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Self-serving and deceitful double talk. People who believe in "freedom and democracy" don't join vicious, murderous groups of religious fanatics. Blaming Obama is a new low for Obama-haters. ...(full comment)

Letter: Abandoned by US

ENRON: and the push for gas exports to benefit private wealth. ...(full comment)

Editorial: State should be protecting ratepayers

Their company was recently purchased by Spanish giant Iberdrola. Prior to that, it spent 20 million in a failed attempt to purchase a Philadelphia company. (see Hartford Courant) It seems that lust for money is the only real policy, and pipelines are a means of stripping wealth away from hardworking Americans. If we are wise, as a state, we will stand up to this atrocity. This has no benefit whatsoever to our communiities, and there are other options, like Distrigas, that Sunderland companies can choose that will save lives now and in the future. ...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas extends freeze to Sunderland

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

Western Mass. hockey: Coaches' All-League selections Masslive reported on March 19th that the following area hockey players were named to the coaches all league selections: Tim Atkins, Senior ,Turners Falls Brandon Bryant, Junior, Turners Falls Clay Richardson, Junior, Greenfield thanks ...(full comment)

Bulletin Board: Local players make HL, TCL hoops all-star teams

I hope the gas station has environmental insurance. I can put up with a lot. Gas going into the Green River ticks me off. Irving Gas Station should come up with disaster plans that would keep in mind our local ecosystem. ...(full comment)

Gas tanker spill leaks into Greenfield brook

Thank you very much for publishing my response. ...(full comment)

Letter: Answers from the source

Great article with a lot of humor! ...(full comment)

Shearly ewe jest

styrofoam ? Really ? ...(full comment)

Chowder chefs mix it up at Berkshire East cook-off Sunday

With incineration zones, and enormous quantities of toxins to be spread over this entire region it is astonishing that State senators in charge of security and safety for our state "know nothing" about this proposal. Yesterday in a meeting in Northampton, officials stated that Kinder Morgan has been highly secretive and not at all forthcoming in its plans. A particular concern is that since pipeline companies are now really investment companies, they can "self insure" and thereby profit from "accidents". There appears to be no oversight of maintenance capex versus expansion capex . . . and no incentives or oversight on the part of FERC to insure any public safety whatsoever. The only real security and safety they offer is through internet switches, and these can be easily hacked. Co location means a three-fer: explosions that knock out electricity for significant parts of the state, harm signficant drinking water, and create mile wide craters due to huge explosions. If a foreign national attempted to place this much death and destruction in our nation there is a word for that. Now we have a member of Congress urging governors to ignore EPA regulations. What about our state's security? ...(full comment)

Gas pipeline foes parse draft impact report

I'm hoping that you will help spread the word on helping this amazing woman and her horse farm. Roberta Bryant is one of the hardest working persons I've ever met who cares deeply for the kids and families who've, for more than 40 years, come ride at her stables. She'll do everything she can to help a child who wants to ride but can't afford it - though she would never tell you that. It's not that a horse farm can't be self-sustaining; it's that she won't turn anyone away if they want to ride, and that takes a tremendous financial toll. When I think of Bert, I think that she's one of the valley's biggest unsung heroes who should be recognized - and now more than ever! I just learned that some time ago her children tried a crowdfunding site to help raise funds and looked for it. The link is below and hope that people will be moved to support her and the horse farm. http://www.gofundme.com/6yp70w ...(full comment)

Horses saved in Leverett equestrian center fire

How fortunate we are as a community that there are individuals that choose to devote their time and energy to the needs of new mothers. Addressing these needs has a huge impact on not only new mothers, but their children, families and our entire community. ...(full comment)

A national model, county coalition helps new moms through tricky transformation