Talkback

Debbie, who wants to live near a power plant? If anything, a power plant in that location burning fossil fuels all day will lower surrounding property values, reducing tax revenue. And energy companies, like all multi-national corporations these days, always find a way not to pay taxes, usually by threatening to take away jobs. It'd be a wash, at best. Fossil fuels like natural gas are the energy of the past; we need to invest in energy sources of the future, because eventually, the gas will run out, if our drinking water isn't poisoned first. ...(full comment)

New coalition forms to fight pipeline

Here is a thought, maybe wait until you have an established safety net for children (maybe marriage would also help).She could still be in Arizona in school or maybe in her career. It may be harsh, but the government gets their money from the people and a lot of people are having a hard time in the Obama economy. People making bad choices are making hard on everybody. ...(full comment)

Newly homeless mom and newborn make best of bad situation far from family

The Gospel of John was in fact the last to be written, and I apologize for the error. I was thinking of Pauline epistles, written earlier than Matthew and Luke, which did not mention either the virgin birth or any other aspect of the nativity fables. ...(full comment)

Letter: Foolish insistence

They're even in MA now? So much for escaping the poison industrialization here in our ill- chosen WV retirement hell, by moving back to Amherst... But why hasn't MA -RISEN UP- the way NY state has, to STOP these chemical warfare invaders? One can sort of understand WV, they're gullible from centuries of corporate extractionists' paycheck propaganda, but; MA? The home of the American Revolution against fascism? ...(full comment)

What does pipeline mean for farmers?

This is news: room for a SECOND pipeline???? They are just full of surprises aren't they. This is the way property owners are treated. You don't find anything out directly, they get the bargains they can early, before folks know what they're up against, and then the fine print has Halliburton loopholes, too. Beware. It might sound good. Folks can still rescind permission, and be sure to notarize and get a receipt returned to you. Eminent domain has benefits to landowners. ...(full comment)

What does pipeline mean for farmers?

Sorry, I now see that you corrected the online version, but I'm holding a newspaper that says "North". ...(full comment)

Interstate 91 extension cost more than money

This is actually looking SOUTH with the photographer above Yankee Candle, the Tri Town Beach water on the left, with Urkiels tree farm above it, and you can see the 2 rest areas, and Christian Lane in Whately is where the horizontal line of trees ends at the top and fields begin again. I enjoy your local coverage immensely, and wish I could proof read things for you before you publish. Maybe you could correct this before putting it in The Daily Hampshire Gazette? ...(full comment)

Interstate 91 extension cost more than money

Lovely description! ...(full comment)

Up and down the contra line

Here is how I see it. The President believes he knows better than anyone. While you need to obey laws, he does not. I think all Americans believe in immigration, but they believe in legal immigration. Why doesn't the President use the military to take over Mexico and the Central American countries and then everybody could be in the United States. Wouldn't that work better. We could then get rid of INS, the border patrol and everything associated with immigration. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Obama’s message on immigration

While I am aware that Northfield suffered as a result of the storm, why is it that tiny Erving, which lost its power at 3:20 the day BEFORE Thanksgiving, is never mentioned? Northfield had 18 more hours than we did. Those 18 hours are the ones during which you prep all the food. You have been known for uneven coverage for as long as I have been in the valley and this reporting validates what others have been saying for 40 years. Some of us are invisible to the local paper. We simply do not matter. ...(full comment)

Almost all have power back after storm

"without subsidies": Big Gas is heavily subsidized: by us. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Controlling the pipeline message

From the NYT: "According to a study by the investment banking firm Lazard, the cost of utility-scale solar energy is as low as 5.6 cents a kilowatt-hour, and wind is as low as 1.4 cents. In comparison, natural gas comes at 6.1 cents a kilowatt-hour on the low end and coal at 6.6 cents. Without subsidies, the firm’s analysis shows, solar costs about 7.2 cents a kilowatt-hour at the low end, with wind at 3.7 cents." ...(full comment)

Editorial: Controlling the pipeline message

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/24/business/energy-environment/solar-and-wind-energy-start-to-win-on-price-vs-conventional-fuels.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0 Businesses in other parts of the country are taking a serious look, and in more and more cases, are relying on clean renewable energy. This is also happening around the globe. Businesses that want to be competitive in the future will use renewables and phase out fossil fuels. Now is the time to start. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Controlling the pipeline message