negotiated a preliminary agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear program. Before we consider this, we … 0

Bos/My Turn: Our national procrastination

Monday, April 6, 2015

I am in the process of packing up everything I own, taking suits I have not worn for more than a decade (but still fit!) to the Cancer Connection thrift store, spending more time on Craigslist selling “stuff” … 0

Gran/My Turn: New age of consequences

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Washington Post article on Feb. 25 stated: “Residents of the eastern United States are enduring one of the most painfully cold periods in modern times. Since January, Syracuse, N.Y. has never had more days below zero. Bangor, Maine, is witnessing its coldest month ever recorded.” The Northeast … 0

In the Arena: Back in Greenfield’s till

Thursday, April 2, 2015

How would you react if someone handed you $10,000 to spend on projects to improve your neighborhood? I’m assuming most people might be pretty psyched, which has not exactly been the reaction of a number of members of the Greenfield Town Council who were facing that very scenario, … 0

Touloumtzis/My Turn: Let’s value our trees

Thursday, April 2, 2015

I greatly appreciated Roxann Wedegartner’s letter on March 14 about the trees that were removed on Hastings Street. Her testimony about the demonstrated value of street trees was persuasive and her heartfelt lament about the loss of these seven trees — so familiar to her and her neighbors … 1