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Great you all met on the same day as Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. I went to Capitol with other citizen advocates ( who ranged from those in recovery, family member of loss, recovery professionals ) I was the only person representing Franklin County as a family member of loss. I disagree with expanding Suboxone prescribers as I do know it's a drug of diversion, it's already being abused, and the withdrawal rivals Heroin withdrawal. Expand the Vivitrol shot instead much better option can't be abused. Why isn't anyone on that panel mentioning the fact the reason why We are srambling for money is the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act that passed in 2008 is not being implemented or enforced. Insurance co need to fully comply with the 2008 law ...(full comment)

Addiction recovery advocates rally for systemic changes

The DPU seems to believe, like other gas investment entities, that saying something is "open and transparent" is good enough, rather than actually demonstrating that something is "open and transparent". To date the DPU has made a number of unsubstantiated statements and issued policy that seems like a forgone conclusion with little actual public discussion, demonstrated facts, or even any deliberation. ...(full comment)

DPU allows long-term contracts between utilities, pipelines

Here's an example of what an outdoor wood boiler looks like in our residential neighborhood. I don't know about over eager regulators, but try living next to an over eager wood burner. It's enough to make you choke, literally. https://www.youtube.com/user/GoReps ...(full comment)

Editorial: Lighting a fire over wood stoves

Thank you for a very thoughtful article. I am passing this on to my friends for discussion. ...(full comment)

Reid/My Turn: The Church’s paternalism toward women

Bravo!! I just realized I've been so completely brainwashed all my life that the points you bring up never even crossed my mind!! Thank you. ...(full comment)

Reid/My Turn: The Church’s paternalism toward women

Once again, thank God for the neighbors who called it in and for all the first responders. ...(full comment)

Shelburne Falls blaze displaces three people, pets

If you do not participate as an American Catholic, why would your thoughts even matter? They are not clamoring for women priests in Latin America or Asia. Is the church not ordaining women a scandal? No, I think priests who have engaged in hebephilia and ephebophilia ( Sexual abuse) is a scandal. scandals you try to keep quiet or sweep under the rug. Female priests I do not think that is the case. Maybe married priests should be the first addition. The about of women as nuns has been decreasing and I have not heard a peep about having men as nuns, have you? In fact, why even go to Mass on family occasions ( would that be Easter, Christmas and weddings)? Is there a purpose in that, do you get anything out of it? It seems like a checklist item. That seems shallow and sad. ...(full comment)

Letter: Time to ordain women

There is so much misinformation in this letter, it's hard to know where to start. For one thing if you're going to criticize other people's intelligence it's helpful if you can write a complete sentence. Also if you're going to talk about what most Americans think, I suggest you look at some independent polling data – – by which I do not mean Fox News. ...(full comment)

Letter: The Obama mess

Amen! We are standing by for news of the ordination of women. ...(full comment)

Letter: Time to ordain women

Still enjoy reading your columns after all these years. U.Mass should have spent a few years studying how U.Conn made a very successful transition. I suspect we are never going to see a successful transition. We should have stayed 1AA and looked to be consistently in the top ten. U.NH is a great example with a truly great program and the same coach for many years. How about a article about father/ son handing down the valley sports tradation. Brett Gewanter directing his two boys Seth and Kade. Thanks, Ted Gewanter ...(full comment)

Keeping Score: Properly motivated

The DPU is staffed with career fossil fuel execs who are likely looking down the road at lucrative jobs after this stint working for the gas investments' industry while masquerading as "state regulators". These folks lack any ethical training whatsoever, and don't even care about the appearance of corruption any longer. Given the enormous monetary pot of gold (LNG exports from Canadian terminals) at the end of the faux necessity rainbow, you can bet they know how to butter their own bread: and screw any ethical consideration, or even legal obligations to citizens in MA. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Municipal power plan's denial shocking

The DPU is being monitored by our AG. The DPU is acting in an arbitrary manner to ensure that their own strange objectives are met. It appears they are not actually ptotecting or listening to Massachusetts rate payers. Their lack of transparancy is being monitored closely by the AG, as evidenced by the stern letter her office wrote FERC last week concerning the DPU's rush to judgement style on precedent agreements for gas company buy ins related the proposed NED pipeline. It is going to get dicey in Boston soon for the DPU. FYI: The DPU is sitting on a panel discussion in Boston 9/29 co-sponsored by Berkshire Gas's Counsel where Kinder Morgan will be the sole presenter on infrastructure, right before the DPU panel goes on. The DPU is rotten; they are under scrutiny. We, the rate payers, need to contact the AG at 617-727-2200 to let her office know that we do not abide and we need more help from her office since the DPU is going to great lengths to ensure higher costs for utilities for rate payers. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Municipal power plan's denial shocking

It seems to me to be well thought out and responsibly planned and carried out. While the tires may have been the best solution to the erosion problem years ago, given what we know today they need to be removed and replaced with something better, natural and non-toxic. ...(full comment)

Tire-some work: Hundreds of tires pulled from Greenfield river bank in Source to Sea Cleanup