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Leverett, recognized that it needed to take the initiative and build and own its own network and could not wait for "pie in the sky by and by" promises of "Wired West". Shutesbury officials on the other hand drank the Wired West Kool-aid and are therefore Shutesbury is still without high speed internet and likely will stay that way for some time. ...(full comment)

Leverett lights up townwide broadband

Thank you for this story. I was unaware of this temple before. I am looking forward to attending the ceremonies this Sunday and hearing all of these speakers. ...(full comment)

Leverett Peace Pagoda turns 30: Sunday ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m.

Love those food bank executive editors! ...(full comment)

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Once again, thank God for the neighbors who called it in and for all the first responders. ...(full comment)

Shelburne Falls blaze displaces three people, pets

If you do not participate as an American Catholic, why would your thoughts even matter? They are not clamoring for women priests in Latin America or Asia. Is the church not ordaining women a scandal? No, I think priests who have engaged in hebephilia and ephebophilia ( Sexual abuse) is a scandal. scandals you try to keep quiet or sweep under the rug. Female priests I do not think that is the case. Maybe married priests should be the first addition. The about of women as nuns has been decreasing and I have not heard a peep about having men as nuns, have you? In fact, why even go to Mass on family occasions ( would that be Easter, Christmas and weddings)? Is there a purpose in that, do you get anything out of it? It seems like a checklist item. That seems shallow and sad. ...(full comment)

Letter: Time to ordain women

There is so much misinformation in this letter, it's hard to know where to start. For one thing if you're going to criticize other people's intelligence it's helpful if you can write a complete sentence. Also if you're going to talk about what most Americans think, I suggest you look at some independent polling data – – by which I do not mean Fox News. ...(full comment)

Letter: The Obama mess

Amen! We are standing by for news of the ordination of women. ...(full comment)

Letter: Time to ordain women

Still enjoy reading your columns after all these years. U.Mass should have spent a few years studying how U.Conn made a very successful transition. I suspect we are never going to see a successful transition. We should have stayed 1AA and looked to be consistently in the top ten. U.NH is a great example with a truly great program and the same coach for many years. How about a article about father/ son handing down the valley sports tradation. Brett Gewanter directing his two boys Seth and Kade. Thanks, Ted Gewanter ...(full comment)

Keeping Score: Properly motivated

The DPU is staffed with career fossil fuel execs who are likely looking down the road at lucrative jobs after this stint working for the gas investments' industry while masquerading as "state regulators". These folks lack any ethical training whatsoever, and don't even care about the appearance of corruption any longer. Given the enormous monetary pot of gold (LNG exports from Canadian terminals) at the end of the faux necessity rainbow, you can bet they know how to butter their own bread: and screw any ethical consideration, or even legal obligations to citizens in MA. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Municipal power plan's denial shocking

The DPU is being monitored by our AG. The DPU is acting in an arbitrary manner to ensure that their own strange objectives are met. It appears they are not actually ptotecting or listening to Massachusetts rate payers. Their lack of transparancy is being monitored closely by the AG, as evidenced by the stern letter her office wrote FERC last week concerning the DPU's rush to judgement style on precedent agreements for gas company buy ins related the proposed NED pipeline. It is going to get dicey in Boston soon for the DPU. FYI: The DPU is sitting on a panel discussion in Boston 9/29 co-sponsored by Berkshire Gas's Counsel where Kinder Morgan will be the sole presenter on infrastructure, right before the DPU panel goes on. The DPU is rotten; they are under scrutiny. We, the rate payers, need to contact the AG at 617-727-2200 to let her office know that we do not abide and we need more help from her office since the DPU is going to great lengths to ensure higher costs for utilities for rate payers. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Municipal power plan's denial shocking

It seems to me to be well thought out and responsibly planned and carried out. While the tires may have been the best solution to the erosion problem years ago, given what we know today they need to be removed and replaced with something better, natural and non-toxic. ...(full comment)

Tire-some work: Hundreds of tires pulled from Greenfield river bank in Source to Sea Cleanup

Large deals like this will help drive the cost of paint protection film down and better the existing technology. With 3M and Xpel dominating the industry, I see this as a good thing. In the last 5 years nearly every car I have owned has had some sort of clear bra installed and as the industry gets larger hopefully it will find it's way on cars before they leave the factories. Although high end specialty installers like or folks like West Cost Customs will be on the forefront of how well these products perform and can recommend the best of the best. ...(full comment)

Georgia co. buys Argotec for $215M

A true public servant and impassioned advocate for this entire region! She is widely respected and serves from a very genuine concern for others that is refreshing in these times! ...(full comment)

Letter: We need Ricketts