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Beacon field/Poet Seat Tower are the perfect locations for fireworks in the valley. Yes, this year did not disappoint. I have been at the "50 yardline" for years with friends and family and we all were like...."That is what it's supposed to be like"....."yeah"!!!! Too many are concerned about the fireworks not being on the 4th. I get the cost is greater. By having them after the 4th, many have the ability to see more displays in the area. Easthampton?Holyoke the week before and Amherst on the 4th. I say (and I rarely say this) BRAVO Greenfield! Great job Rec Dept. ...(full comment)

‘That was insane’

239 years later, look what we have. Sad. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Reason to celebrate since 1776

Kinder Morgan's behavior has been deceptive, disingenuous and disrespectful on every occasion where they have promised their form letter language, stating "open and transparent". Saying that doesn't make it true: in fact it's an Orwellian propaganda tactic. If their investors could see what we have experienced its a wonder they ever got any business at all. Northfield shouldn't waste time: there are resources that will be far more informative. ...(full comment)

Northfield rejects meeting with Kinder Morgan prior to scoping session

That's my dad! 😃 ...(full comment)

Fantastic find: Rowe historians discover treasures

'There’s an axiom that is common to both science and law. It goes like this: extraordinary claims demand more scrutiny than usual to make sure they stand up. That is how science works. Claim and counter-claim: intellectual thrust and experimental parry.'* Evolution has stood the test of time, and passed every challenge with flying colors. Intelligent Design, a form of religious creationism, was invalidated as science in the 1800’s, even before Darwin published. Nothing discovered since Darwin's day has changed that fact. * Nature Magazine ...(full comment)

The case for intelligent design: Gill pastor sees faith supported by evidence

What if science is wrong and there was no "beginning" to the universe? Hard as it is to fathom, what if the "elements" that make up the universe have always been here and the Big Bang was one instansiation of a cycle of birth and death that happens every 15 billion years ( just a random number I put in). It's a it difficult to entirely believe in the "Big Bang" theory and buy the premise that in an "instant", or even a metaphorical 7 days, there was nothing and then there was everything. And if it was god, then who created that God. So if you can believe there was always a god, never a time without God, you could also believe that the universe always existed. That being said, I do believe that the universe has intelligence and that to me becomes a really interesting discussion. ...(full comment)

The case for intelligent design: Gill pastor sees faith supported by evidence

"Isn’t it interesting that the debate over intelligent design (creationism) and the theory of evolution (naturalism) continues 150 years after Darwin?" No, not really. In some even more intellectually debased circles, the debate over geocentrism continues centuries after the evidence on that issue was clear. And it continues for the same reason: blind, uninformed ignorance based in religious faith. What should concern you more, given your chosen occupation, is why there are so many Christian denominations two millennia after the cobbling together of your Canon. Surely that goes directly to its provenance. "Science has spoken on this issue, but not all of us believe it has spoken coherently. Many on the “science” side often speak more philosophy and opinion..." This reveals nothing more than your complete ignorance of science. What journals do you subscribe to? How many articles from the primary literature do you read per month? Have you sat down with a textbook of evolutionary biology and read it cover to cover? And then researched the footnotes? Judging from the rest of your epistle, you have mistaken the lies peddled by creationist websites as somehow being representative of the state of scientific knowledge. I would wager you have never, even once, exposed yourself to a graduate level reading of the subject about which you pretend to have insight. This is roughly equivalent to expounding on the nature of theology based on a reading of the "witty" little signs outside low-rent churches. What an embarrassment article this is for you. ...(full comment)

The case for intelligent design: Gill pastor sees faith supported by evidence

The pastor's evidence: 1 I don't know how this happened, therefore God. 2 I don't know how this happened, therefore God. 3 I don't know how this happened, therefore God. Perhaps you need to learn what the word 'evidence' means. Now to wait for the IDists to comment here and point out that the Pastor is not defending their claims but rather creationism. ID and creationism are completely different, don't you know? ...(full comment)

The case for intelligent design: Gill pastor sees faith supported by evidence

1) Intelligent design isn't *necessarily* creationism if, for example ET made us... so right off the bat you have proven that you don't *really* know what you are talking about... 2) The naturalist might also say that it appears as if we are *necessary* to the physical process... so we are *needed* into existence for this purpose... so again, you don't even know what all of the choices are, yet you feel like you are qualified to speculate.... ...(full comment)

The case for intelligent design: Gill pastor sees faith supported by evidence

Opiates continue to escalate. Wrecking lives and families. We must all, as a community, seek solutions to combat and treat this epidemic. ...(full comment)

Turners shooting victim out of hospital

"Many scientists have shifted toward the Intelligent Design explanation through modern discoveries within creation, than have shifted away." That's being dishonest. It's just not true. There is no serious biologist in the entire world who believes in magical creationism. Scientists are not science deniers. ...(full comment)

The case for intelligent design: Gill pastor sees faith supported by evidence

"Isn’t it interesting that the debate over intelligent design (creationism) and the theory of evolution (naturalism) continues 150 years after Darwin?" There is no debate. Biologists have accepted evolution as fact for more than a century. Today the evidence from DNA sequencing is many thousands of times more powerful than Darwin could have imagined possible. Evolution has become the strongest fact of science. The denial of evolution requires denial of the bedrock of two centuries of biology and geology. Magical intelligent design creationism is a childish religious fantasy, it is not scientific, and it's just plain wrong. It's ridiculous to throw out scientific facts like evolution and replace it with supernatural magic. This is the 21st century, not the Dark Ages. ...(full comment)

The case for intelligent design: Gill pastor sees faith supported by evidence

Even after overwhelming public attendance, outcry and testimony the DPU has denied intervenor status to landowers, municipalities, and our elected representatives. This is outrageous. ...(full comment)

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