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I grew up loving bookstores and libraries. I remember spending hundreds of hours at the Harvard Coop in my childhood and our own town library. So I'm sorry to see bookstores go. But as a business owner, I understand it's impossible to compete with instant delivery. If I can buy a book online and have it delivered to my hand-held device seconds after purchase, that only leaves the experience of shopping missing. And there are two whole generations of young people that grew up without that experience. I suspect I am among the last of my generation that cares about the smell of old books, the feel of holding them in my hands, and the sounds of people quietly whispering...it was what passed for a religious experience for me. Now it's almost completely gone. ...(full comment)

Deerfield book shop closes doors

It's sadly obvious that FERC is simply the pretense of regulation: window dressing for theft and graft: now we can add genocide. ...(full comment)

Letter: FERC, grow a backbone

Kinder Morgan only cares about the 18 quadrillion dollars they plan to make shipping gas in their newly purchased tankers from Pieridae in Nova Scotia. Based on this late stage document dump, the TBDs that riddle every page (they don't know how many people this will affect) and the stuck green light its fairly clear that FERC is a complete shill: deliberate regulation capture. FERC is not functioning as any sort of regulatory agency: in fact it is only a name for a private agency that serves the interests of oil and gas. The lies and platitudes about "fair and transparent" process are exactly what the U.S. used to decry in other nations: oppressive regimes: campaigns of misinformation: a dystopian shill for theft and abuse. ...(full comment)

Potential health effects cause concern for some residents

Larry was an honorable and decent man. Over lunch last month I got an insight into why he was a staple of the community for so long and how he succeeded in business. Quite simply he cared for people. He had no problem expressing his love for his girlfriend from CT, and telling me how excited he was to start a new chapter of his life. I have talked with many contractors but none so open with his feelings and emotions. He teared up when telling the story of his company. He raved about his employees, some that had stayed for over 25 years and how loyal he felt to his customers And most of all how tremendously proud he was of his sons. Larry truly was a decent man. My heart goes out to his family and his girlfriend. He will be missed. ...(full comment)

‘He always had a smile’: Improve-A-Home owner Larry Jubb Jr. dies; remembered for his dedication to family, community

There are more schools within Lunt's property than any other 1 mile radius of Greenfield. This is not the place for a detox facility. ...(full comment)

Mayor: As county’s hub, Greenfield should step up and deal with drug problem by allowing detox center

It was with great sadness that I read this article, sadness at the attitude and response of the community. Greenfield is my hometown, and my family has been there for generations. Currently we are experiencing an epidemic. A HEROIN epidemic, a word I notice was not even used in the article. Our kids are literally dying. Families are losing their children, children are losing their parents, this epidemic is destroying our community, and the response to this is 'we don't want lights and snow plows?' And you are worried about kids seeing someone in recovery smoking? How about worrying about a dead body in the park? I mean seriously, I really wanted to go but was unable to attend this meeting, as a recovery activist, I am entrenched in this war and have lost many friends who battle this addiction on a daily basis. This treatment facility is EXACTLY what Greenfield needs, and I only wish it were larger and more funds were available. I would, and shall offer to volunteer for this project. Because as citizens and residents of Greenfield and the surrounding areas, we have a responsibility to our community. Number one, to save lives. Number two, to battle this plague as intensely as possible, with any and all means at our disposal. Number three, to focus on prevention and education for our kids. I would like to see so many of the old tool factories put to use as rehabilitation centers, and even a step further, a place where addicts can be offered an alternative to drugs, job training and counseling, even a tiered paradigm, that starts with detox and works up to counseling and recovery work. It is the attitude of the uneducated to fear the unknown, a natural response. Unfortunately, it is the persecution of the suffering addict which continues to compound the problem. Experts argue that addiction is a health issue, a sickness, and not a choice, decisions and actions need to be based on this simple fact. This health crisis that is devastating our towns, our people, our children, should be addressed as such. We can't just keep stuffing the prisons with sick people. It is having little to no effect, and the consequences of mass incarceration have led to a whole other set of disasters. It is not my desire to bash or criticize overwhelmingly here. However, this article seemed to bring out the callous, the selfish, and the unrealistic. Applause for artists? Great. That's the sound I will try to focus on the next funeral I go to. Greenfield needs to start fighting back, and this is a great opportunity. Let it pass us by at our peril. Massrecovery2015@hotmail.com ...(full comment)

Residents concerned about locating 64-bed detox center at former Lunt property

A vast number of property owners are perfectly willing to let Kinder Morgan take this to eminent domain. Kudos to them: they are heroes. That may be a way to limit the harm they will be able to cause, because once they have an easement, it appears that they don't live up to agreements with FERC (like mitigation) or make only token efforts, and they also ship CO2 and Bitumen. The world is evidently their toilet, and human beings fungible in their relentless quest for obscene profit. ...(full comment)

Local energy manager talks pipeline risks

So their application is delayed by a month. The smaller pipeline is MORE EXPENSIVE per unit and this will cause a LARGER tariff on electric bills. Minor alterations to existing pipelines that are ALREADY in the ground will address any remaining need because there are already pipelines put in service to flood the region with gas. An example: the Williams transco pipeline went into service in May of 2015 serving the Northeast and will reduce prices. ISO NE shows that power usage for the last twelve months is at lower levels than it has been since June 2002 . . . and with new lightbulb technology gaining market share this will drop further. Kinder Morgan hasn't gotten subscribers for its export pipeline and is using its existing customers to swindle an export line and steal private and conservation land. Recent reports in investment news also indicate that they may be reporting their corporate earnings in MLP fashion after restructuring as a corporation last year, which may be deceptive. ...(full comment)

Pipeline filing details include lower capacity

This project is completely unnecessary. ...(full comment)

Pipeline filing details include lower capacity

One should not praise a deal they have not read. Did not all the democrats praise the health care law (before reading it). How perfect was that??!! This could be the cold war all over again. Or, a quick lesson in the application of tactical nuclear weapons. I think most of the Iranian sites are away from population centers, which would make the use of them more likely then bunker buster bombs. That was the equalizer between the soviets and NATO years ago (tactical nukes). The soviet army outnumbered NATO by a 12-15 to 1 ratio. ...(full comment)

Massachusetts senators hail Iran deal

Funny how Martin says everything is free... that's why Greenfield has the 3rd highest property taxes in the STATE! ...(full comment)

Greenfield’s downtown to become hot spot: Free-to-use pilot network will last until January

With the growing death toll of the opiate crisis, it's understandable why Mass residents would turn to this sort of thing. However the Section 35 component allowing for involuntary committal is unconstitutional and a perversion of not only justice, but social justice. Not to mention ineffective, expensive and even downright dangerous for some people. As Americans we are granted the rights to an attorney, due process and fair trial before being sentenced to serve time (technically). There is no actual "trial" in an involuntary commitment hearing. It is family court, where mudslinging and here-say win over actual physical evidence. No drug tests or documentation are required, and in fact the "defendant" (improper term as defendants have rights, a section 35 victim does not) is not granted the time or the legal tools to acquire proof that they are in fact, not a drug addict or not currently using. Hell, they can't even piss in a cup in the jail cell though they may beg to. They do not get to pass go, do not collect civil liberties and are instead proceed directly to bottom-barrel state-run rehab. Where 1 size fits all and that size is the culty AA Big Book bullshit and if you don't accept that, you must just be in denial. That's not the only thing Kafka-esque about the whole ordeal. The facilities are staffed with former addicts on power trips and there are bugs climbing the walls. Even the sober people see them! While the entire way we approach drug addiction should be overhauled, Section 35 providing for an involuntary commitment is not the solution. It's just compounding the problem. ...(full comment)

More families turn to Section 35 — involuntary committal — to help their drug-addicted loved ones

And in the state of Massachusetts, we are still paying off the "Big Dig" until 2038, which destroyed the economies of countless Western Massachusetts towns and cities. Now the state is considering a spendy Olympics in Boston which will further burden taxpayers, AND forcing rate payers to shoulder the costs of private profit gas export pipelines. Our Governor is also busy syphoning money out of public programs into wall street's pockets with efforts to privatize public schools. Greece is a picture of the plan evolving for the rest of us: Puerto Rico is bankrupt and this is a humanitarian crisis. A number of other states are also foundering, as wealth is syphoned off from the economy to Cayman Island accounts. Climate Change is already harming food and water resources. We can no longer afford or tolerate the politics of narcissism and wealth hoarding, and we are nearing the point of self destruction. We have recently learned, thanks to the behavior of one billionaire company toward citizens, just how expendable and fungible we are to the obscenely wealthy. It's time to end this. ...(full comment)

Letter: Our Greece warning