I thought Park Villa and Redbrook were "owned" by the Montague Housing Authority---and managed by Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Were Martin and Pyers in the Affordable Housing industry as well as regional development? If someone wanted to review the funding for those two housing developments, i.e., public records...where might they be, with the Department of Housing and Community Development now? Or was Federal funding involved (HUD)? ...(full comment)
This letter from Berkshire Gas doesn't seem credible. And in the Boston Globe this morning, there is further substantiation of the leak issue:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/01/22/natural-gas-leaks-boston-area-are-far-more-extensive-than-thought/5BykQrnaGRr2XLtxpHqLIM/story.html ...(full comment)
Berkshire Gas is well aware of the substantial harm to conservation and private land, and the toll this will take on small towns, and private homeowners in Massachusetts. They are making huge case based on thin evidence, never mind forcing hundreds of citizens in Massachusetts to live in 1000 ft. blast zones, with chemicals leaking into water and soil, and billions of feet of volatile unconventional gas under high pressure in the least safe pipeline flowing adjacent to, or under live, high voltage electricity cables- all day, every day.
The proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline is 84% over even the questionably high capacity of the state's study. That gas is for export: none of it will benefit this region, but may line the pockets of Berkshire gas. Berkshire gas clearly cares more about being part of the feeding frenzy for export dolllars than the community and state it purports to serve. Ms. Eisemen is a scholarly and articulate woman who is advocating for a just and humane concern. ...(full comment)
Why should someone have to be a registered voter in order to sign a petition to get it on the ballot? I would expect the person would register to vote in order to eventually vote on the article. I agree with a plastic ban, returning to the old paper & glass ideal is just what we need but it shouldn't stop at bags and single serving bottles, although it is a good place to start. ...(full comment)
I agree. The self-righteous sense of entitlement takes precedence over common courtesy. There is nothing more dangerous than someone who thinks their cause is so "just" that they trample on the rights and dignity of others.
In terms of attitude, those who interrupted the honoring of this veteran are little different than the Westboro Baptist Church with their disgusting anti-gay protests at funerals. ...(full comment)
The state should not be wasting tax money on any more studies on the availability of low grade wood which choke our forests - they've already been done. http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/doer/renewables/biomass/bio-08-02-28-wmass-assess.pdf
For those who bemoan the export of sawlogs to Canada they should question why most sawmills in MA have gone out of business. The reason is higher energy costs, higher labor costs, and excessive regulations.
We had a great opportunity to help landowners with the proposed biomass plant but unfortunately it was killed. So if a wood pellet plant is proposed, will the same anti-forestry extremists want to kill that too? ...(full comment)
Only a court is competent to determine whether or not this ban is effective. Kinder Morgan is trying to scare people by saying it isn't. Congratulations to the Deerfield Board of Health for standing up to a company that wants to impose serious health risks on Deerfield residents! ...(full comment)
The warrant article for passing the Conway Town Garage was defeated because it did not reach the required 2/3 majority by six votes. In other words the article passed by a majority (more people were in favor of constructing the garage) but just not enough. To say it was "soundly defeated" is misleading. ...(full comment)
Took my boys for a train ride to Northampton for lunch on Saturday. No tickets. Tried using the 1-800 number but the automated voice was too slow. Missed the train. Went to lunch anyway. ...(full comment)