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Also: "However, the land required for solar and turbines to meet our needs would swallow our local farms and destroy the landscape we depend upon for tourism." Sooo, the answer is to build a pipeline that will swallow our local farms and destroy the landscape, and also be obsolete in 10-15 years and be much more poisonous and polluting than turbines or solar panels? Mr. Mass needs a course in critical thinking. ...(full comment)

Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

Jobs?? Ha! Yeah, for maybe a few months, and only if a few Greenfield residents happen to be in the local pipefitters union - I hear in PA these union members would often be from 2 hours away as they worked through various locations, they weren't local. And let's not forget the jobs that go away when half of Clarkdale's crop is destroyed so an ex-Enron billionaire can make a few more million before he heads to Hades. These are short-term jobs - show me an area where the economy has blossomed due to a natural gas pipeline and maybe I'll believe you, but this is all about exports (why else would they be building so over-capacity?) - Greenfield and Massachusetts are barely going to benefit, but we will be paying for both the construction and the inevitable clean-up costs while Kinder Morgan reaps all the foreign profits. Gee what a great deal! We are new to town but very much looking forward to next town council election to vote Mr. Mass out of office; his ideology blinds him to common sense and long-term thinking. He's not right for Greenfield, or the 21st century. I can't believe that any politician falls for this stuff these days with 150 years of fossil fuel slash-and-burn-business history to refer to; it's not that hard to figure out their business model is based on exploitation. Just look at Louisiana - oh how that state has just blossomed these past decades with all their pipelines... ...(full comment)

Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

Here's a few more facts to chew on: Gas investments deliberately lobbied to insure that repairs to leaking pipelines that bilk ratepayers of of 1.5 BILLION dollars in gas every year, won't have to be fixed for twenty years. Gas investments gouged the area for prices on the spot market. Gas investments purchased Brayton Point and took it off line five weeks later. Gas investments purchased Northeast Utilities, so now Nstar provides all "information" about energy needs: they posted profits all during the merger, by the way. Gas investments reported that "companies were forced to close" during winter, when in fact a subsequently illegal program prearranged this as an incentive: this was the subject of litigation, but was mischaracterized in the news. Sorry folks, but business owners and well-meaning, but really uninformed individuals in our state, are really being duped big time, and the future for our state in all of this is quite grim. ...(full comment)

Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

If we experience rolling blackouts, it will be because of market manipulations: these blackouts occurred in California during the Enron era of market manipulations, and what is going on in this region is yet another example. We need reforms to the market, not a giant pipeline infrastructure shipping grid for shipment overseas. We are being played. Yes, we need to take steps to address energy policy: the largest growth sector for manufacturing in Massachusetts has been solar: we have corporations here in MA that could do the job, and many communities in our region are ready and willing to participate- especially if it will help our state and region. ...(full comment)

Collins: Andrews’ stance baffles supporters

“Studies have shown that by adding this type of capacity, not only does the price come down, but the volatility comes down.” As another comment so aptly points out, the volatility assessment is based on a self-interest perspective that would do much more harm than good to our environment. Plus, it comes with a price-tag that would add more financial burdens on rate payers. ...(full comment)

Governors rein back support for energy tariff

The volatility is caused by gas investment market manipulations. It has escaped no one's attention that the 20% of gas that Massachusetts already buys doesn't arrive: because pipelines leak. It has also escaped no one's attention that gas investment interests lobbied hard at the statehouse and succeeded in getting a mighty protracted period of decades in which to fix these leaks, that endanger everyone. This is essentially worthless. Don't expect any of that to happen soon. Any break in gas volatility will be short lived. 4-5, and some say, six BILLION dollars on electricity ratepayers backs, on top of the burden of the 22Billion we are still paying on "The Big Dig". This is merely another wealth transfer from Massachusetts' families and small businesses to the obscenely wealthy .01%. This gas is headed to export, and the "volatility" and "crisis" are fueled by gas investment interests, and "surprise" can only by remedied by a giant, overbuilt pipeline? This is a case where "p--ing on our collective leg and telling us it's raining" seems an apt analogy. Kinder Morgan is an investment company, whose primary concern is shareholder dividends, and they will make money whether this benefits our state or not. Looking at what occurs, it is clearly gas investment market manipulations that are the problem: a very deliberate problem. "Studies"? no. hyperbole. We subsidize the gas investment industry to the tune of 41 Billion dollars a year: they have tax deferments that stretch indefinitely, and are massively exempt from federal law or much genuine oversight whatsoever. We have paid this massive subsidy for years, just like all other Americans, and in return, gas investment interests have gouged this region. Now they want a path to take gas that we have subsidized to sell abroad for private profit. A League of women voter's study found that with exports, recoverable unconventional gas could be exhausted within seven years. This doesn't sound like much of an investment for us. ...(full comment)

Governors rein back support for energy tariff

That's "mandatory" sentencing- pardon- in the first sentence. ...(full comment)

Andrews a lone vote against tougher heroin sentences

Denise Andrews has a broader perspective. Our jails are already overwhelmed and minimum sentencing insures that they will be further overwhelmed. There is also a difference between using and trafficking. Meanwhile cuts to nearly every recovery program in the state have left few facilities available to treat these problems. Jail is not a solution for addiction. ...(full comment)

Andrews a lone vote against tougher heroin sentences

I'm glad to read about these new business expansions and I think that helping with tax breaks is a realistic move to entice them to stay, but if only done very carefully. Are there any requirements tied to these tax breaks - that is, what happens if the jobs don't actually materialize? If they don't, do the businesses just get to pocket the savings? Shouldn't also the jobs need to be at a certain pay scale, so that tax breaks aren't worth more than what they are paying out in labor for the new jobs? It's also worthwhile to consider if a business actually needs the the tax break - often they are so invested in a location it would be hard for them to move anyway, so the tax break isn't really needed. These are just general thoughts, not specific to this business in particular. ...(full comment)

Mayor wants to ease taxes on Argotec ahead of expansion

I wonder if Mr. Bongiovanni knows who wrote that on Lady Liberty? Maybe we should bring 600 or so to Greenfield. How would that affect our schools and the health care of others. Not to mention safety. He could also open his doors to a couple of children and help them acclimate to America. If you think the United States can afford to take in everybody how about the Christians being killed in Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Bongiovanni can even go into debt to take care of some of the unfortunate. If you are so free with taxpayers money, you should be just as free with yours ...(full comment)

Letter: Read 'em & weep

look at Reno, Nevada. See how many casinos have closed there. Nevada does not have a state income tax, the money from casinos are the reason for that. Every time a casino opens in California it takes away from the casinos in Nevada. Most of the Indian casinos are managed by the casinos in Nevada. So the casinos are not hurting as much as the state. However the casinos in California are not all doing very well. When government dabbles in business there are unintended results The idea of a train running up through Springfield, Greenfield to Canada seems to be another boondoggle. Amtrak dose not make money, it costs money. As with health care and energy the government has shown it does and is not competent to do business. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Casino catastrophe

To EDITOR: The previous comment not yet approved by Peter Pan...please verify if copy is printable through Michael Cruise, MCruise@PeterPanBus.com Thank you. Peter Pan Driver ...(full comment)

Letter: To Peter Pan Bus Lines

First, in response to this letter writer, let me say that we offer our condolences in this difficult time. We certainly like to hear from our passengers on any improvements we can make in our transportation services. We, like the writer, have families that travel, and do not know the terrain, and need tender loving care when transferring from airport to bus and so on. I, as a bus driver, try to help the public whenever I can, and I assure you the vast majority of the Peter Pan team does likewise. Having said that, I must point out to the letter writer and reader that the only bus that leaves Logan International Airport and ends up in a "subterranean level beneath South Station" is the MBTA Silver Line, Not a Peter Pan motorcoach (bus). The Silver Line is an articulated transit bus that travels on streets but goes beneath the South Station train station in a tunnel station. It is also a free fare when travelling from Logan to South Station according to what I have heard. In addition, it has a rather convenient ADA wheelchair lift as compared to the ADA wheelchair lifts that we use on a Peter Pan Bus. On the other hand, Peter Pan Bus Lines offers motorcoach service between Logan Airport and South Station, where the traveler can change to another Peter Pan bus to Springfield. The schedule times are available at www.peterpanbus.com or by calling (800) 343-9999 during regular business hours. Please note, all Peter Pan busses have a wheelchair lift, although many of our customers with wheelchairs choose to call ahead 48 hours (this is optional) to assure a more seamless transportation experience. (It helps our operations personnel.) The Peter Pan bus picks up at the outer lane in front of all Logan terminals, however, the schedule is not as frequent as the Silver Line. If the letter writer had chosen the Peter Pan bus from Logan to South Station Bus Terminal, the bus driver would likely have called ahead to personnel at the terminal for assistance if a transfer was needed to the Springfield bus. All readers of this letter should be aware that South Station bus terminal is in the vicinity, but not directly on top of the South Station Train station/Subway/Silver Line station. It is approximately a block away, and on the 3rd floor. There are elevators and walkways connecting the two facilities, but, certainly if you are travelling with luggage, children, and so on, you should allow at least 20 minutes to make your way from one building to the other. The final point about the wrong (800) information number ( this is a phone number for a different bus company, Greyhound, which is headquartered in Dallas,Tx ) on the ticket "jacket" is warranted, and should be looked into. The letter writer does not say where the ticket/ticket jacket was purchased. In closing, I say the letter writer should again contact Peter Pan customer service again as no letter we receive should be left unanswered. Thank you for your input. ...(full comment)

Letter: To Peter Pan Bus Lines