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Really, benches to help smokers keep smoking, so that those of us, who have either stopped, or never did smoke can get second hand smoke anyway, anywhere? There are towns that a banning smoking inside and outside, in all public places. I applaud them all. The Weldon is a non-smoking building. Thank Goodness. ...(full comment)

Letter: Smoking boundaries

My father was one of the 5 that survived ...(full comment)

Selectmen look for help to stem French King Bridge suicides

If I was the Israeli's, I would take over Gaza and the Golan Hts. until Hamas removes killing all Jews out of its charter. That is the only way of getting them to stop using children as armour. Plowshare Cathy seems to think Israel is at fault. Does she think the Christians in Iraq who lived there before any Muslim is at fault for living there and must either die or become a Muslim. The persecution of the Jewish state and the Jews by Muslims is a direct result of the alignment of Nazis with the Muslin brotherhood in the 30's and 40's. ...(full comment)

Blagg: Middle East missiles

and the only reason the police chief couldn't comment on the condition of us was because he didn't do a patient check on us he just showed up and went to the car. Didn't even show concern and claims I was speeding when no one was around and I wasn't. The speed limit on that stretch is 40mph and I was going a few mph's less than that. ...(full comment)

Leyden rollover sends woman, child to hospital

I was the driver of this accident. We are ok, just a few bumps and bruises (mainly me) we are just shaken up. My steering wheel locked up which caused me to swerve and hit the tree then rollover and end up on the roof. Didn't get a chance to use my brakes. It did look worse than it was. ...(full comment)

Leyden rollover sends woman, child to hospital

The amount of money being borrowed is unusually large because the school district had to severely curtail computer upgrades and replacements over the past several years due to insufficient funding of the operating budget. This major upgrade is unavoidable because the obsolescence of Windows XP. To run the newer operating system, a large portion of the hardware needs to be replaced all at once. This is not something that happens on an annual basis. When procuring computer equipment for public education, it’s essential to purchase machines that will last for several years, so that they will make it through the normal replacement cycle. One cannot simply purchase home computers or used computers. While those solutions offer the illusion of cost-efficiency, they are actually more expensive. One ends up paying more in repairs and upgrades, and the replacement cycle is shortened due to the necessity of having to replace machines more frequently to meet increased application and/or networking requirements. Therefore the annual cost of ownership increases under those solutions. The adage "you get what you pay for" is very applicable in this case. Local town officials need to take responsibility for their role in this situation. While the urgency of the upgrade was unquestionably precipitated by Microsofts' business decisions, the magnitude of this project is clearly the result of inadequate funding on the part of the towns over the past several years. That town officials continue to debate and delay this project, even at this late date, reflects poorly on them. ...(full comment)

Pioneer to begin $400,000 computer replacement

Oh the faith of a child. Jesus said let the children come to me and do not hinder them for such is the kingdom of heaven. if we could all have just a small amount of the faith as CHrisito and his family, how much more content we would be. Bless you Chrisito and your family. and God Bless our wonderful Pope ...(full comment)

Ailing boy uses wish to visit pope

Our Governor and our State Senators are cordially invited to walk with Massachusetts residents, and take a good hard look at what could be permanently destroyed with this proposed pipeline. On the way, they would have a chance to meet the people, their children, their neighbors, and the unparalleled pristine beauty of the woodland and fields and waters they seek to destroy with this unnecessary, for-private-profit, environmental abomination. Mayor Martin is also invited: to meet the people who bring so much commerce to his city. Perhaps he could trouble himself to listen to the informed perspective of folks who travel to Greenfield businesses with their commerce. ...(full comment)

Pipeline protest walk begins Monday

The question is, who among our august Senators, will really stand with the citizens of our state: and who defer accountability to "there's really nothing we can do". The needs of the Northeast are .5bcf. The proposed pipelines TMG and Algongquin are so far over this that it should be obvious to anyone with half a brain that the billions of cubic feet over that amount are intended for export in KM's fleet of tankers, which is a gross abuse of eminent domain. The pipeline along the top of Massachusetts, along with the pipeline in southern MA will insure that Massachusetts becomes the shipping and storage grid for the Marcellus. These pipelines run along the top and bottom of Massachusetts with laterals planned or partially in place. Cui bono? This is going to be paid for by electricity customers to the tune of 2.5 billion dollars: recent estimates place this higher: more like 4 billion. And that figure doesn't begin to account for the environmental destruction. Forget a "superfund": by that time there will be no fund: damage permanent and unremitting. The company says "our senators have been fully briefed". None of our senators dispute this, and "they don't have a position" despite countless letters from local people. Who do they represent? We're beginning to get the picture. ...(full comment)

Letter: Losing ground

Mayor Martin is clearly uninformed. This gas is likely to be taken directly from the Marcellus Shale. He could do his community a favor and read a report by Marvin Resnikoff, Phd. on the very high radioactive content of Marcellus gas, and the dangers this poses to cities close to these shale beds. He might also want to do some due dilligence in understanding how unconventional gas is different from the "natural gas" of the past. Wonderful fantasy . . .that manufacturers will flock to Greenfield . . . . meanwhile, folks who live in surrounding towns, who shop and conduct business in Greenfield, will be economically devastated, and this area will likely become a less desireable place to live, surrounded by declining home values. ...(full comment)

In the Arena: Not all say ‘nay’ to pipeline

While I share your frustration with the continuing deteriorating situation in the Middle East, please recall that the US withdraw from Iraq was the result of the Status of Forces Agreement signed by the Bush administration. Obama became president after that agreement was signed. The current sectarian stiff we are witnessing is rooted in centuries old tribal and ethnic differences. There's very little the US can do to change that. In my opinion, it was the Bush administration's ill advised invasion that created the current hornet's nest. ...(full comment)

Letter: Foreign policy failure

I would like to see elephants protected. I would like to see severe penalties for harming them in any way. African Elephants have been living and dying for at least 3.5 million years. Left unmolested, they live about 70 years on average. Habitat loss is the single biggest threat to their continued existence. Elephant ivory is being smashed and incinerated all over the world these days. Some genius decided that that would dissuade poachers from killing elephants. Why wouldn't the recovered, poached ivory be sold at auction and the proceeds be used to pay people to protect the living elephants? When ivory and objects which have been artfully carved from ivory, or inlaid with ivory are burned or smashed, the Elephants which grew them are not restored to life. No one is protected by that additional destruction. The effect is simply the diminution of the supply of ivory which is not attached to living elephants. I am willing to entertain the idea that this policy is based on good intentions, but It seems clear to me that it is, in fact, counter-productive. I suspect that there are those behind the current campaign to destroy the stockpiles who may have ulterior motives. If it was designed to lead to the extinction of elephants in the wild, it seems likely to succeed. ...(full comment)

Blagg: Ivory ban enforcement hits sour note

The hearing on the MIAA bill will be held on Thursday, July 10th at 10:00 am in Room A-2 at the State House. ...(full comment)

In the Arena: Playing hardball with the MIAA