Exxon conducted research over forty years ago, appears to have found that Climate Change was ALREADY occurring, and decided to dupe the public. If Exxon knew, then so did every single administration since that time: and Glass Steagall was repealed: NAFTA enacted, and myriad other "acts" in order to strip wealth out of our nation, into the hands of a very small group of obscenely wealthy narcissists. We are now an oligarchy, teetering on the edge of fascism. The TPP trade agreement, the massive build up of unnecessary pipelines, the commodification of water as a source of wealth is happening everywhere: and locally. Basically siphoning off U.S. assets to enrich a few, while the world descends into madness: they have divided this nation with hate and surgical precision, insuring we will do nothing to protect our children. They and their lackies are grabbing the lifeboats, folks. The next election offers us yet another enmeshed administration with tentacles to more and more corporate power: or one candidate out of all who stands up for the rest of us. God help us all. ...(full comment)

Hynes/My Turn: Climate change strategies

The eighties are calling and they want their "Citizens for Growth" plan back. You have only to look at cities further south from Greenfield and check out what this did to local businesses, traffic and "appeal", not to mention the kiss of death to local businesses. This is a business plan that funnels money from poor people to the bulging pockets of the already obscenely wealthy, and out of the community: not to mention making this area look like a carbon copy of anywhere else, U.S.A. Jobs? more part time, haphazard shifts, bare minimum wage, with foodstamp subsidies so "employees" can feed their families: from the City of Greenfield. Huge traffic, massive asphalt, a characterless blight selling nothing locally sourced. . . what a "bargain" for wealthy interests. ...(full comment)

Isaac Mass offers Economic Development Express to Boston in January

"Judge NOT, lest YE be Judged". ...(full comment)

Letter: Pushing liberal agenda

Anyone who believes in an "armed citizenry" should move to Afghanistan, Syria or Iraq. You'll feel right at home. ...(full comment)

Letter: Armed citizenry

About time we had a "My Turn" piece that was not authored by Dan Brown or another radical. Dan - stay out west. Collect more water. Write to your local paper. We're still sick of hearing from you. ...(full comment)

Clarke/My Turn: Our ungrateful generation

total crap. and when you wrote a nice letter about my people (native americans or Indians as we like to be called) remember most of the wall st are demos and give big money to clinton ...(full comment)

Clarke/My Turn: Our ungrateful generation

Play by the rules? Show me how Wall Street and vote-suppressing Tea Party Republicans "play by the rules" as they rig the economy and our government for the benefit of themselves and themselves only. ...(full comment)

Clarke/My Turn: Our ungrateful generation

Mr. Clarke, while you are busy pointing fingers, perhaps you can explain how most of our nation's wealth came to be concentrated in the hands of very few individuals, who are hoarding it offshore. It is the generations that followed "the greatest" and especially the "I'm getting mine" "greed is good" and those who print the kind of hate and blame that you seem to be selling who have most profoundly betrayed our nation: you are enabling the divide and conquer that is mobilizing wealth to the top .01%, and it pays well to do so. ...(full comment)

Clarke/My Turn: Our ungrateful generation

I agree with the two previous comments and would like to add: if you feel the efforts of college students to recognize and fight racism are so wrong-headed, how do you propose to fight racial inequality and the systemic murder of unarmed African Americans? Or is your approach to simply pay no attention to it? ...(full comment)

Clarke/My Turn: Our ungrateful generation

"particularly if Styrofoam containers cost less..." The problem is the retail cost of Styrofoam doesn't reflect its true cost - which is born by all of us with a trashed environment. Same with oil. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Education right direction on plastics

Let's not forget that the Greatest Generation, and the Boomers, raised these Millennials into what they are today. And let's not forget that the Boomers pulled out the rug from their own children in terms of support for public education, housing, etc., once they had theirs, delaying Millennials' ability to get on their own feet (thus the basement dwellers). I agree about the over-sensitivity but it's not the fault or doing or just one generation, it's an expression of society at large. ...(full comment)

Clarke/My Turn: Our ungrateful generation

Wow. Yes, the greatest generation rose to the challenges of the times with courage and sacrifice. And there are myriad "millenials" working hard, sacrificing and doing good in the world today: I know quite a number of them, and they don't deserve your sweeping condemnation. Hyper-generalization isn't good reasoning, whatever the matter at hand. ...(full comment)

Clarke/My Turn: Our ungrateful generation

The town pays for the electricity for the Congregational Church clock? I believe the state stopped supporting churches just after the Revolutionary War, even before the First Amendment of the US Constitution prohibited it. How quaint of Greenfield. Maybe we should dress in period costume. It might attract business to Downtown. Burn a witch now and then. Of course in keeping with current belief, it should be a global-warming skeptic. ...(full comment)

High notes: Second Congregational Church to add music to daily bell ringing