Columns

In the Arena: Catching up with Warren

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I don’t know if Sen. Elizabeth Warren is going to be a candidate for president, but she sure sounded like it during last week’s visit to Greenfield Community College. “There was a time when our government viewed helping people pay for college as an investment,” Warren said during a press gaggle inside the college’s front door. “The idea was if you were willing … 0

Gran/My Turn: Hot under the blanket

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

“It’s now official, 2014 was the warmest year on record.” Most of you have probably heard this by now. Those who understand the reality of global warming will not be surprised. Those who deny the reality of global warming will now have additional scientific data to ignore. This will be added to a … 0

Pick/My Turn: Electricity use and you

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Homeowners, who are understandably shocked and outraged by recent, huge jumps in their electricity bills, have been asking for my professional opinion, as a home-energy consultant, about switching to a cheaper electricity supplier. My reply: “Buyer beware!” While suppliers may offer a discount from current high prices, it’s possible that they may lock you in, for several years, to a price that is … 1

Blagg: Ongoing struggle to sway opinion

Sunday, January 11, 2015

In the wake of the awful attack on the Paris office of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly) last week, it’s become apparent that many of those commenting on it are not aware that the killings were … 0

Jablon/My Turn: Value for my tax dollars

Friday, January 9, 2015

For the past 12 years, I have had the grand opportunity to be a resident of Greenfield. On Dec. 30,there was a letter to the editor from Bill Keck bemoaning the residential tax rates in Greenfield. During the time I have lived here, I have heard this complaint … 0

In the Arena: Long-term economic view

Thursday, January 8, 2015

It may seem odd to hold a party to celebrate the removal of $480 million out of the regional economy, but that’s what happened last weekend as opponents of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant came together to dance the night away in celebration of that plant’s official … 0

Taylor/My Turn: Pitch for Ann Banash

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Congratulations to the 2014 Citizen of the Year, Marie Putala, and all the prior Citizens of the Year. This accolade is well deserved by each and every winner. I would like to recognize another citizen who deserves to be honored for her vast amount of service to the … 0

Tolg/My Turn: The injustice is plain to see

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Despite, or maybe because of, the interesting biographical notes of Tim Blagg’s column of Dec. 29, 2014, titled “Walking on the blue line: Seeing police work from many perspectives,” I got the impression of being told “Move on … 0

Tillberg/My Turn: Economic best interests

Monday, January 5, 2015

Posit two families, the Smiths and Joneses. The Smiths, generally conservative, work at Wal-Mart and are barely making it in their apartment in Passaic, N.J. Jack Smith went to a political event once and pitched in a fiver; afterwards he forgot why he had gone and determined never … 0

Blagg: Year offers some bright opportunities

Sunday, January 4, 2015

It was a pretty grim year, all things considered, and in some ways it’s a relief to see it receding into the past. Ebola, ISIS, school attacks by gunmen, mysterious airliner disappearances … you can fill in your … 0

Keith/My Turn: For private gain

Friday, January 2, 2015

Kinder Morgan is proposing to build a pipeline to transport “fracked” natural gas from the New York border to Dracut in eastern Massachusetts, all to be paid for by us. The gas, however, is not intended for us. New England cannot use that much gas. For Kinder Morgan … 1

In the Arena: Pipeline strategies

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Opponents of Kinder Morgan Company’s proposed Tennessee Natural Gas Pipeline probably thought they were getting an early Christmas present when they learned the company had decided to reroute its line through southern New Hampshire rather than Massachusetts’ northern tier. However, like so many other aspects of this project, … 0

Alpert/My Turn: Protest appropriate

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Recorder’s Dec. 22 editorial, “Right Message, Wrong Place,” criticized a small group who interrupted a Chamber of Commerce gathering to raise awareness about racism in the U.S. They were part of a movement called Black Lives Matter that has been growing in the two years since Trayvon … 1