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At a time when many folks in Northern MA were devastated by news of a proposed pipeline, Denise Andrews was engaged immediately, advocating for MA residents, marching with us, willing to listen, and to make the time to be at countless events. Her opponent may be locally supportive, but Denise immediately took action on behalf of the entire district and was present for all events: and she spoke eloquently on behalf of MA citizens at significant events raising awareness. She was interested and encouraged people to share information with her. She didn't deserve the smear campaign before the election. It was impressive to see how interested, attentive, and responsive Ms. Andrews was. If this is a "blowtorch" that's what we should all have from our representatives. ...(full comment)

Andrews, Whipps Lee talk jobs, pipeline, hunting in debate

Maura Healey has a genuine concern for the citizens of Massachusetts: not investment interests or Saudi Arabian legal concerns, and her devotion to the citizens of the commonwealth who work hard and play fair is palpable. This is an amazing candidate: vibrant and with devoted energy for us, and fine legal skills she will bring to the Attorney General's office. Martha Coakley deserves much credit in hiring a stellar and gifted attorney for the A.G.'s office, and taking on cases the public doesn't always hear about. For example, years ago, Charlie Baker shelved the Americans with Disabilities Act in Massachusetts: Martha Coakley brought it forward and saw it through. She has also gone after lending fraud in Massachusetts and defended homeowner's in unfair disputes with unscrupulous mortgage companies. . . the list goes on. Local residents may need to be reminded that Charlie Baker was in charge of "investors" for the Big Dig (initial estimate of 2.5 billion, that mushroomed into a 22 billion dollar morass of corruption and even death for one unfortunate MA citizen. . . which MA will be paying for until 2038 through department of transportation costs. He may be past it, but for those of us who remember, that was a bitter pill to swallow, and this harmed our communities profoundly. Most of us remember that the Big Dig nearly bankrupted Western, MA as funds and austerity programs orchestrated under Baker's leadership syphoned off money from our local communities. His wealthy investor pals likely made out rawtha well. Recently, Mr. Baker has had private fundraisers with Republican Party elites and former governors. He has a nearly limitless bankroll for campaigning: subsidized by the .01% who also back Mitt Romney. His big plan of "reforming" "welfare fraud" has been used these last forty or so years, to syphon money from state programs that benefit everyone, mostly working people, or those who would like to be working but get outsourced. Wealth inequality is tanking our economy, and Charlie is here looking for another investor feeding frenzy. Many people are still suffering from his efforts last time, and without taking responsibility himself, he wants to shame and excoriate the many folks whose lives were adversely affected by his last involvement in government. So please vote for candidates who want to represent MA citizens, not pillage Massachusetts to line their already bulging wallets. We have a great team, and Maura and Martha will serve Massachusetts citizens' real interests. It's time to level the playing field for those of us who have worked hard in our communities. ...(full comment)

Healey hears from opioid task force

This looks like another excellent opportunity for women to step up, run for office, and put the old horses out to pasture. ...(full comment)

Hawley voters end bitter town meeting early

Nice article. We live in an amazing area. ...(full comment)

Rice is growing in Franklin County

How about quarter mile gas explosions? ...(full comment)

Editorial: Join the earthquake drill

Imagine if this was radioactive unconventional gas: a rupture or leak like this would have deadly consequences. And given the lack of concern we've seen for the public; that much gas operating under extreme pressure to meet shipping deadlines in the "maritimes" will result in tragedy: likely many. Kinder Morgan has no concerns about safety. They will use the cheapest possible materials under the most dangerous conditions (in the presence of live voltage) and if there's an accident, well, they will pay the proportional equivalent of a toll on the turnpike even if people die, but only if their lawyers can't drum up a case for error on the part of some hapless local. And clean-up: they call that a "job opportunity" if "citizens can organize". People already living along these transmission lines elsewhere report constantly being forced to evacuate their homes while the "representatives" arrive "whenever", and then they are told "its nothing". ...(full comment)

Propane leak stops traffic on Route 2 for two hours

Likely the result of other changes at the school. ...(full comment)

Letter: Vanishing gift?

the glaciers have increased in size as have artic sea ice. Q"s what happened to the wooly mammoth and the dinos? Weather has followed patterns for years and will continue to do so. Why should billions of dollars be spent or invested for a at best one degree temp change in the next 100 years. The earth will adapt to any changes, it always has. People will also change and adapt. I think man has learned to walk upright over time. I think there are more pressing issues to worry about. ...(full comment)

Letter: Messy march

Does that mean that 80 percent think something else is more important or that climate change is not important at all? ...(full comment)

Kelly and Fraser/My Turn: On the bus for change

I hope that Mr. Kempf (and everyone else, for that matter) truly wants to understand the dire straits that unchecked climate change represents. By this specific question, it's obvious that the writer is poorly served by whomever supplies him with information, but the first step in education is admitting ignorance. Even though his question has little relevance to the issue at hand, I would point him to the retreating glaciers across the globe, as well as Arctic sea ice depletion. He might also note the rise in sea level, which at this point is almost entirely due to thermal expansion. There is also data showing cooling of the upper atmosphere, which is evidence of warming, the same way that on infrared scans of the exterior of houses cooler means more heat retained by the insulation. There is the beginnings of evidence of the temperature in changing gulfstream patterns as well. If he is not fixated on the 'warming' associated with climate change, he might accept ocean acidification as evidence of change, or the steady shift in the ranges of animals and plants dependent on certain climactic conditions. One could, of course go on. To reiterate: the evidence this writer and fellow deniers claim to seek is not only overwhelming but freely available to anyone who dares to listen to something that they might not want to hear. I suggest two sources here: https://www.coursera.org/course/globalwarming http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ ...(full comment)

Letter: Messy march

ENRON ...(full comment)

Meyer/My Turn: Getting our pockets picked

I won't even use the word "Coach", Mr. Wilson. You have no idea regarding Coach McCloud. Coach McCloud is all about football. You don't call out another Coach just because you got your butt kicked again. Mohawk put in their JV team, you on the other hand Mr. Wilson keep in your V team. Your V team could not stop Mohawks JV team, thats your problem. Your job is to stop the other team. You took exception to a 22-yard pass from a back up QB, what about your time out call with 2:00 min. left in the game with the score at 42-12? , What about leaving your first team in for the whole game. As a( non football) coach we tell our players all week to play hard, give it your all. At game time you can not now tell them to ease up, dont play as hard, that is not fair to the players all one can do is put in different players which is what Coach McCloud did. Coach McCloud you played at great game, a fair game, you and your team should be proud. Have a great season, play offs are just around the corner. ...(full comment)

Mohawk wins big, postgame tempers flare

Anyone tell him about the spring flooding? ...(full comment)

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