Talkback

Getting to the final four of the state tournament was a terrific showing for this team. They should have had the opportunity to play one more game but winning two games against teams from larger areas and almost making the finals was a tremendous run. Driving back and forth to Sudbury may have been tiring but these kids left it all on the field. They were a pleasure to watch and the town should honor their, and the Junior Legion's efforts. ...(full comment)

Post 81 reaches end of road, 4-3

This is an excellent article.. and it sounds hopeful that our environment and state forests will continue to be protected and a blessed part of our homes. I am thankful for our Commonwealth and voices being heard. I recorded the rally in Boston through the facilities of Greenfield Community Television. The full video is posted Online: http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T00887&video=204935 ...(full comment)

Rally reaches Statehouse

I think a FULL audit should be done on where the money is really going in this town. How is it possible that with having a court house and jail as well as the industrial park and car dealerships (which some had gone out of business due to rising taxes in this town) as well as so many other businesses in this town, and be on the top highest taxes being paid for home owners in the STATE!!? The town needs to look at the job performance of this mayor and how costly he has been, especially to those that live pay check to pay check or live on social security or retirement. As far as the towns vibrancy and excitement... being on the news every other day for all the drugs and heroin going around town isn't something to be proud of. It's becoming more of an embarrassment when you say you live in Greenfield now and people comment on it being a drug town that they are afraid to go to and would not want their children to go to school here. ...(full comment)

Greenfield’s latest tax bills reflect high school debt

MassVocals , would take those odds ,The continue run around by DPH over 45 pages of Regulations constructed by prohibitionist . Who are effected with the disease of ignorance including there ajar mind set to old law conformity and law enforcement policy . All This is written then forward to induce more prohibition more regulation more required cost for patients A bliss of regulation a investment in delegation of corporate and government controls , This is what happens when you trust the government agency to perform . Let consider the continue foolishness of 10 oz limit this include roots leaf seeds so how many plants is that considering males are not desired you could waste your time planting seeds and seeds what they give you when ???? Now consider the oligarchy of DPH consequence of being legal , consider the cost value of the continue license classification procedure then asked does of your disease stop yearly ? The real question is overview how red is legal what 1.5 million to open a dispensary and how black is consistently in the black if not for law enforcement policy a policy of zealots seeded in corruption of the system built on complex fine and punishment policy This which refuses the truth of the public will and the cannabis plant benefits , Now asked your self who do you trust ? Its time to legalize , stay tune ??? MassVocals ...(full comment)

Letter: Dispensary delays

Climate change is already having a devastating effect in the United States. Severe drought is setting in and over half of our nation experiences water shortages. Only 1% of the earth's water is drinking water, vital for all habitation. All over the nation, billions and billions of gallons of drinking water are being ruined in extracting gas from deep within the earth. This water is being ruined both from its contact with elements deep within the earth, and from the "secret" chemicals added to separate compacted layers of stone thousands of feet within the earth. Ruined water, called "flowback" then requires disposal. To date, water processing plants cannot treat this. Dumping this into rivers has created deadly amounts of radioactivity in even more fresh water. Injecting this into the earth is increasingly cited in causing earthquakes. A further concern is that aquifers that contain fossil water, and take thousands of years to accumulate, may be contaminated from the practice of reinjecting this water. Whole towns water resources have been ruined. Mainstream news channels are owned by the very interests that are engaging in this practice, so the public is largely unaware of the tightening noose that the .01% are enacting on the rest of humanity. If unconventional gas is so "safe" and "clean", why did they insure exemption from legislation for clean air, clean water, and clean drinking water in 2005? These are lies spun to enrich the few at the suffering of the many. We are blessed with abundant water, hereabouts, and rich soil. Those are a lot more important than gas. We have other choices that are economically competitive. We have the ability to stop this orgy of destruction, and value this delicate web of life and beauty that sustains us. It has the right to respect and care from its inhabitants. ...(full comment)

Gran/My Turn: Climate change denial

Is this run like a HASH run? With a down-down at the end? Do they even have HASH runs in Massachusetts? If you don't know HASH runs then too bad for you, they are a blast ...(full comment)

Northfield Road race breezes through library

I think the severest punishment should be give to who ever is responsible for this, so no one try's it again. http://www.westcables.com/ ...(full comment)

‘Dig Safe’ stakes tampered with in Leverett broadband buildout

It will take more than this bill to improve management and oversight of housing authorities without much accountability. More taxpayer support for a broken system that excludes those they supposedly serve, will achieve nothing accept more waste. Lawmakers, state agencies and public officials need to look closely at the current lack of transparency and return. Clear federal oversight and legal advocacy for those without a voice would be a start. Ignoring the problem using media spin is political ineffectiveness at its best. Publishing the facts and indisputable truth will also support real change. Regionalizing only works when the all those involved openly perform their mandated responsibilities. Otherwise, it becomes a much larger problem by wasting even more public and human resources. ...(full comment)

New bill aims to improve local housing authorities

Transparency and tenant participation would improve Housing Authorities. This includes adequate inspections, access to those results, code-compliant housing, a grievance process that allows tenants to resolve issues, and complete oversight. If records are hidden, Reasonable Accommodations denied, repairs completed without the necessary permits (in a questionable fashion), there are serious problems that need to be addressed. Public money pays for the operation of Housing Authorities---the figures would astound most people. More money will not fix a broken system, however, full transparency, strong federal oversight, and tenant advocates with resident participation for each project/community is a good start. This includes properties set up under Housing Authority related non-profit public charities as Limited-Liability Companies. As long as public money is used for any public project, cause, or need---there should be an expectation of complete disclosure by those footing that bill. If things are hidden, something is amiss. Just ask tenants living in the Ashfield house Apartments, a subsidiary owned by Ashfield House LLC, whose sole managing member is Rural Development, Inc., the non-profit public charity affiliate of the Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority. ...(full comment)

New bill aims to improve local housing authorities

I see all the wasted rooftop space all over Massachusetts: and vacant malls, parking lots . . . and there is plenty of terrain that is too steep to farm, but a perfect setting for solar. All these entities that propose things always seem to want to demand private land near people and residences, or near the best land for food, or very close to water resources. there are plenty of places that would be perfect for locating some energy projects but the idea seems to be to harm people and their land and communities as part of the deal. ...(full comment)

Planners wary of using farmland for solar arrays

I envy what PVTA did with their comprehensive service analysis . This is the type of study the state intended to legislate in the recent transportation bill. I don't understand what is happening in Franklin County. Please read this document to understand what should be happening. Compliments to Mary MacInnes for such a complete study. http://www.pvta.com/media/pdfs/PVTA_CSA_FinalReportAppendicesJune2014.pdf ...(full comment)

FRTA to act on controversial route changes

At least not with you. ...(full comment)

Zinan/My Turn: Revolution? Unlikely

the Ramblers has been there for as long as I can remember. it is a great club that doesn't mess with the animals and wildlife in the area. they help the community by doing fund raisers and other things. being a past member of the Ramblers and an officer I know what the club is first hand wish I was still there to help with to keep the club where it is and preserve the tradition of the Ramblers. simply put a great group of people with the common love of motorcycles that love to ride and help others . why do the polititians need to jump in and spoil something that helps others??? Long Live The Mohawk Ramblers............ ...(full comment)

Mohawk Ramblers ride to survive