Dual relationships, a lot of insider shuffle, and the bonanaza of Pieridae's (LNG, Nova Scotia) eighteen + quadrillion dollars over a twenty year period for "fossil fuel and pipeline companies" . . .
Do we have any meaningful government left to protect citizen's safety, property and posterity? The further you go up the food chain it seems the more corruption there is. Oath of office on behalf of citizens?
Hear hear! Though I do agree with the representatives that the review process has proceeded in a ridiculously pathetic manner, what needs to be behind every objection is: we don't want this pipeline, we don't need this pipeline, this pipeline plan contradicts all good energy policy, and using eminent domain to build it is criminal. ...(full comment)
This would be a fantastic move. With the growing drug problem in Greenfield there is no such thing as youth having too many options, outlets and role models. If these needs are being taken care of by other agencies why do our youth constantly complain there is nothing to do in Greenfield? I heard that the dances sponsored by Bryan Smith on the weekends used to bring in hundreds of teens. I am not saying that giving youth increased social outlets will eliminate the drug challenges our community faces. But connecting them to their peers, social activities and mentors is unquestionably a proactive way to move them along a different path. ...(full comment)
Larry was an honorable and decent man. Over lunch last month I got an insight into why he was a staple of the community for so long and how he succeeded in business. Quite simply he cared for people. He had no problem expressing his love for his girlfriend from CT, and telling me how excited he was to start a new chapter of his life. I have talked with many contractors but none so open with his feelings and emotions. He teared up when telling the story of his company. He raved about his employees, some that had stayed for over 25 years and how loyal he felt to his customers And most of all how tremendously proud he was of his sons. Larry truly was a decent man. My heart goes out to his family and his girlfriend. He will be missed. ...(full comment)
It was with great sadness that I read this article, sadness at the attitude and response of the community. Greenfield is my hometown, and my family has been there for generations. Currently we are experiencing an epidemic. A HEROIN epidemic, a word I notice was not even used in the article.
Our kids are literally dying. Families are losing their children, children are losing their parents, this epidemic is destroying our community, and the response to this is 'we don't want lights and snow plows?'
And you are worried about kids seeing someone in recovery smoking? How about worrying about a dead body in the park? I mean seriously, I really wanted to go but was unable to attend this meeting, as a recovery activist, I am entrenched in this war and have lost many friends who battle this addiction on a daily basis.
This treatment facility is EXACTLY what Greenfield needs, and I only wish it were larger and more funds were available. I would, and shall offer to volunteer for this project. Because as citizens and residents of Greenfield and the surrounding areas, we have a responsibility to our community. Number one, to save lives. Number two, to battle this plague as intensely as possible, with any and all means at our disposal. Number three, to focus on prevention and education for our kids.
I would like to see so many of the old tool factories put to use as rehabilitation centers, and even a step further, a place where addicts can be offered an alternative to drugs, job training and counseling, even a tiered paradigm, that starts with detox and works up to counseling and recovery work.
It is the attitude of the uneducated to fear the unknown, a natural response. Unfortunately, it is the persecution of the suffering addict which continues to compound the problem. Experts argue that addiction is a health issue, a sickness, and not a choice, decisions and actions need to be based on this simple fact. This health crisis that is devastating our towns, our people, our children, should be addressed as such. We can't just keep stuffing the prisons with sick people. It is having little to no effect, and the consequences of mass incarceration have led to a whole other set of disasters.
It is not my desire to bash or criticize overwhelmingly here. However, this article seemed to bring out the callous, the selfish, and the unrealistic. Applause for artists? Great. That's the sound I will try to focus on the next funeral I go to. Greenfield needs to start fighting back, and this is a great opportunity. Let it pass us by at our peril.
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A vast number of property owners are perfectly willing to let Kinder Morgan take this to eminent domain. Kudos to them: they are heroes. That may be a way to limit the harm they will be able to cause, because once they have an easement, it appears that they don't live up to agreements with FERC (like mitigation) or make only token efforts, and they also ship CO2 and Bitumen. The world is evidently their toilet, and human beings fungible in their relentless quest for obscene profit. ...(full comment)
So their application is delayed by a month. The smaller pipeline is MORE EXPENSIVE per unit and this will cause a LARGER tariff on electric bills. Minor alterations to existing pipelines that are ALREADY in the ground will address any remaining need because there are already pipelines put in service to flood the region with gas. An example: the Williams transco pipeline went into service in May of 2015 serving the Northeast and will reduce prices. ISO NE shows that power usage for the last twelve months is at lower levels than it has been since June 2002 . . . and with new lightbulb technology gaining market share this will drop further. Kinder Morgan hasn't gotten subscribers for its export pipeline and is using its existing customers to swindle an export line and steal private and conservation land. Recent reports in investment news also indicate that they may be reporting their corporate earnings in MLP fashion after restructuring as a corporation last year, which may be deceptive. ...(full comment)
One should not praise a deal they have not read. Did not all the democrats praise the health care law (before reading it). How perfect was that??!!
This could be the cold war all over again. Or, a quick lesson in the application of tactical nuclear weapons. I think most of the Iranian sites are away from population centers, which would make the use of them more likely then bunker buster bombs. That was the equalizer between the soviets and NATO years ago (tactical nukes). The soviet army outnumbered NATO by a 12-15 to 1 ratio.
With the growing death toll of the opiate crisis, it's understandable why Mass residents would turn to this sort of thing.
However the Section 35 component allowing for involuntary committal is unconstitutional and a perversion of not only justice, but social justice. Not to mention ineffective, expensive and even downright dangerous for some people.
As Americans we are granted the rights to an attorney, due process and fair trial before being sentenced to serve time (technically). There is no actual "trial" in an involuntary commitment hearing. It is family court, where mudslinging and here-say win over actual physical evidence. No drug tests or documentation are required, and in fact the "defendant" (improper term as defendants have rights, a section 35 victim does not) is not granted the time or the legal tools to acquire proof that they are in fact, not a drug addict or not currently using. Hell, they can't even piss in a cup in the jail cell though they may beg to.
They do not get to pass go, do not collect civil liberties and are instead proceed directly to bottom-barrel state-run rehab. Where 1 size fits all and that size is the culty AA Big Book bullshit and if you don't accept that, you must just be in denial.
That's not the only thing Kafka-esque about the whole ordeal. The facilities are staffed with former addicts on power trips and there are bugs climbing the walls. Even the sober people see them!
While the entire way we approach drug addiction should be overhauled, Section 35 providing for an involuntary commitment is not the solution. It's just compounding the problem. ...(full comment)