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The Gospel of John was in fact the last to be written, and I apologize for the error. I was thinking of Pauline epistles, written earlier than Matthew and Luke, which did not mention either the virgin birth or any other aspect of the nativity fables. ...(full comment)

Letter: Foolish insistence

It really too bad people can't see the great benefit to the tax rate, the jobs increase the possibility of clean natural gas power plants. I would love to see a new power plant right by the Rail Yard in Deerfield. A compressor site worth millions of dollars would help the town tax rate for years. We need to welcome this pipe line, not stop it. ...(full comment)

New coalition forms to fight pipeline

Karen, I think maybe their wording is a shorthand for "getting them the help they need, addressing their concerns" etc. Maybe we should read into it that they DO understand all the needs, want to help them....not that they just want to physically put them somewhere different. Let's hope so, anyway. ...(full comment)

Letter: Sad approach

Sorry, I now see that you corrected the online version, but I'm holding a newspaper that says "North". ...(full comment)

Interstate 91 extension cost more than money

This is actually looking SOUTH with the photographer above Yankee Candle, the Tri Town Beach water on the left, with Urkiels tree farm above it, and you can see the 2 rest areas, and Christian Lane in Whately is where the horizontal line of trees ends at the top and fields begin again. I enjoy your local coverage immensely, and wish I could proof read things for you before you publish. Maybe you could correct this before putting it in The Daily Hampshire Gazette? ...(full comment)

Interstate 91 extension cost more than money

Lovely description! ...(full comment)

Up and down the contra line

Here is how I see it. The President believes he knows better than anyone. While you need to obey laws, he does not. I think all Americans believe in immigration, but they believe in legal immigration. Why doesn't the President use the military to take over Mexico and the Central American countries and then everybody could be in the United States. Wouldn't that work better. We could then get rid of INS, the border patrol and everything associated with immigration. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Obama’s message on immigration

While I am aware that Northfield suffered as a result of the storm, why is it that tiny Erving, which lost its power at 3:20 the day BEFORE Thanksgiving, is never mentioned? Northfield had 18 more hours than we did. Those 18 hours are the ones during which you prep all the food. You have been known for uneven coverage for as long as I have been in the valley and this reporting validates what others have been saying for 40 years. Some of us are invisible to the local paper. We simply do not matter. ...(full comment)

Almost all have power back after storm

"without subsidies": Big Gas is heavily subsidized: by us. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Controlling the pipeline message

From the NYT: "According to a study by the investment banking firm Lazard, the cost of utility-scale solar energy is as low as 5.6 cents a kilowatt-hour, and wind is as low as 1.4 cents. In comparison, natural gas comes at 6.1 cents a kilowatt-hour on the low end and coal at 6.6 cents. Without subsidies, the firm’s analysis shows, solar costs about 7.2 cents a kilowatt-hour at the low end, with wind at 3.7 cents." ...(full comment)

Editorial: Controlling the pipeline message

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/24/business/energy-environment/solar-and-wind-energy-start-to-win-on-price-vs-conventional-fuels.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0 Businesses in other parts of the country are taking a serious look, and in more and more cases, are relying on clean renewable energy. This is also happening around the globe. Businesses that want to be competitive in the future will use renewables and phase out fossil fuels. Now is the time to start. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Controlling the pipeline message

Well said. It is about manipulation. They, and we, are already massively subsidizing Big Gas through countless federal programs, which already makes this product artificially "cheap". Export, which is the whole goal of this pipeline (far more than .6bcf) will only destabilize the U.S. economy and deplete recoverable gas more quickly. We will be competing for our own gas, for which we have already paid heavily, with nations that do not bear this financial burden. This makes no sense at all, and Kinder Morgan is hoping no one in the business world will get it. Or that they will find other folks who care more about profit than their nation, its citizens, or our children's future. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Controlling the pipeline message

Thank you to all the utility workers who gave up their own holidays with their families to work in the cold and dark to restore electricity for others. You are the heroes of this holiday blackout! ...(full comment)

‘It’s so widespread’: Tree crews, utility workers pushing to keep up with old, new electricity outages