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Good Point! Mr. Mass also feels that big box stores will help the local economy: right, close local businesses and buy from China while contributing to an entity that pays nearly nothing in taxes, and whose employees are paid so poorly that we subsidize their healthcare and food stamps. Way to go Mr. Mass . . . about as much of a poorly infomred fossil as could be imagined. God, look at Holyoke . . . they are attracting clean energy businesses and redeveloping their city with creative use of green energy. that's the kind of thinking we should be seeing from leadership in Greenfield. ...(full comment)

Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

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

Let us make this point, there never was a Palestine land. Read your history, no Arab country wanted the Palestinians in their countries. Israel should move the borders to the land they had at the end of the 67 war. With the exception of the Sinai peninsula since they made a lasting peace with Egypt. ...(full comment)

Letter: Focus on Israel

show me a project for anything by the government that has come in close to the price tag stated. If state taxpayers had to pay for the big dig would you be happy? I am not happy the feds pick up the overrun of $$. That is something the state or the city it is put in picks up. Look at the bridges in San Fran, they might have to be redone. Who is going to pay for that, the builder who used bad bolts or the bosses of the inspector ( who said there is a problem) or the taxpayer? Maybe the safest thing is to not use the bridges and make people drive around. I remember driving though Harrisburg, PA and thinking how many bridges do they need. Most of them were no longer used as they were not safe. ...(full comment)

Editorial: The slow pace to high-speed rail

Only the U.S., China and maybe Russia ( I cannot remember how many warheads they retained after the breakup of the USSR and how many we purchased to destroy),possess the ability to wipe out civilization. More than someone trying to do that they will probably do something else. If one wants to destroy the U.S. or north America, they will more than likely get a device approx. 70,000 feet + over the middle of the U.S. They could use a weather balloon, plane or a ICBM. Detonate the device sending out an enormous EMP knocking out at least 85% of the electrical grid if not all that has not been protected. That would be devastating all communication would go out anything flying would drop like a fly. Think of it like the original "Day the Earth Stood Still". In all the exercises I participated in if you can get down to the Blue Ridge mountains you have a very good chance at survival due to the normal wind patterns. ...(full comment)

Hynes/My Turn: Terror unleashed

Vermont Yankee will NOT eliminate emergency planning of all types. No matter the activity - decommissioning or just "babysitting" used fuel in Dry Casks, they will be prepared for fires, personnel injuries from the tear-down work, and radiation events. The article is right in saying the EPZ (for radiation events) will SHRINK - not disappear. It can shrink because the hazard shrinks and the used fuel undergoes radioactive decay. When atoms decay they then have no more to give out, so the total amount of radiation source decreases with time. Opponents will say that a great injustice is proposed, but their fear in not supported by the evidence. ...(full comment)

Vt. Yankee petition to eliminate 10-mile emergency zone moves forward

There are half a dozen companies with Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) devices racing to the marketplace. If the Solar Hydrogen Trends claims are true, they have the best system to date because their reactor produces hydrogen gas rather than heat. We can easily use hydrogen gas to power cars, trucks, trains, ships, aircraft, and spacecraft with existing, well proven off the shelf technology. I have my fingers crossed and hope this development is authentic. It would shrink the switchover time required to replace fossil fuels with LENR from many decades to just a few years. ...(full comment)

Letter: An energy solution?

Dear Recorder Reader, Due to an error on my, Rev. Don Erickson's, part, there is a mistake in this article. Please Note: There will be no Tupperware table or Gold and Silver table. Repeat, there will be no Tupperware table or Gold and Silver table. I apologize for any inconvenience. Sincerely, Rev. Don Erickson www.ccnoat.org ...(full comment)

North Orange and Tully Village Fair set for Saturday

We need renewables: NOW. And we need to divest of fossil fuels. ...(full comment)

Letter: No pipeline needed

In honor of those who protect & service - Keep it going!! LEOs, Firefighters, EMS Listed below are some reasons to join in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started by Pat Quinn & Pete Frates to raise ALS Awareness. These are a few of the names of LEOs, Firefighters, EMS across North America who have heard “You have ALS”. Some have lost their battle with ALS while others are living with ALS today. Police In Pursuit to ArrestALS Firefighters Fight to ExtinguishALS EMS Respond to EndALS In honor/memory of: Alan Burton, Sheriff's Captain Alfred Lloyd Hendsbee, Detective Corporal Amanda Bernier Andrew Todd Adams, Captain Anthony Meeks Armen Tamakian, Asst Chief Arthur Walters Bob Price Boyd Elliott Brian Howe Brian Sanford, Fire Chief Brian Worley Burton Peter Mortensen Calvin John Crockett, Field Sgt. Captain Brown Cary Sloan Casey Ross Cornelius Charles Francis "Skip" Kelsey Clarence “Bully” Nakaahiki Claudia Whelchel Burrows Cliff Williams, Fire Dept Chaplain Cory Oakes Craig Samples Curt Weise Cyle Harris Dan Gilbert Dan Luongo Daniel Lawerence Poe Danilo Robles Danny Sargent Daniel Scimeca Dave Harrison Dave Simpson David F. Lamoree David H. Walters David W. Egbert Dennis Gleason Dennis Halloran Derek Hogg Dick Jacobson Dominick Calabrese, Jr Don D. Delka Don Duffy Donald B. Johnson Donald C. Gustin Dudley Jourdan Ed Bigger Ed DeAngelo Sgt. Ed Pane Ed Sprecher Edmond “E.N.” Brown, Police Chief Edward Joseph Tracy Ernest Danyew (Military Police) Firefighter Cluster of ALS Deaths in Canada Foster Lisle Talge Jr., Sr. Frederick P. Parker Gary Latham Gary Temoyan George T Sims, Jr Gilbert Richardson Gloria Herfurth Hank Adkins Herman C. Smith James Arthur Dalthorp James B. Brokovich James B. Kinney James Bryan MacIntosh James L. Johnson Jr. James Lutz Sgt. James Malcolm Strong Jarrod Brodnax Jason Felton Jeff Dunn Jeffrey Ford Pittman Jeremy Norris Jerry Dixon Jim Blair, Captain Jimmy E. Driever Corporal John Anderson John Bruce John C "Jack" Dolan, Jr. John Lippincott John Stephen Massa Joshua Allen Kennedy Kelly Crush Ken Patterson Kevin Bolio Kevin Williams Larry Groom Leonard Crawford Leslie Bender Leslie Don Taylor, Police chief Lowell "Punk" Williams Lucious Thomas Mark Kelly Police Corporal Mark Riddering Matt Onyshko Matt Helm Mike McClinton Mike Wiley Napoleon Riddle Neil Alexander Noel F Lyons Norman Walker Odis "Dudley" Marvin Sanders, Sr Don Genier, Brian Dyck Patrick O'Connell, Asst Chief Patrick T. Digby Paul Brummett, senior corporal Paul Downing Pete Sharman, Detective Phil Kelleher, Fire Chief Ray Hancock Richard "Dick" Forrest Richard "Red" Hudson Richard G. "Dick" Downing Richard W. Poucher, Lt. Rob Moszer Robert Frick Robert Zlatniski Robin J. Tomlin Roger Jessup Lloyd Sgt. Roger A. Petrone, Jr. Ronald A. Stephenson Ronald L. Clemens Ronald Muzzell Roy Wells Samuel “Bulldog” Smith Scott Myers Shaun Probert, Fire Lt. Skip Prigge Sgt. Bob Madden Sgt. Robert (RJ) Anderson Shaun Probert Stephen Harry Peery Stephen T. D’Angelo Thomas Flickinger Sr, Police Lt Thomas O. Pilkington Thomas W. Ohlson Tim Wilson Toby Candilora Toby O'Brien Vernon Barnard Victor Kubisch Vincent Soto Wayne Tichenor Wes Diebert William D. Kling William Samuel Christian Jr. Winston Charles Padgett William Cumiskey Ice Bucket Challenge - challenge your fellow brothers/sisters/departments www.als.net http://room3606.com/q4tw/ www.petefrates.com ...(full comment)

Buckets of generosity: Franklin County police, fire get wet for ALS

Finally, we found a man here in the United States who understands that the hydrogen reactor "Symphony 7A" is an existing device, which works in contrary to many laws of physics and produces 208,000 liters per hour of pure hydrogen. If someone has any doubts, please invite any reputable company to conduct your own tests. President of Solar Hydrogen Trends Inc. ...(full comment)

Letter: An energy solution?

As I understand it, the article was minimum sentencing for anyone caught with the drug. Not everyone who uses a drug is selling it, and jail isn't always the best approach to intervention: in fact it guarantees that with a criminal record, efforts at recovery will be severely hampered. ...(full comment)

Collins: Andrews’ stance baffles supporters