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Senator Markey is correct! This firm cares nothing for U.S. citizens or this region: its all about siphoning off U.S. assets for obscene greed. Lemmings in the business community are being sold a bill of goods: we and they have been forced to pay massive subsidies for gas we will exhaust for private profit export. There is nowhere near the recoverable reserves exaggerated by gas investments hyperbole, and well production declines sharply after the first year in all but a few wells AND several of the major shale plays are played out. But due dilligence and research for facts in government and business are dead: advertising is considered "wisdom", and these folks are blinded by dollar signs without noticing that theyre being sold a load of horse puckey. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Markey, others connect the dots on pipeline plan

The gas investments industry has virtually limitless pockets for false advertising, and compromising Democracy. (with massive subsidies from our taxes) . They have been ginning up a false case to game "public necessity" in order to swindle massive land takings. The U.S. is NOT energy independent and all of the overproduction that is going on to create "low" prices" is also gaming a system of massive borrowing at low interest rates for the past decade: They are taking on more and more debt: This is all about the stock market, wild speculation, and greed. This is another bail out on our backs and this industry has not only compromised water, health and human safety all over the globe, but is crashing any form of Democracy as well. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Markey, others connect the dots on pipeline plan

About the Johns Hopkins study: http://time.com/3676559/urban-areas-asthma/ The new findings still support pollution as a cause for asthma, but it suggests that indoor pollution may be doing more of the harm. “A lot of what may make a difference is what happens inside the home than outside the home, especially as we spend so much time indoors these days,” says Keet. Allergen exposure from old housing materials, cockroaches and mice, mold pollution, cleaning supplies, and tobacco smoke may be heavy contributors. Keet says other factors, like being born prematurely and second-hand smoke exposure, are also associated with both poverty and asthma. BY the way, we are talking at a biomass boiler in the poorest county in Massachusetts. ...(full comment)

Letter: Wood pellet boiler makes sense

The Attorney General's report refutes the outrageous claims for abuse of eminent domain for private investment company seeking to take private property and conservation land on the pretext of "public necessity". These are the largest land takings since the Turnpike, and miles and miles and miles of land that will chemically ruined, forcing people to live in incineration zones so a private company can take and sell U.S. gas for private profit. ...(full comment)

Markey: Canadian natural gas export OK confirms plans for area pipeline

The Attorney General's report refutes the outrageous claims for abuse of eminent domain for private investment company seeking to take private property and conservation land on the pretext of "public necessity". These are the largest land takings since the Turnpike, and miles and miles and miles of land that will chemically ruined, forcing people to live in incineration zones so a private company can take and sell U.S. gas for private profit. ...(full comment)

Markey: Canadian natural gas export OK confirms plans for area pipeline

The statement in this article: "Matrix Design Group is currently providing broadband to Leverett" is incorrect. Matrix was one of several contractors involved with building the broadband FTTH network for Leverett but is not affiliated with the town in any way at this time. Network operation is managed by HG&E of Holyoke and internet services are provided by Crocker Communications under separate contracts to the Leverett Municipal Light Plant. - Denzel Hankinson Leverett Municipal Light Plant Board, Chair ...(full comment)

Montague to negotiate with broadband company to nearly eliminate unserved homes

As I have said in the past and contend now, there is a large difference between burning wood and burning pellets. If the alarmist in our community would stop and look at the pellet industry, especially the pellet industry in Western Mass, they would, or should have a different opinion. "If history repeats itself" "we will burn too many trees" is a sound bite and we are clearly not repeating ourselves! There are large scale studies being done on forest supply, forest management and they point to the fact that we are far behind the curve in terms of cutting down (clear cutting) forests etc. Another scare tactic! Another thing I would like to point out, there have been more than one study done on this subject, yet it seems that only the Monamet study ever gets mentioned. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Boiler switch puts heat on Mohawk

Forget "teen," "youth," "seniors." Just build a "community" center so that someone who's 16 today can look forward to using it when they're 66 tomorrow. After all, they'll probably be paying for it in taxes their entire adult life. You just need rooms; the rest is programming. It's too expensive to be specializing buildings based on age. ...(full comment)

Seniors ambivalent about combined youth/senior center

Thank you Mike for a correct view on the Pellet industry here in Western Mass! I do agree that we need to be understanding of what we are doing with our forests, and it seems that the DOER and others in charge are aware of this. Also, remember that there is a large percentage of the wood that goes to pellet mills that are cut-offs and scrap from other industries such as the furniture industry and this would otherwise be waste. ...(full comment)

Letter: Wood pellet boiler makes sense

The statement that Tintypes "emulsions dried faster" than Daguerreotypes is incorrect. Daguerreotypes don't have emulsions, the imaging particles sit directly on the silver mirror surface of the plate, not held in the suspension of a emulsion as with Tintypes and other forms of photography. Consequently Daguerreotype plates dry very quickly and much more so than tintypes. Saying these image surfaces look like tintypes is hubris and disinformation, as they do not. The texture is of a pitted emulsion of a paper print with a baryta layer and with distressing marks made on purpose. ...(full comment)

ArtBeat: Looking back at the present

Sanders is not an octogenarian, that's someone aged 80 to 89. He's 74 (will be 75 in November), which makes him a septuagenarian. ...(full comment)

In the Arena: New bridge between schools and council

I've had the same thoughts about the need for President Obama pardoning Leonard Pelletier. Let's hope he has the courage to do so. Thank you, Jonathan for this excellent and well written piece. ...(full comment)

Mark/My Turn: Pardon Leonard Peltier

Wood boilers are a significant in Europe because it is considered carbon-neutral and thereby contributes to attempts to reduce green house gas emissions, even though it doesn't. And Europe gets its wood from the US, Canada and Russia. Southeastern US is being clear cut and wood is being sent to Europe, and there is a more on for GMO trees, turning forest into crop land--all to be burned. If history repeats itself, we will burn too many of out trees. And only when it's too late will people get upset about it. You don't have to ne a rocket scientist to see where we are headed. The Monamet study ended up agreeing with local activists about a number of things. We were ahead of the curve then. I would suggest that we are in this case as well. We hope that people care more about our forests and our environment than about platitudes about "green energy" that make us feel good about ourselves. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Boiler switch puts heat on Mohawk