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I don't know if you know about our Coalition to improve public transportation and support additional funding to FRTA. Our meetings are in Turners falls and right off the bus line, shouldn't be to hard for folks to get to. One of the things we would like to see is Saturday Bus's. Please come or a least join our face book Group.Thanks Folks https://www.facebook.com/groups/TransportationJusticeWM/ Transportation Justice for Franklin County Mass ...(full comment)

FRTA bus fares free for Black Friday

I don't know if folks know about our Coalition to improve public transportation and support additional funding to FRTA. Our meetings are in Turners falls and right off the bus line, shouldn't be to hard for folks to get to. One of the things we would like to see is Saturday Bus's. Please come or a least join our face book Group.Thanks Folks https://www.facebook.com/groups/TransportationJusticeWM/ Transportation Justice for Franklin County Mass ...(full comment)

FRTA bus fares free for Black Friday

Every single POTW in this country has to deal with this problem. Virtually all use bar screening or a conveyor-belt 'screen' system to remove solids so junk isn't allowed to get into the plant and damage sensors, pipes, and pumping equipment, often combined with a macerator/shredder. I'm surprised that Deerfield has managed to get away without a bar screen for this long. They should very seriously consider the purchase of a Muffin Monster. It is a relatively new technology and may in fact diminish or eliminate the need for bar screening in lower-flow plants. ...(full comment)

Sticky situation: Wet wipes gumming up Deerfield’s wastewater plant

Hi Jim, are you sure it is “Degradation of decency?” I’m not a history buff nor a waging man, but would safely wager that we are probably at the height of our moral evolution. I’m not implying that we have reached some kind of tipping point on the evolutionary scale – we are still gathering dust hovering just above the gloom, but we are no longer amassing in the town centers to watch a hanging. We live in the world that is governed by hypocrisy – where Obama can promise to fix the Wall Street and nominates Establishment to distribute bailouts at the tax payers’ expense, while completely ignoring the struggling consumers (https://sasoc.wordpress.com/tag/sheila-bair/). Just like he overlooked his promise to reform Immigration and deported more undocumented immigrants than other presidents (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/aug/10/american-principles-action/has-barack-obama-deported-more-people-any-other-pr/) I certainly applaud and support your action in pointing out our barbaric ways. But as long as you lament demise of the spineless and fake Democrats, including our president Obama, you play the same hypocritical game that purges a crutch from our nascent Decency. Decency means being honest with yourself and others. And by the way, Jesus did not practice Christianity; his message was compassion. ...(full comment)

Culleny: Degradation of decency

Lets see . . . gas got exemption from clean air, clean water, and clean drinking water legislation decades ago, then began hydraulic fracturing which uses a mind numbing list of chemicals most of which have severe health consequences VOC's, neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors, poisons, which they don't have to divulge due to their "trade secrets" (trumps public health evidently). The proposed NED is a "supply" line in New York :( that means a "feeder line") and becomes a "market line" when it hits Massachusetts. The gas in the Marcellus shale is reported to be much more radioactive than other shale "plays". Further gas development will also ruin precious drinking water. This will be sold abroad, while all of the costs will be "socialized" (a word they use quite openly). We will NEVER have lower costs: and they have succeeded in silencing any public examination of environmental costs, health risks, or devastation to property and communities. The "limits" Berkshire Gas is complaining about may be a blessing in disguise. They have deliberately and aggressively marketed this to builders in New England, but the long term goal is to sell this for private profit abroad. If there was any concern for U.S. citizens, those exemptions wouldn't be in place, and trade secrets wouldn't trump human health. Does Berkshire Gas care what's being pumped into their "customer's" homes? Or what this will do to this state? Evidently not. ...(full comment)

Gas co.: Current customers covered

My understanding is the town members of the WiredWest Cooperative would decide what to do with the profits and they could make the choice to do as you suggested. ...(full comment)

Risk-averse hilltowns weigh broadband estimates

Wow!!! Go Turners!!! ...(full comment)

Indians on to finals again: Stifle Warriors, 26-2, await today’s FC Tech-McCann winner

Glad to see the great progress being made on the new High School - and that they are offering an "open house"; but it would be especially appreciated if they would or could schedule an open house during the evening so that those of us who have to work during the days can still partake. Seems more than reasonable to me... Sincerely, a Greenfield taxpayer who voted for the project! ...(full comment)

Check out new Greenfield High School on Nov. 15

I would like to see a plan to use any profits to subsidize the service for those who can't afford it. Fiber optic broadband would be a wonderful service that should be available to everyone. ...(full comment)

Risk-averse hilltowns weigh broadband estimates

A project that runs toxins through pristine water and nature areas is a threat to life. Their reasoning is affected by an interest to export gas and use it as a geopolitical weapon in fighting especially Russia. This will only harm our home environment by polluting air, water, and earth. Their environmental impact statement uses twisted logic. My film documentary, "Moss Brook and TGP - No Fracking Way" is posted on youtube and on Greenfield Community Television that offers more resources and perspective on this issue. This damaging new infrastructure project for a fossil makes little sense at all. ...(full comment)

Pipeline co. files draft environmental report

Jeez, if I was carrying 1000 bags of illegal drugs, I wouldn't be DUMB enough to speed and be without a drivers license! Stupidity and crime are a bad combination. ...(full comment)

State police confiscate 1,000 bags of heroin and an infant in Greenfield bust

Wow. No one opposed this at the hearing? Everyone is on board and all the ducks are in a row? A National Register class heritage structure of great aesthetic value to be replaced by a "bike-ped" bridge? ( This for some reason of reminds me of the "unsafe" Bellows Falls Bridge that was demolished and still missed by the residents of both Bellows Falls, Vt. and North Walpole, NH. ) ...(full comment)

State outlines vision for Schell Bridge replacement

Well you sure fell for their con hook, line, and sinker. And what about the future crisis when the gas runs out, or is selling on the global market for unaffordable prices? Over-reliance on one type of fuel is foolish, just as investing all your money in one type of stock is. This pipeline isn't about saving us locals any money, it is about giant corporations trying to access the global market to sell our country's natural gas to China and India. Think critically! ...(full comment)

New lobbying group to run ads for gas pipeline