Talkback

You left out that the GOP hopefuls keep making statements that make them sound like lunatics. Maybe that's intentional to satisfy the fear and ignorance of the conservative base. ...(full comment)

Zinan/My Turn: A crowded Republican presidential field

Hope you win the van!! ...(full comment)

Turners Falls 11-year-old needs your online votes

As a former resident on Northborough, (as well as Northfield) I have had the pleasure of meeting Jim McGovern. We had left the area before he was elected but we have kept in touch and followed his progress. I second the praises for him. When in Northfield I was a Startup Engineer at Vermont Yankee. The writer has fallen for the anti nuclear hype and bait. The plant operated for 42 years and several years of used fuel is already in Dry Casks. There is then less than 40 years of fuel in the pool. Balanced precariously? Blather! Designed to resist earthquakes and proven! The Fukushima plants are GE MK-I also and the pools there withstood the great earthquake with no damage, even though the Unit 4 building tilted a little and the whole coastline sank half a foot or so. Entergy only wants to save Decommissioning fund money because the hazard is so much less now, and decreases minute by minute due to radioactive decay. They will notify the public if needed, but with a much smaller hazard instant notification is not needed, nor is evacuation. ...(full comment)

Kelly/My Turn: These lawmakers serve us well

loving this. ...(full comment)

Friends of Juanita Nelson set May 30 New Orleans-style processional

Does the NRC care about the citizens of the 20 mile buffer zone or the environment the government keeps blaming us for polluting. I think not only Entergy should keep the warning systems in place, I think the site should be monitored by a independent body elected by Vernon, Vt. where the plant is located. I want the soil tested, the river tested, even down river. This year was the first year the Connecticut River froze over. I want the fish that swim in the water tested along with the water fowl. No way are we going to allow the NRC dictate to us to have a nuclear wasteland in New England. I think Entergy should put up all its plants for collateral that they won't cause a environmental danger to the American People. NRC! Safety comes before profits! ...(full comment)

Body found in Conn. River was man from Springfield

This NRC finding was expected. They believe in the science and facts. The fact is that the amount of radioactive material that could escape from a reactor decreases continuously once the chain reaction stops-the reactor shuts down. In operation the amount is steady . The amount of material that could escape sets the boundaries of the Emergency plan. When that amount decreases the Emergency plan can change. This is true for any Emergency Plan. There is a plan for railroad accidents. When the material the railroad carries changes, the plan can change. ...(full comment)

NRC: ‘No significant impact’ to environment from eliminating Vt. Yankee evacuation zone

This journalist has been misinformed. The Montague group against the pipeline has been meeting since last spring, though not very active through the winter months. ...(full comment)

Group forms against pipeline

There is no need for this atrocity of a pipeline. Berkshire Gas, now owned by Iberdrola, with Spanish, and possibly OPEC interests, has ZERO concern for anyone living in this area. Ms. Zink and her ilk are only interested in syphoning off U.S. assets for massive private wealth and one can only imagine the "benefits" of helping Kinder Morgan gin up a case to fill its tankers with gas, heavily subsidized by us taxpayers to the tune of billions. U.S. recoverable gas has been downgraded 80% from investor hyperbole. There are already approvals to export over 50% of gas produced in the U.S. We will be competing for gas we already subsidize heavily. This will create a "red queen" scenario where more and more U.S. property: water, public health, land and public funds, are ravaged to service export. This isn't about New England's energy needs: it isn't about "energy independence" any more. Now that these companies have gained critical control and mass, they could give a damn and it was never really about U.S. energy independence: it was about syphoning of U.S. assets for obscene private wealth, while sticking the public with an ever increasing tab and diminishing benefits: there will NEVER be any benefit to this pipeline. ...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas apologizes to Rosenberg for misrepresenting position on pipeline capacity

Why is this not in our paper today? Northampton paper states we voted for the bigger budget and we did not . ...(full comment)

Deerfield backs lower Frontier budget

But no apologies though for inferring that opponents to the pipeline (many of Sen. Rosenburg's constituents) are "eco-terrorists," of course. And it's very interesting how this desperate "critical need" is also being identified in other areas of the country, such as a proposed Spectra pipeline in Georgia (an area with pretty low electricity costs), just as multiple LNG terminals in Florida are applying to FERC for export. Just a coincidence, I'm sure.... ...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas apologizes to Rosenberg for misrepresenting position on pipeline capacity

Just because this women was hit does not mean all pedestrians are space cases. I happen to be a pedestrian. I am cautious at all times. I use crosswalks when cars don't want to stop for you. I have crossed the road on a crosswalk while a driver turns left into the crosswalk almost taking me out. Pedestrians are not the only ones who use their cell phones. I use the crosswalk buzzer every time I go uptown. There is one thing we all can agree is, pedestrians and drivers need to look out for each other. ...(full comment)

Car hits pedestrian

WHAT IS WRONG WITH A LITTLE BLOODY REVOLUTION. WHEN THE GOVERNMENT GETS OUT OF WACK WITH THE POPULATION, THINGS HAPPEN. IT WOULD BE NICE IF YOUR FACTS ON IRAQS CHEMICAL WEAPONS WAS CORRECT OR THE FACTS ABOUT PUPPET GOVERNMENTS AND IRAN. HOWEVER, THE TASTE OF VIOLENT REVOLUTION BY THE (LETS SAY SILENT MAJORITY ) CITIZENS IS AN EYE OPENER. ...(full comment)

Letter: Demonizing Iran

p.s. I have an excellent driving record. Never hit anyone, thank God. I just, very much, worry there could be an accident. If you come across an old woman, driving very slow, I apologize in advance, in the event you are running late or something. Probably me. LOL ...(full comment)

Car hits pedestrian