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The Attorney General's report refutes the outrageous claims for abuse of eminent domain for private investment company seeking to take private property and conservation land on the pretext of "public necessity". These are the largest land takings since the Turnpike, and miles and miles and miles of land that will chemically ruined, forcing people to live in incineration zones so a private company can take and sell U.S. gas for private profit. ...(full comment)

Markey: Canadian natural gas export OK confirms plans for area pipeline

The Attorney General's report refutes the outrageous claims for abuse of eminent domain for private investment company seeking to take private property and conservation land on the pretext of "public necessity". These are the largest land takings since the Turnpike, and miles and miles and miles of land that will chemically ruined, forcing people to live in incineration zones so a private company can take and sell U.S. gas for private profit. ...(full comment)

Markey: Canadian natural gas export OK confirms plans for area pipeline

The statement in this article: "Matrix Design Group is currently providing broadband to Leverett" is incorrect. Matrix was one of several contractors involved with building the broadband FTTH network for Leverett but is not affiliated with the town in any way at this time. Network operation is managed by HG&E of Holyoke and internet services are provided by Crocker Communications under separate contracts to the Leverett Municipal Light Plant. - Denzel Hankinson Leverett Municipal Light Plant Board, Chair ...(full comment)

Montague to negotiate with broadband company to nearly eliminate unserved homes

Very good article! So many fail to understand that many "churches" are anything but Christian for they deny the historic teachings of the faith while openly denying the authority of the Scriptures. We could easily add to these 5, the 2nd coming of Christ and salvation by grace through faith alone but Pastor Bourbeau is %100 correct. Well done! -Pastor Michael Grant Moores Corner Church Leverett, MA ...(full comment)

Faith Matters: My five tenets of Christianity

In this day and age, and especially when seniors are usually the most vocal about taxes, it seems irresponsible to build a building with town money that is restricted to only one segment of the population while others go without. This is a bunch of hubbub about nothing. A senior center is a building with rooms, and ramps....pretty much the same thing a youth center would include. Youth are at school during the day, seniors are not - there are lots of ways to stagger the uses. Programming can be creative to make the best and most harmonious use of one community center. Seniors are after all still part of the "community." ...(full comment)

Letter: A senior center only

Agreed!! ...(full comment)

Letter: Don’t retire now

There are so many programs which help finance solar projects. Do you look at everything you can't afford as being stuck to the poor? ...(full comment)

Letter: I offer a challenge

Thank you, nobiomass. I don't have the scientific facts at my fingertips, but I knew we were going to go astray when he started with "I firmly believe..." Beliefs don't count. Facts do. ...(full comment)

Letter: I offer a challenge

My goodness Mr Bates! All you have to do is a Google search to prove you wrong. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-31/solar-wind-power-costs-drop-as-fossil-fuels-increase-iea-says http://www.worldwatch.org/renewables-becoming-cost-competitive-fossil-fuels-us I have to admit, I do swallow scientific fact about the rate in which the planet is warming, hook line and sinker. Even if you don't understand data, the photos are compelling. http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ Mr Bates, are you suggesting that the pollution of BILLIONS of people have no effect on the earth and its atmosphere? ...(full comment)

Letter: I offer a challenge

Some cannot afford the initial cost of solar panels. So again let us stick it to the poorer among us! Gus L. ...(full comment)

Letter: I offer a challenge

Input 'solar panels' and 'carbon neutral' into your favorite search engine. Numerous studies exist that disprove your belief. One might assume that 20% efficiency of a solar panel is pathetic, since that's obviously a lot less than 100% efficency. However, the theoretical maximum output of a solar cell, given the limits of the materials and the physics involved, is going to generally be somewhere around 35%, so 15-20% efficiency isn't bad. Most Americans already own an 'appliance' that they depend on and use frequently, that operates between 15-25% efficiency. It's their car. If they’re going to sell it and walk everywhere until someone comes up with one that's carbon neutral, they've got a lifetime of walking ahead of them. The Prius and the Volt don't produce (net) electricity, they consume it both in production and operation, hence there is no applicable carbon 'payback' period, as there is for solar panels. They may be less 'dirty' than alternative vehicles, but they’re 'dirty' nonetheless. Not true of solar panels. For those worried about their neighbors 'sticking it to them' with their solar panels? Get some solar panels of your own. Battlefield leveled. Yes, the earth has natural climate cycles. That doesn't put the lie to anthropomorphic climate effects, any more than the inevitability of dying means that modern medicine is nonsense. Whether one person believes in human influenced climate change while another doesn't makes no difference, because facts and science don't require, nor do they change, in the face of one person's support or another's disbelief. ...(full comment)

Letter: I offer a challenge

CEO pay has escalated to 500 or more times what the least paid workers earn, and at the very top of this mountain, these folks pay less than 10% on their haul, Often LESS, while all other folks pay full share. Billionaire corporations are in debt up to their eyeballs, borrowing at 0% interest, with deferred taxes: while young people can only borrow money for college at 8% interest. For the past forty years, corporations routinely short pension funds, have all manner of complex loopholes to slough off debt and remain in business, while the leadership is not held accountable for failure, or for providing promised jobs. The whole "lifestyles of the rich and famous thing" is nauseating . . . ever bigger McMansions, multiple homes, yachts: Off Shore accounts: not willing to pay for the nation that supports them. Meanwhile, our infrastructure is crumbling, deferred maintenance on everything is beginning to have devastating consequences, and "we shouldn't have to pay for anything" has become the outrageous mantra of people whose greed and narcissism are wrecking this nation and this planet. There is money for businesses, but the highest takers are the ones ruining it for small community businesses, and the sooner these smaller businesses wake up and stop allying themselves against their communities the better. Billionaire companies should not be infesting Chambers of Commerce, nor manipulating the tax structure. ...(full comment)

Letter: Handicapping business

Bernie Sanders is also filling arenas wherever he goes, and he actually has something to say. Your guy is just an overgrown playground bully and don't kid yourself that he cares even the slightest little bit about you; he only cares about him. ...(full comment)

Letter: Oh those Clintons