Pipeline explosions usually occur when somebody is doing excavating where they clearly shouldn't. Train and truck transportation are by far, the most dangerous route to transport petroleum. By far. But people don't want to be confused with facts. Their minds are made up (by somebody else...). ...(full comment)

Letter: Get educated on pipeline

Please tell me the difference; Every week hundreds of railroad tanker cars pass through Deerfield going north or south carrying liquified petroleum. Yet you live with the danger of a derailment and explosion. I would argue a pipeline would be safer than railroad tanker cars. See derailment Feb 15, 2015 Ontario, CA or Feb 16 in West Virginia and of course we all remember the horrific petroleum derailment in Canada in 2013. ...(full comment)

Letter: Get educated on pipeline

Man can do nothing to change "global warming" or "climate change". All the weather changes that have happened on earth since its creation have happened without any assistance of man. If man does everything that the science people say must be done, the temp will be change one tenth of one degree over the next 40 years. Now that seems well, like a waste. Maybe it would be better to wait until a better solution is figured out. I have yet to see anyone who has made the dire predictions explain why they have to keep changing them. Does that mean they were wrong before or the models were wrong or they really are just guessing what the data means? ...(full comment)

Letter: Let us be the judge

Senate President is afraid Bay State Repeal's initiative petition for a law will end the black market by dropping the price of marijuana to that of the agricultural produce it is WITHOUT providing food for leviathan, licenses for cronies and good jobs at good wages for politicians' friends and family members. I found this on Bay State Repeal's website: Let it grow—the open market solution to marijuana control ...(full comment)

In the Arena: Leaf out of the pot playbook

It is long past time to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans. The level of wealth concentrated in so few hands is both obscene, and a danger to any possibility of Democracy. The recession followed by massive deregulation and trade agreements have sent jobs out of our nation. Hate speech and political division have been surgically and strategically sewn over these past thirty years, and its pretty easy to see who has benefited most from this. We are also much less well informed about policy decisions that are eroding freedom and well being for most Americans. The plan has been to "socialize costs" and "privatize gain". Coarsening public discourse, dismantling education, and gaining media control has insured that we the people fight with each other: while our nation and our children's future are being taken from us . . . It's time to stop blaming the poor. We are now in a position where deep state wealth functions behind the scenes to strip out more and more for itself, and while we've been carved up into various warring social groups, it works very, very well for a few powerful individuals whose moral compass no longer functions. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Food stamps on the chopping block

Clay here again. Yes, it's the Clay Turnbull at New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution in Brattleboro, VT. ...(full comment)

NRC: No immediate need to clean up strontium-90 at Vermont Yankee

AT VY REACTOR-DERIVED RADIONUCLIDES WERE FOUND IN DETECTABLE LEVELS • In excavated soils and sanding salts. This material (at least ten dump truck loads) was yarded in the open in the vicinity of the cooling towers. • In sanding salts gathered from across paved areas of the site. • In cooling tower sediments • Beneath a broken chemistry/sampling drain and beneath the turbine building. • In various hot-spots and outdoor drains during the plant’s earlier years and reported somewhat less in the last 20. • In soil samples from around the tritium pipe excavation in much more recent history. • And all parties agree that we don’t know the origin of the most recent traces of Strontium-90. Delay of decommissioning and site-remediation will provide the opportunity for this material to spread further and sinker deeper into the earth – eventually contaminating the aquifer. Shouldn't the Vermont Yankee plant site be radiologically characterized through a disciplined sampling program before Entergy VY shuts down its lab and dismisses its radiation technicians? I mean, Entergy is talking about walking away for a period potentially exceeding that of VY’s entire operating life. ...(full comment)

NRC: No immediate need to clean up strontium-90 at Vermont Yankee

Your editorial does not state the law or constitution correctly, the judges ruling only applies to one and only one probate judge. That is how the law works. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Alabama showing poor judgment

Climate change happens all the time how many ice ages did the earth go thru? How did man play a part in that? Global warming? How will it effect my life or anyone living now? Probably not much. How many times have climate changing people change their model? How many weather and earthquake prediction models have there been? How successful are they? They climate change models have been changed as they have proven to be wrong. Every prediction for what should have happened over the last 40 years has been wrong. So for me to put my faith in what they say will be the situation 50 years from now is frankly not believable. Past performance equals future expectations. Add to that most people are concerned with now (jobs, economy, etc). The earth will be here long after they are gone. People will have to be like cockroaches and sharks and learn how to adapt to the environment. I am sure science can lead the way (gene mutation is a possibility or even making humans disease proof and organs failure proof). ...(full comment)

Blagg: In defense of science

So happy for you both, Good Luck Alice Cowan ...(full comment)

New, but familiar

Sure would be nice if those who obsess about the "unborn" would care as much about the "born" and work to combat war, torture, poverty, gun violence and the death penalty. ...(full comment)

Letter: Unborn protection

As noted in the press in Vermont, the Strontium 90 found in the Vermont Yankee monitoring (NOT drinking) wells probably came for fallout - still around from atmospheric weapons testing. Radioactivity is a natural part of the environment too. We eat it for breakfast in bananas! Decades and millions have been spent in learning the safe amounts of every type of radiation, every way we get it. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Lot use headed in right direction

I am happy that these folks have found something that has made them happy and wish them Happy Valentine's Day. However, when Ms. Britton says that she doesn't feel comfortable walking down Main Street holding hands, I would just say that's more her perception than Greenfield's reality. This is a very open and accepting community and it is unfair to paint the community as even mildly "homophobic." And at the end of the day, it's up to each person this couple meets to decide if they accept them. The people they know and meet also have the right to decide whether to approve or disapprove. There's nothing wrong with those who do not approve of gay marriage. Holding more traditional views does not make someone "homophobic" (not a journalistic term, either). It's part of living in a diverse community where people disagree without being disagreeable. Speaking of bias... One of the lowest moments for this area was when certain residents publicly convened a committee to make a Christian college feel unwelcome about starting a campus in Northfield. They literally organized to keep an institution out because of its creed. I did not see much condemnation of that bigotry. Intolerance can come from a lot of angles and those who are even slightly outside the predominant liberalism of the area sometimes also feel uncomfortable "being who they are." I can sympathize with this couple, as I know that I don't feel comfortable walking down Main Street, period. Even during daylight hours, the cast of questionable characters hanging out on the sidewalks seem to grow every year. That's a big problem that I'm certain Greenfield actually has. ...(full comment)

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