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I don't know who is calculating these bills and usage but my bill did not increase by 30%,35%, or 38% it increased by 100%. ...(full comment)

Conway lawyer to AG: Investigate electric cost hike

Very interesting. We must remember that our MA DPU approved the hikes for both Ntional Grid (38%) and Eversource (26%) before the actually experienced any losses from "energy shortages". More interesting is that National Grid recently announced that they are reducing prices by 26% in May. Likely because they did not experience the anticipated hike in natural gas prices. My point is that much of the blame should fall on the MA Dept. of Public Utilities. ...(full comment)

Conway lawyer to AG: Investigate electric cost hike

I am extremely proud of my granddaughter Emma Laster and the rest of her fifth grade team , I feel that they should have had their pictures and names in this article as well! ...(full comment)

Gill Elementary sends two Destination Imagination teams to the state finals

I agree! Kinder Morgan, you ain't in Tennessee anymore - we can see right through this! ...(full comment)

Letter: Bait and switch

I'm going tomorrow for the first time. Can't wait! ...(full comment)

Blanker/My Turn: Taking the train: All aboard

This article from NOAA should explain that harsher winters are related to climate change. As always, scientific FACT should never be ignored. http://climate.gov/news-features/climate-qa/are-record-snowstorms-proof-global-warming-isn%E2%80%99t-happening ...(full comment)

Letter: ‘Consensus is not science’

We can no longer believe that this is "denial". It is active aggression to prevent the larger population from effectively organizing to promote survival to the extent possible. If you are paying attention, you know that the pace of climate change is now speeding up. You will also notice that a small group of obscenely wealthy individuals are making a grab for assets and are hoarding wealth in off shore bank accounts. Citizens United was a deliberate step in an onslaught of attacks to dismantle the ability of average citizens to protect their own well-being, while the obscenely wealthy strip out money and resources to insure their own survival. They will be the last to suffer, while enacting genocide on everyone else. And this is being done deliberately. The effects of climate change were known by these elements long before they have been widely accepted by the public, and professional liars are hired to make sure "doubt" has been sown for as long as possible. We are at a crisis point: and while a significant portion of the population still "doubts", the noose is being deliberately crafted by climate change aggressors. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Their heads in the Florida sand

So if am I reading this situation correctly, according to Isaac Mass, chronic use of tobacco smoke is a limited public health risk, but a one-time exposure to BBQ smoke is worth a $1 million-plus lawsuit against Punkinfest. Even with my obviously inferior reasoning skills and education, I still think perhaps this is a battle that Councilor Mass should not suit up for. But with the courthouse under construction, and no hallways to prowl for fresh clients... perhaps he finds himself with more time than usual on his hands. I'm gonna go home tonight and smoke a rack of ribs, since I am over 21 and it is my right as an American. Try and stop me, Councilor Mass! ...(full comment)

Greenfield councilor Isaac Mass pushing back against health board’s new smoking regs

All governments and businesses that regulate and manage for us do so on the basis of proven scientific and engineering facts. Human values are also part of their decisions. The writer and those who agree with the writer are ignoring important facts. How does it work, what are the worst case consequences, how much time is there to take action to stop worst case situations, and what preparations must be made to deal with the situation? With Vermont Yankee shut down the small danger from the used fuel decreases minute by minute, day by day. The time to interrupt a worst case chain of events grows longer and longer. Right now, there is a very long time available. (At Fukushima there was a whole day before any releases. The first evacuation was ordered after several hours.) The writer continues to spread fear and doubt with these issues. Why? There was something there, but Chicken Little was exaggerating. ...(full comment)

Letter: An eye on Yankee

Eminent Domain for Private profit and export facilities: this is obscene and should be unconstitutional: it is another means of undermining and terrorizing hardworking U.S. citizens. ...(full comment)

Letter: Combined sources?

Pieridae filed for export and NEPA exemption (federal register, dated Dec. 10, 2014, wherein it states that pipe lines and fossil fuel companies stand to gain 18 QUADRILLION dollars from selling U.S. gas abroad. And that is only one of four LNG terminals for that area: there are three additional proposals in ME. Clearly there is some benefit to these organizations joining in the corporate feeding frenzy, to steal five square miles of Massachusetts pristine conservation and private land to syphon off U.S. resources for private profit. There is no shortage of pipelines: there IS a shortage of honest brokers in the gas investment industry and utilities. ...(full comment)

Letter: Combined sources?

Conservatives have a strange definition of "Liberty". If you want the freedom to be a self-destructive fool, why do my taxes have to pay for your health care when you come down with cancer? ...(full comment)

Greenfield councilor Isaac Mass pushing back against health board’s new smoking regs

“They were supplying a lot of shade, so it has been difficult keeping those areas of road below the trees free from ice in the winter, which creates another safety hazard,” said Ouellette. By that logic, we should cut down all the trees in Greenfield. Also, the director says they were an invasive species, but the article does not say what species the trees were. There should be more care into saving trees instead of just resorting to cutting them down (even if that's cheaper, which is what I expect was the extent of analysis done here) because loss of tree canopy can dramatically change a streetscape and reduce property values. (Also, with Greenfield's sky-high property taxes, why can't this town ever seem to find the money to do anything???) ...(full comment)

Tree removals a must, according to public works boss