Talkback

Farrell is not coming off well here and personifying the bullying and blackmail that Berkshire Gas is engaging in. Being against the pipeline because of its impacts on global warming is the very definition of caring about families and local businesses - there is no dispute among anyone that drilling for natural gas increases greenhouse gas emissions, and so how is that "eco-terrorism?" Environment aside, as forced investors in this project we also don't appreciate being made to pay for infrastructure that will only increase private profits without guaranteeing any rate decreases here - show me somewhere in the country where that has actually happened. No smart investor would put their money towards such a doubtful ROI. And what kind of investor puts all their eggs in one basket anyway by making us even MORE reliant on only one source of fuel? That's stupid! No, local business would grow more here if we took that tariff and put it towards subsidizing solar. This isn't about personal agendas, this is about making thoughtful (and not desperate/panic-mode a la Berkshire Gas) decisions about our long-term needs, especially when so much of OUR $ is on the line. Finally, I'd love for Farrell to explain how they can justify building a 2.2 bcf/d pipeline when NESCOE says we only need .7 bcf/d - come on buddy, we're not idiots. ...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas rep. makes case for pipeline

With Greenfield taxes being so significantly higher than surrounding towns, I really don't understand how it can't come up with $4000 or so to replace what they cut down (maybe cut the overly zealous arborist's budget??). When you walk around old historic towns, part of their charm is their big old trees - and they tend to have sidewalks and I don't hear of tons of people dying because of branches. There must be ways to fix sidewalks without cutting everything down - sidewalks and trees go hand in hand, making walking more enjoyable. It may be cheaper to clear cut than actually think, but DPW is not serving the town well in the long run this way. ...(full comment)

Greenfield trees coming down faster than being planted

Pieridae has an application before the DOE for export: published in the Federal Register on Dec. 10 2014. Reading in related documents states that "pipeline and fossil fuel companies" will make 18 QUADRILLION DOLLARS from the export of LNG from that facility. THIS IS AN EXPORT pipeline: there will NEVER be any benefit whatsoever to this region. Only private profit: and seeking eminent domain for this is an outrage. All this will accomplish is to enrich the obscenely greedy, and raise gas rates permanently as we compete with other nations for a U.S. resource we have already subsidized to the tune of billions every year. Mr. Farrell is making many false statements: allegations of "terrorism" are a peculiar form of projection: he and his ilk are so intent on greed that they are endangering and permanently harming hundreds of thousands of people all along this route. ...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas rep. makes case for pipeline

We are looking into an accessory home on our property. The elitism displayed is abhorrent. Simply disappointing, discriminatory, and presumptuous. I'm a private-school educated and college graduate. I own a home in Greenfield and I live in a lower-income neighborhood. I wonder how they would decipher me and how I would hurt their sense of comfort. ...(full comment)

Greenfield councilor dismayed by ‘classism’ he heard in residents’ comments on accessory apartment proposal

p.s.s. I am so fortunate to have the best landlord currently. He knows my budget is tight as an elderly/disabled person and he is kind and fair. Wonderful when you meet nice fair people with a heart. ...(full comment)

Greenfield councilor dismayed by ‘classism’ he heard in residents’ comments on accessory apartment proposal

I agree with the Mayor on this one: a denser downtown is the opposite of sprawl, and helps keep open space open. The con arguments in this article are not convincing at all. ...(full comment)

Greenfield councilor dismayed by ‘classism’ he heard in residents’ comments on accessory apartment proposal

p.s. Someone worries there will be parties in "mother-in-law" apartments and maybe they'll see an extra car. Another car in Greenfield? Geeze, don't that take all? The uncaring presumption. ...(full comment)

Greenfield councilor dismayed by ‘classism’ he heard in residents’ comments on accessory apartment proposal

Some people try and do good for this town and really have a heart. Concerned citizens finding ways to live within the constraints of the high cost of living. Bless you, but it is really despicable there are so many selfish people just looking out for themselves. Check the prices of the available apartments. Landlord greed on the rampage. ...(full comment)

Greenfield councilor dismayed by ‘classism’ he heard in residents’ comments on accessory apartment proposal

An update: The WiredWest Board of Directors changed the driveway policy 3 days before this letter was published to extend the driveway allowance to 750 feet, which will cover 97% of driveways with utility poles. ...(full comment)

King and King/My Turn: Problems with broadband plan

Well... they were searching for a reason! ...(full comment)

Unidentified body found in Conn. River near French King Bridge

This proposed ordinance is an example of impoverished thinking--it neither helps the low income or those needing in-home care. It shows disrespect for the character of any neighborhood existing in Greenfield. Where is the proof of a need for this ordinance? Who can afford to do it besides people who already have disposable income to afford an addition or free standing home. Think of this ordinance ten or thirty years down the road with these extra additions or boxes in yards? Envision your neighborhood with extra built-in structures that maybe affect the character and resale of the house itself as well as your own quality of life--noise, view, septic, parking. This ordinance is a waste of good people's time all around. If the committee wants to help those in need of in-home assistance and low-income housing, pay attention to what the experts in those fields have to say about this idea? It's not cost-effective, it's illogical. Making one's interior structure accessible for changing lifestyles is an option that is far more affordable and is something your neighbors will appreciate in the near and long run. ...(full comment)

Review begins for accessory apartment plan

Thank you Richie Davis and "The Greenfield Recorder" for fine reporting on this issue. Also, thank you to the citizens whose properties happen to be on the proposed pipeline route of the multi billion dollar Kinder Morgan corporation for asserting their rights for the benefit of us all. ...(full comment)

Property owner alleges trespass by pipeline co.

Kinder Morgan has a reputation for this kind of behavior: completely disregarding the rights of property owners and violating laws. This action is designed to further dehumanize citizens. We are clearly at a point where billion dollar companies have no real accountability to citizens or to our nation for integrity. Just obscene profit, hoarding the means of life for others. ...(full comment)

Property owner alleges trespass by pipeline co.