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Their company was recently purchased by Spanish giant Iberdrola. Prior to that, it spent 20 million in a failed attempt to purchase a Philadelphia company. (see Hartford Courant) It seems that lust for money is the only real policy, and pipelines are a means of stripping wealth away from hardworking Americans. If we are wise, as a state, we will stand up to this atrocity. This has no benefit whatsoever to our communiities, and there are other options, like Distrigas, that Sunderland companies can choose that will save lives now and in the future. ...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas extends freeze to Sunderland

This is obscene. Tearing up five square miles of MA pristine conservation and private land, forcing neighborhoods to live in incineration zones near the cheapest, flimsiest possible pipeline, operating under enormous pressure, and near live voltage. Running through drinking water supplies. Berkshire could fix their leaky existing pipes and stop cheating ratepayers. They could also engage in programs that conserve. They are fine squandering other people's lives, homes, and efforts for the future. They have demonstrated no concern for the consquences of their actions to others and this is outright threat. ...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas extends freeze to Sunderland

Out of context and all incorrect. Final disposal of the Used Fuel has already been paid for by the ratepayers. There are two charges on every kilowatt-hour sold. One for the Decommissioning Fund and one for permanent disposal of Used Fuel. By law the used fuel will become the responsibility of the government, and it will pay for the disposal with the money in the fund. But there is no place for the Used Fuel to go right now, thanks to Senator Reid and anti-nukes. So the plants have to pay for it in Dry Casks, and they want the money already paid back. Federal courts have supported this and a lot of money has already been given back to several plants. The NRC will continue to regulate many aspects of the decommissioning work, particularly the radiological safety. They just don't approve the overall plan. The owners and contractors can break up concrete without NRC approval. ...(full comment)

Letter: The toothless NRC

We can no longer believe that this is "denial". It is active aggression to prevent the larger population from effectively organizing to promote survival to the extent possible. If you are paying attention, you know that the pace of climate change is now speeding up. You will also notice that a small group of obscenely wealthy individuals are making a grab for assets and are hoarding wealth in off shore bank accounts. Citizens United was a deliberate step in an onslaught of attacks to dismantle the ability of average citizens to protect their own well-being, while the obscenely wealthy strip out money and resources to insure their own survival. They will be the last to suffer, while enacting genocide on everyone else. And this is being done deliberately. The effects of climate change were known by these elements long before they have been widely accepted by the public, and professional liars are hired to make sure "doubt" has been sown for as long as possible. We are at a crisis point: and while a significant portion of the population still "doubts", the noose is being deliberately crafted by climate change aggressors. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Their heads in the Florida sand

So if am I reading this situation correctly, according to Isaac Mass, chronic use of tobacco smoke is a limited public health risk, but a one-time exposure to BBQ smoke is worth a $1 million-plus lawsuit against Punkinfest. Even with my obviously inferior reasoning skills and education, I still think perhaps this is a battle that Councilor Mass should not suit up for. But with the courthouse under construction, and no hallways to prowl for fresh clients... perhaps he finds himself with more time than usual on his hands. I'm gonna go home tonight and smoke a rack of ribs, since I am over 21 and it is my right as an American. Try and stop me, Councilor Mass! ...(full comment)

Greenfield councilor Isaac Mass pushing back against health board’s new smoking regs

All governments and businesses that regulate and manage for us do so on the basis of proven scientific and engineering facts. Human values are also part of their decisions. The writer and those who agree with the writer are ignoring important facts. How does it work, what are the worst case consequences, how much time is there to take action to stop worst case situations, and what preparations must be made to deal with the situation? With Vermont Yankee shut down the small danger from the used fuel decreases minute by minute, day by day. The time to interrupt a worst case chain of events grows longer and longer. Right now, there is a very long time available. (At Fukushima there was a whole day before any releases. The first evacuation was ordered after several hours.) The writer continues to spread fear and doubt with these issues. Why? There was something there, but Chicken Little was exaggerating. ...(full comment)

Letter: An eye on Yankee

Eminent Domain for Private profit and export facilities: this is obscene and should be unconstitutional: it is another means of undermining and terrorizing hardworking U.S. citizens. ...(full comment)

Letter: Combined sources?

Pieridae filed for export and NEPA exemption (federal register, dated Dec. 10, 2014, wherein it states that pipe lines and fossil fuel companies stand to gain 18 QUADRILLION dollars from selling U.S. gas abroad. And that is only one of four LNG terminals for that area: there are three additional proposals in ME. Clearly there is some benefit to these organizations joining in the corporate feeding frenzy, to steal five square miles of Massachusetts pristine conservation and private land to syphon off U.S. resources for private profit. There is no shortage of pipelines: there IS a shortage of honest brokers in the gas investment industry and utilities. ...(full comment)

Letter: Combined sources?

Conservatives have a strange definition of "Liberty". If you want the freedom to be a self-destructive fool, why do my taxes have to pay for your health care when you come down with cancer? ...(full comment)

Greenfield councilor Isaac Mass pushing back against health board’s new smoking regs

“They were supplying a lot of shade, so it has been difficult keeping those areas of road below the trees free from ice in the winter, which creates another safety hazard,” said Ouellette. By that logic, we should cut down all the trees in Greenfield. Also, the director says they were an invasive species, but the article does not say what species the trees were. There should be more care into saving trees instead of just resorting to cutting them down (even if that's cheaper, which is what I expect was the extent of analysis done here) because loss of tree canopy can dramatically change a streetscape and reduce property values. (Also, with Greenfield's sky-high property taxes, why can't this town ever seem to find the money to do anything???) ...(full comment)

Tree removals a must, according to public works boss

Thanks, Ms. Wedegartner and sorry for your/our loss. These looked like the same kind of trees that they cut down behind the library. I never have heard an explanation for that desecration. We used to have a much better looking downtown, and town in general. Where you used to see lovely trees, now you see for blocks and blocks, just buildings and houses. ...(full comment)

Letter: Tree-belt destruction

I'm sure once the board realizes the loss of Tax revenue they will rue their decision but being they won't want to admit it they will find another way to tax all the citizens of Greenfield to replace the loss. ...(full comment)

Greenfield OKs new tobacco regulations; Smoking age will be 21 on July 1

Ken, Obama didn't "take the high road" because he knew that both Netanyahu and the Republican Congress were playing a shabby game of politics. He faces re-election back in Israel and the GOP will use any tool, fair but usually foul to discredit the president. Their treasonous letter to Iran is proof of that. The entire episode was an embarrassing farce. ...(full comment)

Letter: Obama, Netanyahu