Talkback

At a time when many folks in Northern MA were devastated by news of a proposed pipeline, Denise Andrews was engaged immediately, advocating for MA residents, marching with us, willing to listen, and to make the time to be at countless events. Her opponent may be locally supportive, but Denise immediately took action on behalf of the entire district and was present for all events: and she spoke eloquently on behalf of MA citizens at significant events raising awareness. She was interested and encouraged people to share information with her. She didn't deserve the smear campaign before the election. It was impressive to see how interested, attentive, and responsive Ms. Andrews was. If this is a "blowtorch" that's what we should all have from our representatives. ...(full comment)

Andrews, Whipps Lee talk jobs, pipeline, hunting in debate

Maura Healey has a genuine concern for the citizens of Massachusetts: not investment interests or Saudi Arabian legal concerns, and her devotion to the citizens of the commonwealth who work hard and play fair is palpable. This is an amazing candidate: vibrant and with devoted energy for us, and fine legal skills she will bring to the Attorney General's office. Martha Coakley deserves much credit in hiring a stellar and gifted attorney for the A.G.'s office, and taking on cases the public doesn't always hear about. For example, years ago, Charlie Baker shelved the Americans with Disabilities Act in Massachusetts: Martha Coakley brought it forward and saw it through. She has also gone after lending fraud in Massachusetts and defended homeowner's in unfair disputes with unscrupulous mortgage companies. . . the list goes on. Local residents may need to be reminded that Charlie Baker was in charge of "investors" for the Big Dig (initial estimate of 2.5 billion, that mushroomed into a 22 billion dollar morass of corruption and even death for one unfortunate MA citizen. . . which MA will be paying for until 2038 through department of transportation costs. He may be past it, but for those of us who remember, that was a bitter pill to swallow, and this harmed our communities profoundly. Most of us remember that the Big Dig nearly bankrupted Western, MA as funds and austerity programs orchestrated under Baker's leadership syphoned off money from our local communities. His wealthy investor pals likely made out rawtha well. Recently, Mr. Baker has had private fundraisers with Republican Party elites and former governors. He has a nearly limitless bankroll for campaigning: subsidized by the .01% who also back Mitt Romney. His big plan of "reforming" "welfare fraud" has been used these last forty or so years, to syphon money from state programs that benefit everyone, mostly working people, or those who would like to be working but get outsourced. Wealth inequality is tanking our economy, and Charlie is here looking for another investor feeding frenzy. Many people are still suffering from his efforts last time, and without taking responsibility himself, he wants to shame and excoriate the many folks whose lives were adversely affected by his last involvement in government. So please vote for candidates who want to represent MA citizens, not pillage Massachusetts to line their already bulging wallets. We have a great team, and Maura and Martha will serve Massachusetts citizens' real interests. It's time to level the playing field for those of us who have worked hard in our communities. ...(full comment)

Healey hears from opioid task force

This looks like another excellent opportunity for women to step up, run for office, and put the old horses out to pasture. ...(full comment)

Hawley voters end bitter town meeting early

P.S. This is a highly experimental pipeline. Documents from the government of Maine, predating Lepage, discuss the danger to pipelines located close to high voltage, direct current transmission cables (in this case two sets of the). This is a significant security risk to electricity transmission: and one "event" where electricity is lost could seriously weaken electricity generators, while poising them for hostile takeover. This line of electricity in MA is crucial, and KM is seeking this without any process in cooperation with the state. A hostile actor could basically fly a drone over MA and knock out both electricity while creating an explosion of epic proportions and destabilizing other pipeline along the grid. Oh, and our state's water could be compromised, too. There is absolutely no concern for the safety or well being of our state, its inhabitants, or its future in this Northern proposal. This is about the absolute EVIL of greed, and the .01% stripping away the rights of citizens and diminishing any hope of Democracy. ...(full comment)

Dueling gas pipelines?

P.S. They are deliberately locating next to direct current high voltage transmission cables owned by a northeast company. There are relatively few places where this is done, and it is experimental: the state of Maine explored this at the state legislative level, and discussed the danger to this of entire pipelines, due to a variety of factors, including the electromagnetic fields generated by direct current cables. Also, unconventional gas is chemically different. This puts additional strain on the contents in and the metal of pipelines: it cannot always be successfully mitigated. This means that Kinder Morgan is deliberately putting existing power lines in harm's way: perhaps in the hope that "an accident" will result in being able to take over the northeast grid. Of course it will never be their fault. The way they are structured, they will use an endless variety of subcontractors from near and far on whom the blame can be pinned: and of course, landowners are in their crosshairs. Eminent domain is the wised choice for landowners in this morass of manipulation. ...(full comment)

Letter: Competing visions

Kinder Morgan wants the Northern Route because once it has an easement, it can add other pipelines to give it access to shipment abroad: for you name it, unconventional gas, tar sands, CO2- whatever they want. Their landsmen have already bragged that they've already shipped unconventional gas through neighborhoods on their southern route, and other materials. They make no secret of it to homeowners whose land they are seeking to steal for export routes. They can use far cheaper materials and get far closer to homes in the Northern Route, and they don't have any ordinances to hold them back. As far as the environment goes, they are seeking to bypass ANY state process around that. Incidentally, the money that Kinder Morgan earns is used to defeat any program that benefits or protects citizens of the U.S. They are deliberately going through conservation land because we are the only state in the union that has article 97, and we're being made an example of. ...(full comment)

Dueling gas pipelines?

How does the NU gas pipeline negatively impact more people if it's just going along existing pipeline routes? It's not clear what they mean exactly. Kinder Morgan forgets that we also care about the ecosystems impacted here, not just the number of landowners. ...(full comment)

Dueling gas pipelines?

I'm realistic. The legislature did not raise the gas tax for 22 years. A bipartisan commission reported in 2007 that we needed $1 billion to bring statewide transportation systems up to a state of good repair. The legislature raised about half that revenue. Pointing fingers is not productive. Spite is not going to solve this crisis. It's up to the voters to decide if we will tolerate unsafe bridges and poorly maintained roads in Western MA and all around the state. ...(full comment)

Should gas tax stay tied to inflation?

The strategy of hate speech, scapegoating and fear mongering has been very successful: the .01% have divided our nation to the point where nothing gets done, and a significant number of people are taking up arms against their fellow Americans, to fight for the .01%. The whole idea is no regulatory control of chemical poisons dumped by fossil fuels to enrich a handful of people, while inflicting genocide on the rest, Republican and Democrat alike. The tactic of hate speech, and pitting social groups against each other is how the fossil fuels companies work, all over the world, wherever there are "marketable" resources. They want the resources, and don't care what happens to our nation, or the world. Water is next, and this is already happening. ...(full comment)

Letter: Save the world

The beverage industry is only interested in avoiding the handling fee (3.25¢ per container) that they have to pay to redemption centers, and shifting the cost onto the backs of citizens who have to pay for DPW workers to clean up empty beverage containers from parks, beaches and neighborhoods. That's the real reason they ponied up $8 million for attack ads against Question 2. Over a billion empty water and sports drink containers get strewn accross the Commonwealth every year. A nickel deposit would greatly reduce that amount, keeping plastic out of the ocean and improving the rate of recycling. PLEASE VOTE YES ON 2! ...(full comment)

Letter: Let’s pass ‘2’

Gee, this sems a tad over the top. I mean, we're talking about 3 buildings and what, 2 hooligans every other week? How about hiring an off-duty cop to walk the beat? And really, no military surplus night goggles required.... ...(full comment)

Keeping watch: Security cameras aim to deter vandals from damaging Greenfield-owned property downtown

Masslive has her work listed as sewage but that isn't what her website says and she has already focused on water policy in her public efforts. wHole towns in Texas are without water and the sewage is being processed to provide water. ...(full comment)

Letter: All about water

Just today, visited a business that has just installed a solar array. I asked a lot of questions and was surprised to hear how affordable it is, and how much energy can be brought in at relatively low cost. In fact, it was amazing how economical and how quick the pay off is. Given that nothing is going to happen in three years to make prices any better, this sure seems like a smart thing to do. I was astonished at how simple and easy this is, and at the savings on energy costs. It costs nothing to get an estimate, and this will help other New Englanders survive the gouging that is taking place by concerted efforts among gas investment interests. ...(full comment)

How can you finance a solar electric system?