Talkback

Why bother to replace an authentic heritage structure with a replica? A cipher? This is New England and we're supposed to value our heritage more than other parts of the nation. But if it doesn't date to the Revolutionary War, all bets are off apparently. Like the destruction of the Jack Kerouac ( Textile Memorial ) Bridge in Lowell last year and the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Bridge ( a rare lost National Trust for Historic Preservation listee ) in Portsmouth, NH Better no bridge than a replica. A replica only serve to remind future generations of our poor stewardship of our culture's resources. ---SWL ...(full comment)

Schell Bridge replacement gets one step closer

not easy to read your code letters ...(full comment)

JM Farm’s Patient Group questions state DPH selection process

Good Point! Mr. Mass also feels that big box stores will help the local economy: right, close local businesses and buy from China while contributing to an entity that pays nearly nothing in taxes, and whose employees are paid so poorly that we subsidize their healthcare and food stamps. Way to go Mr. Mass . . . about as much of a poorly infomred fossil as could be imagined. God, look at Holyoke . . . they are attracting clean energy businesses and redeveloping their city with creative use of green energy. that's the kind of thinking we should be seeing from leadership in Greenfield. ...(full comment)

Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

I am not surprised by this happening. They were very, very greedy and felt they were deserving of ALL their money and didn't want to share it with their employees. They didn't pay their bills on time for many years and expected employees to do their dirty work of dealing with creditors. I feel for the employees and not for Ross Anderson! He deserves to lose his business. ...(full comment)

Lamson & Goodnow files for bankruptcy

I am a resident on floor 3. Thankfully, I am mobile enough and have family to assist. I am a younger retiree, mind intact...on most days...so I will manage, always have, always will. However, the reporter has take what she is told on face value. Faces often lie. I personally have not needed to contact anyone, nor do I think I will. However, at 7 pm tonight-Friday-a paper was pushed under my door with a small list of volunteers, very small...this is day 5. Now the office is closed. There has been nothing from management regarding on hired help, unless it missed my door. The garbage situation has been compromised, because the hired help does not want to carry or push the large garbage containers down the stairs. So the containers were removed, and a sign telling us to carry our garbage downstairs was posted. This is beyond understanding. The younger paid staff, does not want to have to carry things up and down the stairs...but the residents have no choice? I don't see this working, and the garbage situation might get "smelly". Followed by critters. No notice from management regarding this. The promised grocery delivery was cancelled due to inability to find people to do this. Cancelled late last Friday. Just posted outside the office. The whole motel option...what a joke. Really!!! Yes, we will survive, we are survivors. Will there be some trauma, maybe worse, I suspect so. In the end, the work will get done, if some of the more fragile tenants fall by the wayside (literally), well there is a long list of applications, and the new tenants will move in with a good working elevator. The elderly are expendable. ...(full comment)

Taking the stairs

I also notice that there is no help on the weekend's to carry things?...are not the residents going up and down the stairs then to? Schochet company is just to cheap to hire someone for the weekend to. ...(full comment)

Taking the stairs

at the human rights committee meeting.......legal services said that Schochet had to place residents in hotels during the repair of the elevator.....with the choice of the red roof in in south deerfield no wonder why the residents choose to stay in there apartments...what about greenfield hotels? the red rood in was the cheapest place?......the poor woman walking up the stairs in the photo ...where all the people who are hired to take things up to the apartments? guess no one was on duty then........Schochet company sounds like they have been band aiding this elevator for years and have no concern for safety of the elders and disabled residents for many years.......also what is masshousing the overseer of this development doing? not much like legal services said at the meeting residents are suppose to be placed at a hotel......... ...(full comment)

Taking the stairs

Yes, thanks. I used this talk by Amory Lovins (at 2.46 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsgrahFln0s&feature=youtu.be I should have written that Germany gets 25% of the power *it generates* from renewable sources. ...(full comment)

Keith/My Turn: Different calculations

Yes that is a wonderful sight, but to have that vision one must come here by the rule of law. ...(full comment)

Letter: Immigration process

Living in St. Albans, VT and having family in the Greenfield area - the train will be a welcome change. ...(full comment)

Gov. Patrick rolls into Greenfield on train to announce track buy

The message from Iberdrola Renewables promising to take corrective measures by year’s end is simply another delayed abatement while violations likely continue. The DEP re-inspection might not come for a year or more due to limited staff and funding. A known violation allowed to persist, even after found noncompliant with noise limit regulation, is ostensibly understood as a direct dereliction of MassDEP duties, who chief duty... is to enforce the law. ...(full comment)

Study: Monroe turbines too noisy

I believe you are getting your numbers on German energy and German electrical consumption confused. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_in_Germany http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_energy_in_Germany ...(full comment)

Keith/My Turn: Different calculations

The company also suffered from mismanagement, nepotism, a large lawsuit loss and threatened suits for patent infringement. While the union deserves blame for its failure to embrace changes in technology, management is equally to blame for its failure to impose it and manage the dynamics of the business. Lamson had a strong management team about 10 years ago, was earning good money, innovating and growing – from about $4 million to $11 million in sales. But greed set in. A classic case if ever there was one. The firm had business disruption insurance and I guess must have cancelled it before the flood. A Union lock out is a death knell, you still have to pay your bills but you have no income, your cash just runs out the door. You cannot stiff your vendors and expect to retain their loyalty. It goes on and on and then it stops, in this case, at the courthouse door. ...(full comment)

Lamson & Goodnow files for bankruptcy