I want to say thanks for all three excellent parts of this column- very informative, and substantiated. I may take you to task at another time, so put this one in the bank! Ha! ...(full comment)
Firstly, journalist go to war to bring back the stories. It has zero to do with "advancing their career" and to state that it does, belittles those who have put their lives on the line to bring us information.
Secondly, I highly doubt you have the insider facts to state, "So now the U.S. is back in the Middle East on military footing without clear objectives, without reliable — and paying — allies, and without defined geographical perimeters. "
Journalist, from all over the world, are doing their jobs. Aid workers, from all over the world, are doing their jobs. Soldiers from many countries are doing their jobs.
So do use all a favor, why don't you work on being united during these very trying years, instead of promoting divisiveness through your criticism, judgment and misinformation. ...(full comment)
"Unenrolled" is nothing more than a Democratic Party trick to maintain control over elections. The correct word is independent, as in Declaration of Independence. Democrats were looking for a word that conveys a connotation of impropriety, and unenrolled was the one that seemed to convey that the best.
Independent voters are United States citizens who are registered to vote, which is all that should be necessary in order to participate in the United States government. Before the election of 1800 all voters in the United States were independent voters because there were no organized political parties in the United States. President George Washington said that political parties and their members and candidates for office were the ones who were doing something wrong, not independent voters.
After two hundred years of political party control, we now understand that George Washington was right. Independent voters do not like to be called unenrolled. Voter registration is all that should be necessary. George Washington called political parties "self-created societies". If you are going to call independent voters "unenrolled", how about calling political parties "self-created societies"?
It is only fair. ...(full comment)
The date for the Montague Business Association Shredding Day is incorrect in this article. The correct day is Saturday, September 13. If you could run this correction in the Talk of the Town and the Neighbors sections it would be much appreciated. ...(full comment)
As one of the people who is working in the resistance to the pipeline, I can't help but wonder about the the history of LaFleur's statement, which seems outrageous. How can FERC be so clueless about what's at stake here? Or do they not care? Is FERC so in the pocket of these huge corporations that they are dead to the reality of what these pipeline projects mean to us who live and work and build lives that will be destroyed if this pipeline goes through? Did Cheryl LaFleur really say, word for word, that FERC doesn't have time for environmental studies and they don't care about where this gas is going?
Thank you for your letter and for keeping this issue alive. There are now dozens of interventions and comments on the FERC website. I have read every single one of them, and it is clear that segmentation is illegal and is huge threat to the people of Sandisfield. It is also clear that Kinder Morgan is trying to circumvent due process so they can sneak their project past us. We must make sure they do not act above the law and that the public at large is made aware of what is happening to our community rights at the hands of $100 billion corporations. And, we must make sure that FERC hears the voices of the people they're affecting, loud and clear. ...(full comment)
Oh, and gas investment interests are completely exempt from superfund legislation, so Kinder Morgan was quite serious that accidents and spills create "job opportunities" but only if "communities can organize" in getting things cleaned up. Are these the kind of jobs we want for our children in Massachusetts. Do a google search of superfund sights already in Massachusetts, and communities like Woburn that have ongoing cancer clusters decades later. Where is our health department????
Jennifer, I'm representing the Pipeline Resistance and we would like to know your citation for Cheryl Lafleur's statement. Did you speak to her in person or on the phone or via email? To make such a statement indicates a level of negligence that causes considerable concern; we want to make sure her statement is completely -- word for word if possible -- accurate. Thank you very much for your letter and for continuing to keep this very grave subject in the public eye.
To date, there are dozens of interventions and comments on the FERC website, many personal testimonies that make it very clear that this project, if it goes forward, will be a disaster for our Commonwealth. Thanks again. ...(full comment)
Kinder Morgan was specifically named in Federal Court ruling, citing both the company and FERC for segmenting pipeline projects and stating that this process cuts short necessary environmental impact studies and regional planning The court ruled that this is illegal. . . .
This "little" segment in Sandisfield, MA is actually part of an entire pipeline plan for the state of Massachusetts and should be treated as part of the entire project. ...(full comment)
Cannot compete with the Chinese unless we go back to ten hour days, doing away with the minimum wage, and paid vacations. The laws of the global economy demand this if America is to maintain a remnant of its industrial base.
This country no longer has much use for its working-class. ...(full comment)