If any good is to come of Wednesday’s fatal shooting...BULL....! there is never any good to come out of anyones murder.
Maybe we should ban all media so people would not seek to become that "darkest kind of celebrity".
We could ban all weapons from the entire world and stop all war and violent crimes.
Maybe we should stop manufacturing planes, automobiles, sharp objects and chemicals that could be responsible for killing innocent people.
Evil will always be amongst us, how we deal with it is the real blame. ...(full comment)
It is great to hear these thoughtful questions being asked by a high school student. Not that I don't expect that thoughtfulness from high school students, but we do see very few younger people involved in the pipeline protests. I would love to hear your opinion on how we could get other younger people involved; it is your land to inherit.
There's one other thing I would like to add: I do find it interesting that so many people believe putting this pipeline through will reduce their utility rates. Can anyone remember the last time rates went down? It never happens! Even if origination rates change, this is never passed on to the ratepayers. In fact it appears that some of the costs of building this pipeline will be passed on to the consumers, whether as a rate hike or as fees that will be assessed. There are so many reasons to hate this pipeline, and so few to like it (a handful of short-term jobs, which, if true to form, are likely to go to out of state workers); rate changes will most probably be one of the former. ...(full comment)
At the bottom of Bank Row, trying to turn left onto Mill Street from Deerfield Street, can be futile. But the advice given in the article, to get your car as close to the white line as possible, is wrong here. You should actually stop your car a car's length back from the white line. The camera must be pointing at the wrong angle. I noticed that if another car appears and waits behind me, the left turn light turns green soon. So I started stopping farther back from the while line, and voilà! problem solved. ...(full comment)
The light at the foot of Bank Row often 'short cycles' traffic from Bank Row, turning left onto Deerfield Street. I've repeatedly seen traffic backed, sometimes nearly to the Town Common, as the light lets 2 or 3 cars turn left before turning red again. It doesn’t help that the weeds growing out from the railroad overpass are really removed, and at times appear to obscure the camera's view of the intersection. ...(full comment)
I moved to Keene, NH, from Greenfield, over a decade ago. Since then I've seen this city solve the exact same problems (3 of them) with 'roundabouts'. Come up, and see how well they work. Yes you have to 'take a bite' out of Peter Miller's Town Common, but that's doable (perhaps). ...(full comment)
"According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the SIX New England states consumed a total of 889 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2013. Their data also show that New England's natural gas inflow capacity is currently at 1,709 Bcf/yr. This figure does not include the additional capacity of up to 150 Bcf/year from the regions three LNG import facilities, that have been mostly idle." . . . this from a recent scholarly letter to FERC. The whole case for this massive overbuild is collusion among gas investment entities looking to pipe Marcellus gas to export terminals in Bear Head, Goldboro and the other three LNG terminals located in Northern Maine, and Atlantic Canada. Kinder Morgan has a fleet of tankers on order. This is an export pipeline: this is even discussed in their literature, their board meetings and in contact with their investors. This is graft and theft on a massive scale, and complete abuse of eminent domain. All but one of their customers are those of their existing pipeline in Southern Massachusetts, which is now being aggressively marketed in Connecticut. The remaining "customer" is one in which they appear to have part ownership. This whole project is riddled with conflicts of interest, advertising hyperbole that passes for news, and misinformation. They are currrently sponsoring phone calls all over the area from telemarketers in India, funneled through a website in Boston. If this kind of thing can occur in this nation, there really is NO rule of law any longer.
This will be, in essence, theft of U.S. gas for private profit: we've been forced to subsidize this industry under the guise of "energy independence": this will force us all to compete with other nations for gas we have, in essence, been forced to pay for: just to enrich a small number of extraordinarily greedy individuals; with no benefit to this region, its people, its government, or indeed to anyone. The toll of this will be devastating. Coupled with the fact that with well decline, massive exports will require more and more and more destruction of land, water, and habitat in the U.S. This is obscene. ...(full comment)