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The Precinct 7/ Community Relations and Education Committee Community Forum WILL BE HELD ON Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:00 pm at the Robbins Memorial Church at 55 Munson St. The date noted in the Recorder is incorrect. Kathryn J. Scott, Administrative Assistant To the Town Council Clerk Town of Greenfield (413) 772-1555 x 113 ...(full comment)

Forum to discuss increase of Munson Street traffic tonight

We will be paying for the Big Dig until 2038. What began as a 2.5 billion dollar proposal mushroomed into a 22 billion dollar nightmare and "investments" in this were managed by Charlie Baker. This devastated communities all over the state as necessary funds were syphonned from local communities and diverted to this project. This was an enormous wealth transfer from Massachusetts citizens to private investors. We, as a state, are located between the Marcellus shale and the coast: we also have abundant water. If MA voters aren't smart, we are going to become the shipping grid for radioactive, chemically toxic Marcellus gas, and our water will be commodified and sold elsewhere in the years to come: this is happening in other places around the country whenever the radical GOP is in office; any work on our behalf will cease entirely. Whatever the public discussion is in order to get elected, that is the agenda. Socialize the costs: privatize profit. In other words: take as much of your money as possible so the obscenely wealthy can have more. ...(full comment)

Editorial: What’s the plan for western Mass.?

We drove by it, too. Pretty amazing sight! ...(full comment)

Hot air balloon makes emergency landing on I-91

Thank you so much for this commentary. We want to believe in our nation, and it is shocking to see how far our nation has fallen from its ideals and principles because of the greed of oligarchs who have engaged in a hostile takeover of democracy, and care only for themselves. ...(full comment)

Shaney/My Turn: What I want to believe

I live in Texas - San Antonio, and miss my compadres The Stone Coyotes! I first heard of them on our local college radio KSYM back when Born To Howl was released. Became good friends and got them to play here in San Antonio. Made me believe in Rock and Roll again and the power of words to convey heartfelt and a true message for this old (not to old to rock and roll) rocker. I have been a devoted friend and also have made believers my friends and family. Come back to Texas Coyotes. ...(full comment)

Sounds Local: The Stone Coyotes set to rock the Iron Horse

Great article. Loved it. ...(full comment)

The twists & turns of history: the Mohawk Trail marks 100 years

Indexing the gas tax ensures that there is adequate funding for roads, bridges etc. by tying the tax to the current value of the dollar - it's pretty basic, sensible public policy that only gets politicized by shamelessly pandering politicians like Lee, and only supported by voters who want everything maintained (and blame government when it's not) but don't want to pay for anything, either. ...(full comment)

Lee backs repeal of gas tax indexing

The candidates' business appears to benefit from water comodification that is going on in other regions of North America. Water is "commodified" by diverting it into control by investment interests, who are then free to sell it to the highest bidder. With water shortages in the U.S., and all over the world, one wonders if this local business has much interest in the human need for water, or if this will aid both her bottom line and other investors grab of U.S. resources: and what ties to wealthy investment interests (pictured at a party with Donald Trump) mean for Massachusetts water. ...(full comment)

Lee wins 2nd Franklin Republican race

We now face this at home. We are going to become an extraction colony for the .01% unless folks begin to become truly informed . . . Maura Healey won the primary as AG- Thank God! because her opponent, John Miller, is part of an international construction law firm with ties to fossil fuel investments in the Middle East, and is being put in place to aid in overturning our State Constitution. Sadly, our Massachusetts business community is being duped by promises of cheap gas to turn our state into an extraction colony. The candidate for governor, put up by investment cartels is Charlie Baker: yes, Big Dig Baker. He says his prior involvement in the obscene 28 billion dollar Big Dig is "in the past" but we, as taxpayers in Massachusetts, will be paying this off until 2038. He's been involved in Bain Capital style investor coups in health care, with inflate costs to insure ratepayers and massive cuts to jobs: and now he's back to honcho another big infrastructure project to benefit the .01%. Then there is the candidate opposing Denise Andrews. Photographs are flooding the internet showing Ms. Lee with a giant semi automatic and partying with Mr. Bankruptcy, Donald Trump. Oh, and she happens to own a company that sure looks like it will benefit when MA water is the next commodity for investors. With such ties in a small community, this is quite concerning. ...(full comment)

Moss/My Turn: Restoring a critical balance

Congratulations!!!.....I know where the 29 number comes from daughter number one birthdate ...(full comment)

Greenfield man wins big

"Unenrolled" is nothing more than a Democratic Party trick to maintain control over elections. The correct word is independent, as in Declaration of Independence. Democrats were looking for a word that conveys a connotation of impropriety, and unenrolled was the one that seemed to convey that the best. Independent voters are United States citizens who are registered to vote, which is all that should be necessary in order to participate in the United States government. Before the election of 1800 all voters in the United States were independent voters because there were no organized political parties in the United States. President George Washington said that political parties and their members and candidates for office were the ones who were doing something wrong, not independent voters. After two hundred years of political party control, we now understand that George Washington was right. Independent voters do not like to be called unenrolled. Voter registration is all that should be necessary. George Washington called political parties "self-created societies". If you are going to call independent voters "unenrolled", how about calling political parties "self-created societies"? It is only fair. ...(full comment)

In the Arena: ‘Unenrolled’ hold the key

The date for the Montague Business Association Shredding Day is incorrect in this article. The correct day is Saturday, September 13. If you could run this correction in the Talk of the Town and the Neighbors sections it would be much appreciated. ...(full comment)

Trash day, papers to printers

As one of the people who is working in the resistance to the pipeline, I can't help but wonder about the the history of LaFleur's statement, which seems outrageous. How can FERC be so clueless about what's at stake here? Or do they not care? Is FERC so in the pocket of these huge corporations that they are dead to the reality of what these pipeline projects mean to us who live and work and build lives that will be destroyed if this pipeline goes through? Did Cheryl LaFleur really say, word for word, that FERC doesn't have time for environmental studies and they don't care about where this gas is going? Thank you for your letter and for keeping this issue alive. There are now dozens of interventions and comments on the FERC website. I have read every single one of them, and it is clear that segmentation is illegal and is huge threat to the people of Sandisfield. It is also clear that Kinder Morgan is trying to circumvent due process so they can sneak their project past us. We must make sure they do not act above the law and that the public at large is made aware of what is happening to our community rights at the hands of $100 billion corporations. And, we must make sure that FERC hears the voices of the people they're affecting, loud and clear. ...(full comment)

Letter: Pipeline plans