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It is time for Greenfield to say a resounding, "NO," to the WormTown promoters when they apply for another license for this biannual festival. As evidenced in the plethora of stories and the series of articles this summer concerning drugs in Franklin County, it makes absolutely no sense that we are welcoming this type of culture into our town. Social services receive money from the promoters and yet these same agencies are in place because of the effects of drugs on many citizens needing their services. Just say NO. ...(full comment)

R.I. man nabbed on drug charges at Wormtown music festival

Any plan on investigating who may have been doing the dumping for all if these years? ...(full comment)

Sea of tires

Thank you so much for this commentary. We want to believe in our nation, and it is shocking to see how far our nation has fallen from its ideals and principles because of the greed of oligarchs who have engaged in a hostile takeover of democracy, and care only for themselves. ...(full comment)

Shaney/My Turn: What I want to believe

Also: "However, the land required for solar and turbines to meet our needs would swallow our local farms and destroy the landscape we depend upon for tourism." Sooo, the answer is to build a pipeline that will swallow our local farms and destroy the landscape, and also be obsolete in 10-15 years and be much more poisonous and polluting than turbines or solar panels? Mr. Mass needs a course in critical thinking. ...(full comment)

Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

Jobs?? Ha! Yeah, for maybe a few months, and only if a few Greenfield residents happen to be in the local pipefitters union - I hear in PA these union members would often be from 2 hours away as they worked through various locations, they weren't local. And let's not forget the jobs that go away when half of Clarkdale's crop is destroyed so an ex-Enron billionaire can make a few more million before he heads to Hades. These are short-term jobs - show me an area where the economy has blossomed due to a natural gas pipeline and maybe I'll believe you, but this is all about exports (why else would they be building so over-capacity?) - Greenfield and Massachusetts are barely going to benefit, but we will be paying for both the construction and the inevitable clean-up costs while Kinder Morgan reaps all the foreign profits. Gee what a great deal! We are new to town but very much looking forward to next town council election to vote Mr. Mass out of office; his ideology blinds him to common sense and long-term thinking. He's not right for Greenfield, or the 21st century. I can't believe that any politician falls for this stuff these days with 150 years of fossil fuel slash-and-burn-business history to refer to; it's not that hard to figure out their business model is based on exploitation. Just look at Louisiana - oh how that state has just blossomed these past decades with all their pipelines... ...(full comment)

Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

Here's a few more facts to chew on: Gas investments deliberately lobbied to insure that repairs to leaking pipelines that bilk ratepayers of of 1.5 BILLION dollars in gas every year, won't have to be fixed for twenty years. Gas investments gouged the area for prices on the spot market. Gas investments purchased Brayton Point and took it off line five weeks later. Gas investments purchased Northeast Utilities, so now Nstar provides all "information" about energy needs: they posted profits all during the merger, by the way. Gas investments reported that "companies were forced to close" during winter, when in fact a subsequently illegal program prearranged this as an incentive: this was the subject of litigation, but was mischaracterized in the news. Sorry folks, but business owners and well-meaning, but really uninformed individuals in our state, are really being duped big time, and the future for our state in all of this is quite grim. ...(full comment)

Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

With exports, which is what this pipeline is all about, recoverable gas in the Marcellus will be gone in seven years . . . We subsidize this gas through enormous corporate welfare, they are exempt from Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Drinking Water, and Superfund legislation: that means we pay to clean up whatever nightmare of environmental mess they make, and they dismiss this saying "this can produce jobs" if "communities can organize" to clean up the environmental mess. Are these the kind of jobs we want for our children???? And now they want to leave us with a giant mess, take gas we've already paid for, and sell it for even more private profit. ...(full comment)

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. rejects Ashfield ban

Sadly you are missing a great many facts. The only study done to date indicated a regional need for the forseeable future of .6 bcf. The pipeline proposed for the northern half of our state is 2.2 bcf. That is considerably more gas than the region will ever use. AND there is another pipeline along our Eastern Seaboard that is 2.5 bcf. Then there is the expansion of the existing southern pipeline that seeks to increase: so we've moved from a "need" of .6bcf- yes, that's point six, to 5.0 bcf. There are also lateral pipelines planned all over this state, so that we become a shipping and holding grid for Marcellus gas. Extra radioactive Marcellus gas. (Resnikoff, 2012) They are trying to take more private property from Massachusetts than could ever be necessary for any actual need. 3000 part time jobs? The immediate costs to small businesses and families will be another giant wealth transfer to the .01%, and those jobs will cost everyone an enormous amount of money: especially given the effect on housing and property values all over state. Gas is not ever going to be cheap: we will pay billions now, and especially when we're competing with world markets for gas we already subsidize. (Yes, the Northeast is more populated, so we pay more to subsidize: but get gouged by gas investment interests) Here we go again! This case is being ginned up for that reason, and these pipelines are seeking to locate in ALL of our water areas. ...(full comment)

Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

Helpers may carry objects. Cannot physically assist residents. ...(full comment)

Taking the stairs

As crazy as it sounds, many in the Muslim world believe that ISIS was created by the United States and Israel. For real. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Evil finds a new face

Hops growers are my heroes. You know I had a problem with mildew on my tomatoes. I didn't want to use any chemicals (I planned on eating them!). After scouring the web I finally found a great solution called No Powdery Mildew. I bought some here http://www.lookoutdeals.com/home-garden/ ...(full comment)

Hip hops

Great work, Walter! For those who don't know him well, may I say that "indolent lymphoma" is the ONLY way that Walter and the word indolent could ever possibly be connected. Much love, Paul ...(full comment)

200 cyclists raise at least $39,000 for BFMC cancer patients

Monday, week 2-Using the stairs today, finally met a "helper", assisting first floor resident up stairs. She slowly pulled herself up the stairs, and he followed with her walker, which held 2 cucumbers. ...(full comment)

Taking the stairs