Author Archive | Mel P

Reckless and unjust

Letter to the Editor, Greenfield Recorder Published 6/24/2019 7:50:25 PM The state Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has its head in the sand in light of current environmental health findings regarding the human health and climate polluting effects of burning biomass to generate energy. Calling it “clean energy” and promoting legislation to give state renewable […]

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On corporate exploitation and military aggression

By PATRICIA HYNES Originally published in the Greenfield Recorder, May 29, 2019 “We are here because you were there.” — Slogan of 1980s immigrants rights campaign in Britain. Why would so many Guatemalans make the arduous journey to the U.S.-Mexican border seeking refuge, knowing the hatred heaped on them by the Trump administration? A short […]

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The Madness Driving Climate Catastrophe

By H. Patricia Hynes Originally published on April 5, 2019 on Truthdig.com Gerry Machen / Flickr “Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption” A book by Simon Pirani The Great Acceleration: This is the designation given to the last 70 years during which industrial countries and a handful of newly rich developing countries […]

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The Measure of Our Happiness

By H. Patricia Hynes Originally published on April 3, 2019 on  COMMON DREAMS As in past years, the Department of Defense (DOD) is allocated an increase and the lion’s share in the proposed budget (more than 60%), while every other department and agency that contributes to Americans’ daily well being is cut. Photo: Shutterstock For the […]

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Death and Taxes? On choosing life with a Green New Deal

By Anna Gyorgy It’s that time again. When taxes are due and we can again consider how they are used. Here’s a case for turning our national budget away from war, destruction and corporate enrichment towards reconstruction and reparations, under the umbrella concept of a Green New Deal. The Green New Deal legislation, sponsored in […]

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Biology Is Not Destiny: “The Independent Woman: Extracts from The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir”

By H. Patricia Hynes Originally published on Truthdig, on March 8, 2019 “The Independent Woman: Extracts from The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir” A book translated by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier. Annotated and introduced by Martine Reid “The Second Sex,” a two-volume classic by French writer Simone de Beauvoir, was published in 1949 and quickly […]

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Hands off Venezuela

By Pat Hynes, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice Hope and US Aid at the Border, the title of a recent New York Times video, deodorizes the US attempt to overthrow President Maduro of socialist Venezuela and replace him with a hand-picked member of the Venezuelan elite, capitalist class.   As the major media presents it, the […]

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Hands Across the Hills story spreads far beyond Franklin County

Paula Green By RICHIE DAVIS, Staff  Writer Published: 2/12/2019 10:36:50 PM LEVERETT – After a year of drawing attention solely from The Greenfield Recorder, this town’s Hands Across the Hills effort and its organizer, Paula Green, are in the spotlight nationally and internationally as an effort to help bridge the political – and now racial – divides […]

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DISPATCHES: After the UN Climate Conference: The meeting over, the movements growing

By Anna Gyorgy Originally published in the Montague Reporter December 17, 2018 German radio reported that 91% of Germans did not expect major advances from the 24th UN climate conference that ended late Saturday night December 15, in Katowice, Poland. But conference delegates did reach their basic goal, allowing relieved conference organizers to declare COP24 […]

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