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

Well said. ...(full comment)

Letter: The toothless NRC

Fourth-graders should NOT be placed in a middle school. This is a good decision, and it's rather unsettling to me to think that at some point, someone thought it was a good idea to put these children in a population of kids at a significantly different developmental stage. What still worries me a lot is that the Newton Street School serves, arguably, the greatest population of at-risk students; by that, I mean the pupils coming in from the nearby homeless hotels, who are already suffering from transience and disruptions in, or absence of, what most of us would consider to be a normal childhood. If this town is going to continue to house this large homeless population, we need to take a much savvier approach to placing at-risk children. Those hotels are forcing kids to grow up too fast, and not in a good way. Placing them in middle school too early is just asking for trouble. ...(full comment)

Committee OKs moving Greenfield 4th grades to elementary schools

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

Maybe if Obama would stop dividing the taxpayers from the non taxpayers, and the rich form the poor, from those that work and those that don't, from those that legally enter the U.S. to those that don't, he would have the support of the majority. He has shown himself to be a poor mans Jimmy Carter. The President is negotiating just like Carter. Did Carter get the hostages out of Iran. No. President Regan did, and it did not take very long. As Harry Callahan once said, "a man has to know his limitations", I think the President does not realize his. ...(full comment)

Letter: Just crazy

Maybe Obama should have thought about that before he decided to get out his phone and his pen. ...(full comment)

Letter: Just crazy