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Thank you, Kerry ~ ...(full comment)

Letter: Not buying that flag

Congrats to all involved. Inspired. ...(full comment)

First day of (new) school: Shiny new Greenfield High School opens its doors

I doubt if Obama has made any of the crude, insulting comments that have issued forth from Trump's mouth. As far as wanting jobs, the Republican-controlled Congress has DONE NOTHING for job creation in the past 5 years. They have passed nearly 60 bills to defund Obamacare and NOT ONE jobs bill. As far as living "Free", as long as you are owned by Big Oil, Big Banks, Big Insurance, Big Medicine, Big Agra and Big Corporate, your freedom is nothing but an illusion. If you want freedom, vote for Bernie Sanders. Trump cares nothing for you. ...(full comment)

Brown/My Turn: Trump’s all about ego, power

If any good is to come of Wednesday’s fatal shooting...BULL....! there is never any good to come out of anyones murder. Maybe we should ban all media so people would not seek to become that "darkest kind of celebrity". Gun Problem... We could ban all weapons from the entire world and stop all war and violent crimes. Maybe we should stop manufacturing planes, automobiles, sharp objects and chemicals that could be responsible for killing innocent people. Evil will always be amongst us, how we deal with it is the real blame. ...(full comment)

Editorial: We must address our gun problem

It is great to hear these thoughtful questions being asked by a high school student. Not that I don't expect that thoughtfulness from high school students, but we do see very few younger people involved in the pipeline protests. I would love to hear your opinion on how we could get other younger people involved; it is your land to inherit. There's one other thing I would like to add: I do find it interesting that so many people believe putting this pipeline through will reduce their utility rates. Can anyone remember the last time rates went down? It never happens! Even if origination rates change, this is never passed on to the ratepayers. In fact it appears that some of the costs of building this pipeline will be passed on to the consumers, whether as a rate hike or as fees that will be assessed. There are so many reasons to hate this pipeline, and so few to like it (a handful of short-term jobs, which, if true to form, are likely to go to out of state workers); rate changes will most probably be one of the former. ...(full comment)

Letter: The pipeline question

At the bottom of Bank Row, trying to turn left onto Mill Street from Deerfield Street, can be futile. But the advice given in the article, to get your car as close to the white line as possible, is wrong here. You should actually stop your car a car's length back from the white line. The camera must be pointing at the wrong angle. I noticed that if another car appears and waits behind me, the left turn light turns green soon. So I started stopping farther back from the while line, and voilà! problem solved. ...(full comment)

Greenfield looking for fix to long traffic lights

Darn autocorrect - 'really' should have been 'rarely' ...(full comment)

Greenfield looking for fix to long traffic lights

The light at the foot of Bank Row often 'short cycles' traffic from Bank Row, turning left onto Deerfield Street. I've repeatedly seen traffic backed, sometimes nearly to the Town Common, as the light lets 2 or 3 cars turn left before turning red again. It doesn’t help that the weeds growing out from the railroad overpass are really removed, and at times appear to obscure the camera's view of the intersection. ...(full comment)

Greenfield looking for fix to long traffic lights

They should just give them their own island and let them rebuild their lives, if they rape or kill each other they should be executed. ...(full comment)

State court tosses local law restricting where sex offenders allowed to live

I moved to Keene, NH, from Greenfield, over a decade ago. Since then I've seen this city solve the exact same problems (3 of them) with 'roundabouts'. Come up, and see how well they work. Yes you have to 'take a bite' out of Peter Miller's Town Common, but that's doable (perhaps). ...(full comment)

Greenfield looking for fix to long traffic lights

As long as our politicians live in fear of the NRA, responsible legislation will never happen. ...(full comment)

Editorial: We must address our gun problem

"According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the SIX New England states consumed a total of 889 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2013. Their data also show that New England's natural gas inflow capacity is currently at 1,709 Bcf/yr. This figure does not include the additional capacity of up to 150 Bcf/year from the regions three LNG import facilities, that have been mostly idle." . . . this from a recent scholarly letter to FERC. The whole case for this massive overbuild is collusion among gas investment entities looking to pipe Marcellus gas to export terminals in Bear Head, Goldboro and the other three LNG terminals located in Northern Maine, and Atlantic Canada. Kinder Morgan has a fleet of tankers on order. This is an export pipeline: this is even discussed in their literature, their board meetings and in contact with their investors. This is graft and theft on a massive scale, and complete abuse of eminent domain. All but one of their customers are those of their existing pipeline in Southern Massachusetts, which is now being aggressively marketed in Connecticut. The remaining "customer" is one in which they appear to have part ownership. This whole project is riddled with conflicts of interest, advertising hyperbole that passes for news, and misinformation. They are currrently sponsoring phone calls all over the area from telemarketers in India, funneled through a website in Boston. If this kind of thing can occur in this nation, there really is NO rule of law any longer. This will be, in essence, theft of U.S. gas for private profit: we've been forced to subsidize this industry under the guise of "energy independence": this will force us all to compete with other nations for gas we have, in essence, been forced to pay for: just to enrich a small number of extraordinarily greedy individuals; with no benefit to this region, its people, its government, or indeed to anyone. The toll of this will be devastating. Coupled with the fact that with well decline, massive exports will require more and more and more destruction of land, water, and habitat in the U.S. This is obscene. ...(full comment)

Letter: The pipeline question

Berkshire Gas is actually Spanish-owned energy co., Iberdrola. # 1 energy provider in Europe, FYI. Kinder, is # 3, US - behind Exxon and Chevron. They are the biggest pigs who seeks to get more, more, more of this gas to export and then sell it to you, here, at higher prices, via a shortfall they create themselves-taking our land, our safety and our Valley. Gas in $6.93 in Europe - as of July, and sub 3 bucks in US. See where I am going? Kinder Morgan seeks the path of least resistance to pump out the gas, via our sweet valley, to market in Europe, via Canadian transit. The whole pipeline will result in higher domestic prices and it will deplete the Marcellus Shale-a gas find which is unregulated. A find that that we need to last longer ~ for our kids and their kids. Keep Kinder Morgan out of your neighbor's yards, fields, and rivers here, and your gas prices will stay down. There is no pricing guarantee if they get this in. They will deplete the reserve and quickly raise your prices, citing scarcity. They will have created the scarcity, but you will be the one to pay. Get educated and fight for your valley, please, before the # 3 big gas/oil giant wrecks our farms and rivers to make 7 Billion off our backs and our neighbors backs. It ain't right. It ain't infrastructure. It is a for profit, a huge, toxic, flammable time bomb of a multi-state transit route for getting their highly flammable, toxic, fracked gas to export. It will not be pretty. It will ruin us when if blows in a Hurricane or epic 100 year storm. We will pay more if it gets in. We have no tools across the route to fight a 200 foot fireball, burning between valves- that may or may not shut off. Google: Kinder Morgan's Safety Record- not on their website, though. Google: Kinder Morgan convicted in 5 deaths, Walnut Creek CA Nov. 9, 2004. Get ready to join up, because this is seriously going to impact you- not with lower prices but with clear and present danger, and higher prices. My Gram would have said "smarten up!" ...(full comment)

Deerfield submits pipeline comments to FERC