I totally agree. It is the first job of a newspaper to tell the truth, even when truth telling means standing against the fifty year attempt to roll back the New Deal and weaken the American working class.
I don't know why anyone would ever use the corporate package delivery services Fedex or UPS. They charge about 50% more than the postal service and their package delivery is about 6 days slower. I was dismayed when I saw the column about alleged accounting losses of the USPS.
I get both the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Greenfield Recorder and generally speaking, I prefer the Recorder. That said, I'd like to share a few quotes with you that I hope you enjoy. They are all attributed to Mark Twain: "Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel and paper by the ton;" "The truth can travel halfway around the world before the truth even has its shoes on." and "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." You did a great public service by writing your letter, Jason Grader. Keep plugging.
This is a good indicator that valid concerns have been seen and recognized at FERC about NED. The time is now to comment, see www.ferc.gov, e-comment on docket PF14-22-000, it only takes a few minutes. The fact that #3 big oil gas coal, TGP Kinder Morgan, is being asked to define their plans for NED beyond "TBD" in official filings is a step in the right direction. Our Earth, our Valley, our homes, our future, and the health of our rivers, lands, and people are not theirs to wreck, in perpetuity, for fracked gas going to export. Consider that we will be paying extra to Eversource and to the gas companies, truly forever, if NED gets built, even when it lays abandoned in our yards and fields. Farmers won't be able to work around it, during or after a build. Compressors and blow off valves would inject poisons right into the air and lands, with no mitigation possible. Baker and the DPU just approved utilities, like Eversorce, the right to charge rate payers extra on the gas they would buy, last week. Thus rate payers will be paying for the NED pipeline, as electric and gas buyers, forever! The DPU has signed us up for that, in Boston. They are in need of a rate payer revolt asking for leaks to be fixed as an immediate step for adding gas back in for use with no damage to our neighbor's homes, our lands, our farms, our health and local economic vitality. Contact the AG, ask for help! Berkshire Gas needs to build their existing LNG storage in Whately, from 2 to 5 tanks, already with permits issued, to power 4000 homes -easily- without us having to pay for their greed with land, water and local families wrecked, for toxins and danger that earns the fatboys 5 Billion. End the Moratorium, Berkshire Gas, end the lies. ...(full comment)
Water is becoming increasingly privatized and another focus of investor greed. Given water shortages around the globe, investors have focused on "water as the new fossil fuel", which will involve trading water around the globe: this is already happening. Local residents would be wise to secure local sources of drinking water and view "corporations" with a jaundiced eye. ...(full comment)
Forcing a ban on plastics is the only way it is going to get done. We need to find a suitable alternative such as washable/reusable cloth bags. This was tried in a TF business but failed, no doubt because people couldn't remember to bring them to the store when shopping and they were not washable. People need to train themselves to do something different so... I guess maybe if you forget your reusable to many times you are going to have to go back home and get it. That could be a burden for those who don't drive but for those that do... each of us need to do our part to keep plastic out of the landfills. ...(full comment)
If they ever bring back the draft should they make up for the injustice done to the male population and in reparations just draft women. I think that would be nice. It would make up for the injustice done to men. ...(full comment)
was that the forbidden fruit of knowledge? or just the forbidden fruit. Did the eating of the forbidden fruit lead to the first murder? If the fruit had not been consumed, would Adam and Eve been kick out of the Garden? Probably not. So I would make a guess that the then murder would not have happened. It seems the only thing they were told not to do was eat of the forbidden fruit. Everything tumbled after that thus the eating of the fruit had unintended consequences. Who is responsible for that? Adam for not watching Eve like a hawk or Eve for breaking the rules? ...(full comment)
Interstate transmission lines operating in the presence of live, high voltage are another animal entirely, especially when operating in these conditions within less than two hundred feet from a home. Many agencies won't speak up: likely for fear of getting sued by the limitless pockets of gas investments corporations. It is their studies, bought and paid for, that determine what homeowner's get, which is chump change. Like many things that affect John. Q. Public these days: permitting the objective actual costs can be rendered illegal and effectively silenced: like what the long term environmental and public health costs are for corporate export pipelines.
Whatever Greenfield decides to do, I hope people will think for themselves and not let this editorial think for them. Wood smoke exposure is now known to be as bad or worse than second hand tobacco smoke... it contains many of the same carcinogens, and there is no low threshold of exposure. I guess if it's not you downwind of the smoke you may not care, but if you don't know what wood smoke exposure does to you, give it a Google – it could be someone you know who pays the price. ...(full comment)