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These are rosy stories from a company selected person, likely with significant means. There are a great many online accounts of folks forced to live near these facilities who paint a detailed picture of hell on earth, routinely evacuated from their homes at any time of the day or night, who live in chronic fear: terror, actually. For many locals along this local proposed route, hospitals are miles away in any direction, there are no evacuation routes, and residents have been shown plans to locate a huge pipeline less than 100 feet from homes and wells, and in the presence of existing sets direct transmission high voltage cables. They and all of their neighbors are well within blast zones. An incident will result in loss of electricity for a huge swath of the state: further complicating any possible rescue efforts. The lack of regard for our lives, our state, or anything remotely human is chilling. And this is being ginned up on the basis of maybe .6 bcf, which may not in fact be needed, so Marcellus gas can be shipped abroad to further enrich obscene wealth. ...(full comment)

Compressor stations reason for concern?

If you can live off your SS here, I know your money will go further in TX where your God fearing (which I always feel sorry for those who fear God) have fled to. And as for Mother Nature doing a "fine job of cleaning up messes made by oil"... too bad BP didn't know that. It could have saved them billions in their attempt to clean up the Gulf and Mississippi Delta in 2010. I see you love living in the past. How does that work for you in the 21st Century? ...(full comment)

Letter: My industrial nature

Tim, please go and reread my letter, this time for comprehension. I didn't write your pal Ken shouldn't write letters to the editor, I wrote as long as people like the two of you continue to insult and name call people who think differently than you, then our Nation can not heal. Big difference. ...(full comment)

Letter: Libs lose big

What a disaster for this area, 625 good paying jobs gone, cheap clean electricity gone, now more CO2 pollution from the replacement gas plants, and more poisoning of the planet. When will people wake up and stop fearing Nuclear energy. It now countrywide, is using up the phased out nuclear weapons materials from The Soviet union and the US for electricity. Newer plants can use the left over stored fuel from the first generation plants now in dry casks around the country. Nuclear power has never shortened the life or killed anyone in the US in its 60 years of use, while we accept the 20,000-30,000 yearly deaths from fossil fuels. Too bad the politicians have been bought off by the dirty fossil fuel industry. ...(full comment)

Vt. Yankee layoffs to begin in Jan.

Sounds like good news. Would be nice to have some details about the ConEd program--why selected, what it comprises, where its headquartered etc. Does the municipal aggregate include only Greenfield or is the town one of many others in the aggregate? ...(full comment)

Green power program to launch January

I wonder how other towns in the area deal with this problem? ...(full comment)

Sticky situation: Wet wipes gumming up Deerfield’s wastewater plant

I have never known a rural town as obsessed with parking lots/spaces as Greenfield. Given the dearth of retail, cultural organizations or nightclubs downtown, it's hard to imagine needing more than a few dozen spaces at any one time--much less the hundreds available everywhere. Let's focus on finding a reason to come downtown, shall we? ...(full comment)

Greenfield plan calls for changes to downtown parking lot permits

All of us down in South Deerfield are looking forward to the return of Jerry's Place. Hey, who knew we'd have a reason to look forward to Monday! ...(full comment)

Jerry’s Place to reopen on Monday

You have a point. A better idea may be to drop all current religious holiday schedules in public schools, and offer a certain number of excused absences for every kid celebrating any holiday. That way, your/ my kid doesn't have to miss class because your/my kid chooses to. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Board flunks answer to holidays request

Concerning the Lamson and Goodnow complex, has anyone involved considered contacting Artspace Projects, in Minneapolis? They have a fantastic track record for more urban development for artist live-work and retail space...but I'm wondering if a smaller rural project with a lot of support (which translates to streamlining the process of funding and development) and a ready-made community, might interest them? It's free to contact them, and a feasibility study may well be worth it. Artist live-work space would provide a long-term anchor for the village...and just the idea would bring in interested parties. Just a thought. It could serve as a sustainable development model that could be replicated throughout the region on a scale---and in the manner---everyone could support. ...(full comment)

Singley’s Furniture to close doors Saturday

So does this mean that Isaac Mass has given up on his clever disguise as 'the guy who wants what's best for Franklin County' and is now just playing dirty? Frankly, I applaud him. Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy. Isaac, now that you are showing your true colors- because I'm SURE your client didn't seek you out on his own, nor did he come up with those [rather large] numbers without -um- 'legal advice' - does this mean we have finally seen the last of your misguided political aspirations? Oh, thank HEAVENS!!! And in the spirit of your new-found honesty, will we EVER learn why you never graduated Tulane, even with a ROTC scholarship? Also- BayState Health should start checking the tires of their emergency response vehicles for teeth marks. Just a heads up, guys. ...(full comment)

Pumpkinfest faces $1.2M smoke, noise lawsuit

Wow. And I thought Keene's Pumpkin Fest was a riot.... ...(full comment)

Pumpkinfest faces $1.2M smoke, noise lawsuit

My dad grew up in Greenfield. He is buried there as are his parents and all of my relatives. As kids-we spent every summer there going to Wilson's, the Outlet store and Poet's seat. My grandparents had their 40th wedding anniversary at a restaurant near the bridge of flowers in Shelburne Falls and my grandfather owned Tru-Val clothing in Turners Falls. So sad-it is such a great place. ...(full comment)

Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ episode draws mixed reviews