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My gawd! Just listen to the meetings, it is mr. Coler and mr. Carter who have a pattern of revising both history and reality. The facts are all there should folks decide to think for themselves. But no, I guess that's too difficult for some. ...(full comment)

Resignation letter raises Ashfield board’s ire

Well written and inspiring as always....thanks for sharing this and for doing so much for the town. ...(full comment)

McDougall/My Turn: A garden and its people

There's a far bigger difference between dollar coins and paper dollars than those discussed in this article; and a far dirtier story line, of underhand anti-coin activism at the Federal Reserve. Why do you think the 1979 Susan B. Anthony dollar was so similar to a quarter that its production soon had to be halted? Ex-Mint chairman Philip Diehl’s testimony as to the Fed creating “barriers” to distribution is at http://financialservices.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hhrg-112-ba19-wstate-pdiehl-20121129.pdf. Whenever the Treasury mints a $1 coin, it gains $1 minus the production cost--just as the Federal Reserve now garnishes $1 in assets for every $1 bill it issues, minus the printing cost. The transfer of these face-value profits in issuing all $1 denominations, from the Federal Reserve to the Treasury, will result in gains VASTLY in excess of those reported by the GAO, which are taken as true by the proponents of S. 1105. In other words, the case for the change to a $1 coin is FAR stronger than that which is being made by the bill's sponsors and advocates. In particular, there will be prompt multi-billion dollar gains, rather than the predicted start-up losses. The difference is the subject of a lawsuit seeking findings of misrepresentation against the Treasury and GAO, now pending in the Ninth Circuit. See the articles "How The One Dollar Coin Can Cure The Economy" at http://www.opednews.com/articles/How-The-One-Dollar-Coin-Ca-by-Clifford-Johnson-130515-443.html. ...(full comment)

Blagg: Shortchanging dollar coin

Chris - I really enjoyed your article and I was pleasantly surprised to see this topic covered. I am a metallurgist and have worked with metals my entire career and find it a useful and fascinating science. It's very rare to see the topic of metalworking as a hobby covered, even though it can be both useful and enjoyable. Keep coming up with the good topics. Thanks Mike Cornelius ...(full comment)

Tempering steel: heating, cooling & timing

One of many historic treasures in our valley... beautiful murals of the Holyoke Dam in the Holyoke City Hall, the Maxfield Parrish stage set in the Plainfield, NY town hall, and more. ...(full comment)

A sound sweet & soft

I agree with me on this! I'm definitely right! ...(full comment)

Letter: Challenging Kulik

Yes, indeed, the bottle deposit should be at least a dime. A nickel in 1982 when the Bottle Bill was pased is worth 12¢ today, thanks to inflation. See: http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl?cost1=0.05&year1=1982&year2=2014. And the deposit should be extended to all beverage containers. If these two measures were enacted, our neighborhoods, parks, streets and rivers would be much cleaner, and there would be less plastic in the ocean. The The Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee's designation of a legislative working group to study the Bottle Bill expansion is nothing but a smoke screen. The TUE has been charged with doing this job for more than a decade, but Speaker DeLeo says keep this bill bottled up in committee, so there it remains. We have paid for our state government through our taxes, but we cannot even get our elected representatives to vote on the Bottle Bill expansion. Unfortunately, the legislature is more interested in catering to special interests in the beverage industry than doing the People's business, so we have to take matters into our own hands with a ballot initiative in November. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Slow going on expanded bottle bill

For those interested in supporting the family during this loss http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/help-the-adams/156073 ...(full comment)

Greenfield man arraigned on arson charges

Love the hat! Good luck to you in your new adventure. ...(full comment)

Mexican in Shelburne Falls? Olé!

I have been in many states over the past few years. I think the nickel should be raised to a dime or even a quarter. This should be done on all beverages(including wine and hard liquor) less than a gallon or a half gallon. When I was in Arkansas even the highways had no litter which was amazing. NJ and Ms. were filthy with litter and beverage containers. You do get the deposit back when you turn in the containers. When you make the cost prohibitive to toss it will keep the land cleaner. Think of it like the tax on smokes. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Slow going on expanded bottle bill

Please let the community know how we can help this family to get through this horrible tragedy. Where can we bring donations? Is there a church they belong to that could organize a drive? I know people will want to help!!! ...(full comment)

Son charged with arson

A professional, thorough investigation would determine cougar presence by at least three corroborating physical factors including tracks, scat, territorial scrapes, fur, DNA, kills and photographs (cougars, even in the lowest densities, are captured routinely on cell phone cameras, video, and remote wildlife cams - everywhere but East of the Michigan UP and north of Florida). Track cougars in winter conditions, and one can follow their prints for miles, where corroborating evidence like scat, scrapes, fur, den-sites, and kills emerge quickly along their route. In Winchester, a tempest has been brewed from the teapot of one set of poor, melted-out tracks, with no corroborating physical evidence - none - to support them. As Paul Beier, the first cougar biologist who studied cougars in the suburbs, in So Cal, where upwards of 95% of sightings in his study area - in cougar habitat - were determined to be misidentifications, has written, "Sightings are worthless as indicator of cougar presence, cougar numbers, or trends in cougar numbers…even people with extensive experience mistakenly identify other animals as cougars." A thorough journalist - as well as any responsible cougar researcher - would base a confirmation on corroborating physical evidence…the more, the better. ...(full comment)

On the Trail: Cougar leftovers

Congratulations to Ms. Loll on bringing to light a major problem in the art world. Something that has been traditionally kept "hush hush" is now being exposed in a scholarly manner. Science clearly now plays a major role in revealing forgeries and helping to discover previous unknown works of art. The only thing I see missing from this exhibit is the works of another noted forger named, David Stein. However, those paintings can be seen in many homes in Palm Beach and museums around the world. Going forward scientific evaluation is a must. ...(full comment)

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