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Editorial: Imagine there are no campaign war chests The Greenfield Recorder Thursday, July 07, 2016 It’s way too early to say who we might favor to replace state Sen. Ben Downing for the seat that represents western Franklin County. But we do like the idea floated recently by one of the declared candidates for the seat that represents Conway, Shelburne, Buckland, Charlemont, Hawley, Heath, Rowe and Monroe as well as cities and towns in Berkshire, Hampshire and Hampden counties. Democrat Rinaldo Del Gallo has called on his two fellow hopefuls in the September primary to agree to a voluntary limit Read more…


Del Gallo for State Senate Rinaldo Del Gallo is running as a Bernie Sanders progressive Democrat for the Massachusetts State Senate. He is running for the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hamden District. Help him get elected to bring the revolution local!     To donate by check or money order, please send a check to “CTE Rinaldo Del Gallo” The Committee to Elect Rinaldo Del Gallo Pat Friedman Treasurer PO Box 143 S Deerfield MA 01373 Or to Donate by Credit Card please click here to visit ActBlue


What is shared parenting? It is simple, really. “Shared parenting,” as the name suggest, is a simple legal presumption that there will be joint physical and joint legal custody after divorce, or in the case of out-of-wedlock children, after the break-up. “Joint physical” means roughly equal—as much as practicable. It is just that—a presumption. It could be rebutted by evidence that a parent is unfit or any other evidence under the sun that would suggest that joint physical and joint legal custody is unworkable or impracticable. Shared parenting does NOT mean that custody arrangements would be automatic, or that case-by-case determinations would end, or that violent people would still get custody of their children. In fact, that could be written right into the legislation to assuage any fears (not that it really needed to be, because it is inherent in the nature of the legislation).


Del Gallo supports a Single Payer system and it is a key component of his campaign. According to Massachusetts Nurses Association, “The Massachusetts Health Care Trust bill would create a Single Payer Health Care System for Massachusetts, guaranteeing first rate health care coverage for every resident of the state, while saving money for state and local government, businesses, and residents.” As a Bernie Sanders progressive, Del Gallo believes in Medicare for all. And if it is not enacted at the federal level, Del Gallo would enact it at the state level. Under our current system, there are too much administrative costs. Read more…


Rinaldo Del Gallo supports Senator Ben Downing’s bill, S. 574 “An Act Relative to Equitable Health Care Pricing,” which aims to limit the disparities in the amount commercial insurers can pay different hospitals for the same procedure. According to MassLive.com, “Brooke Thurston, a spokeswoman for Steward Health Care, which oversees nine Massachusetts hospitals, said in a statement, “High priced hospitals are paid nearly double that of low priced hospitals for the same services, yet both provide virtually the same quality of care. This disparity among providers has worsened since it was first documented in 2010.”  This does not seem fair to Read more…


Rinaldo Del Gallo’s efforts to ban Styrofoam and single use plastic bags garnered tremendous media attention including radio, print and television. His efforts have been chronicled at the website https://berkshiregreen.wordpress.com/. Del Gallo has written a number of columns on the subject published in the Berkshire Eagle such as “Styrofoam must go,” “Dispensing Myths about Styrofoam,” and “End blight of Styrofoam/single use plastic bags.” Del Gallo also wrote a column, “My Styrofoam ban experience” that was published in the Greenfield Recorder. After a three year effort, Del Gallo was able to get Styrofoam banned in Pittsfield, which you can read about Read more…


As does Bernie Sanders, Rinaldo Del Gallo believes in putting a price on carbon. What is a carbon pricing?  Wikipedia has a reasonable definition: Carbon pricing — the method favored by many economists for reducing global-warming emissions — charges those who emit carbon dioxide (CO2) for their emissions. That charge, called a carbon price, is the amount that must be paid for the right to emit one tonne of CO2 into the atmosphere. Carbon pricing usually takes the form either of a carbon tax or a requirement to purchase permits to emit, generally known as cap-and-trade, but also called “allowances”. Read more…


From my many conversations, I see that there is great confusion out there regarding “the pipeline”.  Let me clarify names and pipelines. Kinder Morgan describes itself as “the largest energy infrastructure company in North America”. They have pipelines that transport, among other things, crude oil and natural gas as well as other products. Kinder Morgan has a subsidiary company, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. It gets more complicated—we are not just talking about one pipeline when we talk about “the pipeline”. In the Berkshires, there are two pipelines of concern, both of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. For this reason, Read more…


DEL GALLO TAX POLICY 1 – Del Gallo favors become the 34th state to implement a graduated income tax with heavy taxes on the very wealthy far and above 5.10%, especially on incomes above $500,000 per year. 2 – Del Gallo generally supports progressive taxes (or also called “graduated” taxes), does not believe flat tax rates are fair (the same percentage on all income earned), and is generally highly disinclined to support regressive taxes and/or user fees except in some highly select circumstances.  Under regressive tax schemes (such as, but not limited to flat “user fees”), the poor actually pay Read more…


Women should not get paid less for the same work as men.  Fortunately in Massachusetts, they passed a law a long time ago outlawing unequal pay. In Massachusetts, under the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act, it is against the law to pay people of different genders different wages for the same work.  There is only one exception.  The only exception is that you can legally pay people of different genders different wages if the other person has more seniority.  If an employer pays two people of different genders but similar seniority different salaries for the same work, the employer automatically loses.  Read more…

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