Talkback

Beacon field/Poet Seat Tower are the perfect locations for fireworks in the valley. Yes, this year did not disappoint. I have been at the "50 yardline" for years with friends and family and we all were like...."That is what it's supposed to be like"....."yeah"!!!! Too many are concerned about the fireworks not being on the 4th. I get the cost is greater. By having them after the 4th, many have the ability to see more displays in the area. Easthampton?Holyoke the week before and Amherst on the 4th. I say (and I rarely say this) BRAVO Greenfield! Great job Rec Dept. ...(full comment)

‘That was insane’

239 years later, look what we have. Sad. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Reason to celebrate since 1776

Kinder Morgan's behavior has been deceptive, disingenuous and disrespectful on every occasion where they have promised their form letter language, stating "open and transparent". Saying that doesn't make it true: in fact it's an Orwellian propaganda tactic. If their investors could see what we have experienced its a wonder they ever got any business at all. Northfield shouldn't waste time: there are resources that will be far more informative. ...(full comment)

Northfield rejects meeting with Kinder Morgan prior to scoping session

This announcement is a bit early (posted June 18th). The event is taking place on Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th. See the Shelburne Falls Memorial Hall website for more details. ...(full comment)

Talk tonight on silver screens of Shelburne Falls

This newspaper can be so proud of its reporting. What a refreshing difference to downstate newspapers that offer very little in the way of real information. Glad to know there are newspapers that take journalism and reporting seriously. Thank you for your coverage. You are revered for this locally and really represent the concerns of the community. ...(full comment)

Letter: Your pipeline coverage

Thanks, Anita, for a terrific article! It's great to have such a responsive media outlet in town!! ...(full comment)

Silverthorne Theater: Summer run begins with a classic

I have to agree that we need to do better at co-existing with nature. And beavers in particular, since their dams store water, filter toxins, increase invertebrate communities, enhance fish population density and diversity, and feed everything that relies on it. I know it's the right thing to do, but I'd be happy if we started to understand coexistence as important for our own self interest. Heidi Perryman Worth A Dam www.martinezbeavers.org ...(full comment)

Blasiak/My Turn: Live within nature

Thank you to Douglas. Though I could understand the young union worker's frustration at seeing so much evidence weighing in against a potential job providing project (though a look a previous Kinder Morgan pipelines tell us to not count them until contracts - not just agreements - are signed), I couldn't understand what she thought she had heard those of us opposing the project saying. I've been a supporter of unions all my life (and a member of UFCW myself for 7 years). We have at least a few members of LiUNA and some other unions among the anti-pipeline ranks because they see the damage these projects would cause to the communities we all call home. Several others attending Kinder Morgan Open Houses have privately said they wish they were working on solar instead for the sake of their kids' safety. We've been advocating for jobs in existing pipeline repair, energy efficiency and clean energy the entire time we've been opposing the pipeline. We've been going to state hearings and chiming in plans that would expand jobs in those sectors. We want them to be local union laborers! ...(full comment)

Letter: Anti-labor? Not at all

All of us support unions. We are also mindful of the horrible conditions this will create for IBEW workers. We recall last Thanksgiving when crews were working in the cold and dark over several days time fixing downed power lines. This is live voltage: in fact, our town and others along the route have multiple sets of live voltage. When these lines go down this requires extraordinary skill. Now imagine that job in the presence of massive quantities of flamable gas, with no mercaptin to warn of leaks and absolutely no means of detecting a leak in the dark. I felt badly for that young lady. We are not the enemy, nor are we denying her a job. She might feel differently if she were forced to live with her children and loved ones near that much gas in the presence of that much electricity in an incineration zone. Or if the complete value of her home was going to be compromised so the already obscenely wealthy could take life time's work by lying and stealing. ...(full comment)

Letter: Anti-labor? Not at all

In 2004, vehicle miles traveled peaked and, for the first year since World War II, Americans began driving less. By 2011, Americans drove 6% fewer miles per year than they were in 2004. One third of Americans don’t drive at all. https://www.facebook.com/TJusticeFC ...(full comment)

Letter: Use the bus Thursday

He was a moderate, "Gypsy Moth Republican" the kind that have been clubbed to death like baby seals by today's Tea Party and extreme right wing GOPers. ...(full comment)

Former state rep., public servant Walter Kostanski dies at age 91

Yes, yes, and the bottom line here is "the pressure to meet shipping deadlines." All of these dangers and risks are to benefit a corporation that is shipping the gas out of the country. There is no local benefit here, NONE. Only risks. UNACCEPTABLE! ...(full comment)

Northfield officials report on Pa. compressor visit

Sounds like a great idea! ...(full comment)

Editorial: Lost cause becomes creative opportunity