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Yes, rail transport is dangerous. But there are risks and dangers associated with pipelines, too, just that (aside from explosions) they tend to be more insidious and spread out over more area - like leakage, inviting invasive species, the ever-continual loss of trees and the associated surface and groundwater pollution from runoff/sediment, further destruction of habitat. These things aren't as glamorous in terms of danger but they are there, and add it up over millions of miles of pipeline, and it compounds and accumulates. When do we say enough is enough? My main problem with the pipeline is that is a massive forced investment of the public, with no guaranteed return on investment (can they guarantee our gas rates will lower? fat chance) for a fuel that is and should be on its way out - gas wells are drying up already, some have a life of only 30 more years. Not a good long-term investment when other countries are investing so heavily in renewables; we will not be competitive if we don't start to subsidize renewables in the way we're so willing to for fossil fuels. ...(full comment)

Letter: Get educated on pipeline

Christina's is the best restaurant around!!! ...(full comment)

Blue Plate Special: Christina’s in Erving serves up authentic Italian cuisine

Pipeline explosions usually occur when somebody is doing excavating where they clearly shouldn't. Train and truck transportation are by far, the most dangerous route to transport petroleum. By far. But people don't want to be confused with facts. Their minds are made up (by somebody else...). ...(full comment)

Letter: Get educated on pipeline

Super great idea!!! ...(full comment)

Adams Donuts faces shutdown

When the Glazed Donut in Amherst moved out of the Carriage Shops, I believe they left behind their hood. I wonder if Carrie Brown could contact them and maybe move that hood to her Greenfield location? ...(full comment)

Adams Donuts faces shutdown

Senate President is afraid Bay State Repeal's initiative petition for a law will end the black market by dropping the price of marijuana to that of the agricultural produce it is WITHOUT providing food for leviathan, licenses for cronies and good jobs at good wages for politicians' friends and family members. I found this on Bay State Repeal's website: Let it grow—the open market solution to marijuana control http://baystaterepeal.org/2014/12/let-it-grow-the-open-market-solution-to-marijuana-control/ ...(full comment)

In the Arena: Leaf out of the pot playbook

It is long past time to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans. The level of wealth concentrated in so few hands is both obscene, and a danger to any possibility of Democracy. The recession followed by massive deregulation and trade agreements have sent jobs out of our nation. Hate speech and political division have been surgically and strategically sewn over these past thirty years, and its pretty easy to see who has benefited most from this. We are also much less well informed about policy decisions that are eroding freedom and well being for most Americans. The plan has been to "socialize costs" and "privatize gain". Coarsening public discourse, dismantling education, and gaining media control has insured that we the people fight with each other: while our nation and our children's future are being taken from us . . . It's time to stop blaming the poor. We are now in a position where deep state wealth functions behind the scenes to strip out more and more for itself, and while we've been carved up into various warring social groups, it works very, very well for a few powerful individuals whose moral compass no longer functions. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Food stamps on the chopping block

Clay here again. Yes, it's the Clay Turnbull at New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution in Brattleboro, VT. ...(full comment)

NRC: No immediate need to clean up strontium-90 at Vermont Yankee

AT VY REACTOR-DERIVED RADIONUCLIDES WERE FOUND IN DETECTABLE LEVELS • In excavated soils and sanding salts. This material (at least ten dump truck loads) was yarded in the open in the vicinity of the cooling towers. • In sanding salts gathered from across paved areas of the site. • In cooling tower sediments • Beneath a broken chemistry/sampling drain and beneath the turbine building. • In various hot-spots and outdoor drains during the plant’s earlier years and reported somewhat less in the last 20. • In soil samples from around the tritium pipe excavation in much more recent history. • And all parties agree that we don’t know the origin of the most recent traces of Strontium-90. Delay of decommissioning and site-remediation will provide the opportunity for this material to spread further and sinker deeper into the earth – eventually contaminating the aquifer. Shouldn't the Vermont Yankee plant site be radiologically characterized through a disciplined sampling program before Entergy VY shuts down its lab and dismisses its radiation technicians? I mean, Entergy is talking about walking away for a period potentially exceeding that of VY’s entire operating life. ...(full comment)

NRC: No immediate need to clean up strontium-90 at Vermont Yankee

Your editorial does not state the law or constitution correctly, the judges ruling only applies to one and only one probate judge. That is how the law works. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Alabama showing poor judgment

Climate change happens all the time how many ice ages did the earth go thru? How did man play a part in that? Global warming? How will it effect my life or anyone living now? Probably not much. How many times have climate changing people change their model? How many weather and earthquake prediction models have there been? How successful are they? They climate change models have been changed as they have proven to be wrong. Every prediction for what should have happened over the last 40 years has been wrong. So for me to put my faith in what they say will be the situation 50 years from now is frankly not believable. Past performance equals future expectations. Add to that most people are concerned with now (jobs, economy, etc). The earth will be here long after they are gone. People will have to be like cockroaches and sharks and learn how to adapt to the environment. I am sure science can lead the way (gene mutation is a possibility or even making humans disease proof and organs failure proof). ...(full comment)

Blagg: In defense of science

So happy for you both, Good Luck Alice Cowan ...(full comment)

New, but familiar

Sure would be nice if those who obsess about the "unborn" would care as much about the "born" and work to combat war, torture, poverty, gun violence and the death penalty. ...(full comment)

Letter: Unborn protection