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4 Billion dollars to be paid for by all electricity rate payers. It started off as 2.5 Billion dollars a few months back. Massachusetts was initially supposed to get 54 Million dollars in tax revenue for this, now its down to 24 Million, but only when the pipeline is first built. The story that isn't getting out is that the Black and Veach study (and they are largely a gas investment interest) determined a current need of .6bcf . . . while this pipeline proposed is 2.5 bcf. There was NO follow up to the "low impact study" and instead this mammoth, overbuilt project, to be paid for by us, is proposed: to bring gas to proposed LNG terminals in Nova Scotia. Market changes are needed not a pipeline: a few purchases on the spot market are being used by gas investment interests to gin up a so-called "crisis", and gas investments have both the media dollars and political tentacles to try to do this. (And don't forget 1.5 billion dollars that ratepayers are bilked due to leaking pipelines: recent legislation says they have 30 YEARS to fix existing leaks . . . think that will happen any time soon?) Does anyone recall that we are still paying for The Big Dig to the tune of 22 billion dollars? That we won't be done paying for until 2038? Well, here we go again. Baker is running for Governor. He "helped" with investors for the Big Dig . . . which started off at 2.5 billion . . . whoa, and look how that load on our backs mushroomed. Now here comes another big fat infrastructure project that we'll have to pay for. A study by the league of women voters in NY speaks of "recoverable gas". If most of this gas is taken for export, the Marcellus could be exhausted in as little as seven years. This pipeline plan is ludicrous, and clearly intended to benefit the .01% with yet another big wealth transfer. That extra charge on every electricity bill is already growing: that means less money to local businesses and households. ...(full comment)

Questions remain after COG pipeline meeting

As a rather contented resident of the Weldon, with no particular ax to grind, I would like to point out several errors in the reporting of this story. The work will begin in late August...the height of the summer heat. While the might be only 2 wheelchair dependent, on the upper floors (where I live), quite a large number use wheeled walkers, lift walkers, canes and other mobility aids. There are also other reasons many tenants will be terribly limited by this necessary procedure. Not all disabilities that are visible or use supportive mobility aids cause walking many flights of stairs harmful, if not impossible. Additionally, I don't recall anyone mentioning go to live elsewhere for the duration, although this was proposed. The offering to have one...just one person, between business hours, will not be sufficient to assist over a hundred frail, elderly or otherwise disabled tenants I am a retired vocational rehabilitation professional, and I knew these things. ...(full comment)

Weldon residents to be without an elevator

Mr. Fiske, I was thinking the same thing !! where is all that extra money going? Why is it going to offset the state's pension fund? Seems the citizens of Ma. should be questioning this.. ...(full comment)

Letter: Consumer relief

Producing 100MW requires about 68,000 truckloads of wood (25 cords per truck) a year per the report "Vermont Electric Power in Transition" www.coalitionforenergysolutions.org. VY produces 600 MW to the grid, 620 MW total. A lot of gas will be needed! ...(full comment)

Would biomass plant be good fit at Vt. Yankee site?

The used fuel will very likely be reused, without "reprocessing" (separating uranium and plutonium), in reactors designed to do this. Prototypes proved this long ago. China is going full-bore on one type and may buy all this used fuel from us. We will be left in the dust. Towns knew from the beginning that the plant would be decommissioned some day. Why didn't they have a savings account for that? ...(full comment)

Editorial: An uncertain transformation

Your comment that the "morning after pill" causes early abortion is scientifically incorrect. It is not a abortifacient. The morning after pill works primarily by preventing ovulation, and in some cases prevents the egg from implanting in the uterus. By preventing unintended pregnancies, the morning after pill in effect prevents abortions. By the way the Supreme Court clarified their Hobby Lobby ruling to say that it applies to all contraception covered by the ACA, NOT just the ones Hobby Lobby objected to, ...(full comment)

Letter: Troubling headline

and the only reason the police chief couldn't comment on the condition of us was because he didn't do a patient check on us he just showed up and went to the car. Didn't even show concern and claims I was speeding when no one was around and I wasn't. The speed limit on that stretch is 40mph and I was going a few mph's less than that. ...(full comment)

Leyden rollover sends woman, child to hospital

I was the driver of this accident. We are ok, just a few bumps and bruises (mainly me) we are just shaken up. My steering wheel locked up which caused me to swerve and hit the tree then rollover and end up on the roof. Didn't get a chance to use my brakes. It did look worse than it was. ...(full comment)

Leyden rollover sends woman, child to hospital

The amount of money being borrowed is unusually large because the school district had to severely curtail computer upgrades and replacements over the past several years due to insufficient funding of the operating budget. This major upgrade is unavoidable because the obsolescence of Windows XP. To run the newer operating system, a large portion of the hardware needs to be replaced all at once. This is not something that happens on an annual basis. When procuring computer equipment for public education, it’s essential to purchase machines that will last for several years, so that they will make it through the normal replacement cycle. One cannot simply purchase home computers or used computers. While those solutions offer the illusion of cost-efficiency, they are actually more expensive. One ends up paying more in repairs and upgrades, and the replacement cycle is shortened due to the necessity of having to replace machines more frequently to meet increased application and/or networking requirements. Therefore the annual cost of ownership increases under those solutions. The adage "you get what you pay for" is very applicable in this case. Local town officials need to take responsibility for their role in this situation. While the urgency of the upgrade was unquestionably precipitated by Microsofts' business decisions, the magnitude of this project is clearly the result of inadequate funding on the part of the towns over the past several years. That town officials continue to debate and delay this project, even at this late date, reflects poorly on them. ...(full comment)

Pioneer to begin $400,000 computer replacement

Oh the faith of a child. Jesus said let the children come to me and do not hinder them for such is the kingdom of heaven. if we could all have just a small amount of the faith as CHrisito and his family, how much more content we would be. Bless you Chrisito and your family. and God Bless our wonderful Pope ...(full comment)

Ailing boy uses wish to visit pope

Our Governor and our State Senators are cordially invited to walk with Massachusetts residents, and take a good hard look at what could be permanently destroyed with this proposed pipeline. On the way, they would have a chance to meet the people, their children, their neighbors, and the unparalleled pristine beauty of the woodland and fields and waters they seek to destroy with this unnecessary, for-private-profit, environmental abomination. Mayor Martin is also invited: to meet the people who bring so much commerce to his city. Perhaps he could trouble himself to listen to the informed perspective of folks who travel to Greenfield businesses with their commerce. ...(full comment)

Pipeline protest walk begins Monday

The question is, who among our august Senators, will really stand with the citizens of our state: and who defer accountability to "there's really nothing we can do". The needs of the Northeast are .5bcf. The proposed pipelines TMG and Algongquin are so far over this that it should be obvious to anyone with half a brain that the billions of cubic feet over that amount are intended for export in KM's fleet of tankers, which is a gross abuse of eminent domain. The pipeline along the top of Massachusetts, along with the pipeline in southern MA will insure that Massachusetts becomes the shipping and storage grid for the Marcellus. These pipelines run along the top and bottom of Massachusetts with laterals planned or partially in place. Cui bono? This is going to be paid for by electricity customers to the tune of 2.5 billion dollars: recent estimates place this higher: more like 4 billion. And that figure doesn't begin to account for the environmental destruction. Forget a "superfund": by that time there will be no fund: damage permanent and unremitting. The company says "our senators have been fully briefed". None of our senators dispute this, and "they don't have a position" despite countless letters from local people. Who do they represent? We're beginning to get the picture. ...(full comment)

Letter: Losing ground

Mayor Martin is clearly uninformed. This gas is likely to be taken directly from the Marcellus Shale. He could do his community a favor and read a report by Marvin Resnikoff, Phd. on the very high radioactive content of Marcellus gas, and the dangers this poses to cities close to these shale beds. He might also want to do some due dilligence in understanding how unconventional gas is different from the "natural gas" of the past. Wonderful fantasy . . .that manufacturers will flock to Greenfield . . . . meanwhile, folks who live in surrounding towns, who shop and conduct business in Greenfield, will be economically devastated, and this area will likely become a less desireable place to live, surrounded by declining home values. ...(full comment)

In the Arena: Not all say ‘nay’ to pipeline