Greenfield stores are closing every day. F.Y.E. closed last month. I have three teenagers who have no place but the internet to buy movies, x-box games, clothing and toys online. Every time I do this I would rather spend my money in town. Because Greenfield loses out on the sales tax. Walmart has announced that they will be paying $15 an hour. A store usually brings in about 200 full and part time jobs to greenfield not counting the construction jobs. I bet the 7 abutters originally had no problem with it. One of our citizens actually targets Walmart's for a living. He has books out titled The Case Against Walmart and Slam Dunking Walmart. Forbes magazine called him Walmart's number 1 enemy. Greenfield citizens want and deserve a big box retail store. I hope the courts favor the developer. ...(full comment)
Yes, rail transport is dangerous. But there are risks and dangers associated with pipelines, too, just that (aside from explosions) they tend to be more insidious and spread out over more area - like leakage, inviting invasive species, the ever-continual loss of trees and the associated surface and groundwater pollution from runoff/sediment, further destruction of habitat. These things aren't as glamorous in terms of danger but they are there, and add it up over millions of miles of pipeline, and it compounds and accumulates. When do we say enough is enough? My main problem with the pipeline is that is a massive forced investment of the public, with no guaranteed return on investment (can they guarantee our gas rates will lower? fat chance) for a fuel that is and should be on its way out - gas wells are drying up already, some have a life of only 30 more years. Not a good long-term investment when other countries are investing so heavily in renewables; we will not be competitive if we don't start to subsidize renewables in the way we're so willing to for fossil fuels. ...(full comment)
Very interesting to think how the house was heated in the old days. Because the next few winters will be like this one. It is unfortunate about the rising costs to heat a home for many residents. It is especially hard on seniors who are living on a fixed income. You mention shrinking government aid, but fail to say the energy costs are going up because of the government. As the government forces more green energy use on power companies the cost will continue to rise. I myself have been very happy that propane is still $1.13 a gallon and that oak and manzanita burn long and hot. ...(full comment)
As a PhD scientist, I share your concerns about science communication. Debates that start with real issues become political games configured to make careers. I find that the cycle can be broken by introducing an "outside the box" view, causing the debaters to at least take a deep breath and count to ten. For example, the vaccination debate circles about our children. Both sides overlook the fact that an unvaccinated child becomes an unvaccinated, senior, adult. The disease that was a nuisance to the child can be fatal to the senior. We have evidence for the consequences when we consider our Native American population in the face of smallpox. ...(full comment)
Big Skippy was always top notch. I had a ton of respect for him. Lots of great memories. I was glad that he lead my father's service. He was nothing short of professional, sincere and said some wonderful things about my dad. No more pain. Say hello to my mom and dad Skippy! ...(full comment)
Do you know how many white (unarmed men) have been killed by police officers of color in that same time span? Do you know how many police officers have been killed by men of color in that same time span?
I am guessing that you do not.
Do you know how many men of color have been killed by men of color in that same time span?
I think you do not.
Here is what should be done. Find out the numbers and work on the problems in order of the highest amount of deaths first.
That would leave men of color being killed by whiter police officers last.
I like to solve problems that will give the biggest results or improvements first. ...(full comment)
you need to look closely at Nevada (don't count Las Vegas, Vegas is a different breed altogether) and California. If all you have is casinos I think you have over estimated your results. Vegas has a lot of other stuff and Reno/Tahoe has skiing and a great nightlife. ...(full comment)
Seems to me if its a grease build up it could be cleaned up, a vent hood isn't what you would call sophisticated. $30.000 ?, I hope that includes the fire suppression (that nobody noticed wasn't even there) otherwise, some shopping around is in order. It also seems to me that if nobody cared enough to notice these deficiencies over the last however many years, 30 days is a little hasty to kill a small business. If the town, or state has the power to shut down a business at the snap of a finger, don't they also have the power to grant extensions? This whole thing sounds odd to me. ...(full comment)
Congressman Neal believes there is strong support for the Olympic Games in western Massachusetts and statewide,”
Sorry Richie but I don't support the Olympics coming to Boston or western MA. This will be a huge drain on public funds that we in the four western counties are already being shorted on for a variety of key services. I can't wait to cast my vote against Boston 2024 on an upcoming statewide ballot question so we can go on record as not wanting the games here. ...(full comment)
People perform best in jobs that they enjoy doing, training is a must, funds for said training another must, availability of jobs plus transportation is severely lacking. People lose hope and learn to live in poverty rather than struggling to survive! Dealing drugs is fast income and easy, if you get caught... you learn to adjust to another lifestyle. ...(full comment)