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Well written and inspiring as always....thanks for sharing this and for doing so much for the town. ...(full comment)

McDougall/My Turn: A garden and its people

There's a far bigger difference between dollar coins and paper dollars than those discussed in this article; and a far dirtier story line, of underhand anti-coin activism at the Federal Reserve. Why do you think the 1979 Susan B. Anthony dollar was so similar to a quarter that its production soon had to be halted? Ex-Mint chairman Philip Diehl’s testimony as to the Fed creating “barriers” to distribution is at http://financialservices.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hhrg-112-ba19-wstate-pdiehl-20121129.pdf. Whenever the Treasury mints a $1 coin, it gains $1 minus the production cost--just as the Federal Reserve now garnishes $1 in assets for every $1 bill it issues, minus the printing cost. The transfer of these face-value profits in issuing all $1 denominations, from the Federal Reserve to the Treasury, will result in gains VASTLY in excess of those reported by the GAO, which are taken as true by the proponents of S. 1105. In other words, the case for the change to a $1 coin is FAR stronger than that which is being made by the bill's sponsors and advocates. In particular, there will be prompt multi-billion dollar gains, rather than the predicted start-up losses. The difference is the subject of a lawsuit seeking findings of misrepresentation against the Treasury and GAO, now pending in the Ninth Circuit. See the articles "How The One Dollar Coin Can Cure The Economy" at http://www.opednews.com/articles/How-The-One-Dollar-Coin-Ca-by-Clifford-Johnson-130515-443.html. ...(full comment)

Blagg: Shortchanging dollar coin

Just an FYI, Greenfield High School advertised this event and 15 students attended the event via the Green Room afterschool program which supplied a wonderful dinner and provided transportation to the movie. There were also 8 staff members at the movie. SO if you feel it necessary to shame local schools in a public forum, at least you should make an attempt to contact the schools and specifically identify their involvement. Oh, and one other thing, maybe the people that planned the event ,should make it more school friendly. After school, youth are involved with sports, jobs and they may have family obligations. Show the movie at the schools, so a plan can be in place to counsel youth if they are emotionally and personally affected after the movie. ...(full comment)

"The Hungry Heart"

Wonder if this is related to the proposed gas transmission lines? ...(full comment)

Cox/My Turn: More questions than answers

750$million ...(full comment)

Is NE energy ruled by ‘backroom deal’?

Anyone noticing how this pipeline is slated to go nearly to the gas "import" terminals in Gloucester and Everett, MA? Articles in Gloucester news reports detail that "investors" are subsidizing these assets at a loss. MA taxpayers funded $750 for this. Our then governor was Mitt Romney when it was nearing completion. We have an upcoming candidate in Massachusetts whose prior work was with Goldman Sachs. Are we about to become the holding and shipping route for the Marcellus and Utica shales ? If so you'd better look carefully at the chemicals involved in hydraulic fracturing, aka "fracking", because this could form the subterannean network underlying Massachusetts while our nation's resources are drained off by investors. The .01% have taken enough from our nation, and are completely exempt from the Clean drinking water act. Senator Markey says New England would have the gas it needs if existing pipelines were fixed. He reports "lost gas" to the tune of at least a billion dollars worth. ...(full comment)

Is NE energy ruled by ‘backroom deal’?

I believe these pipeline companies and gas companies are exempt from the Clean Drinking Water act as of 2005. ...(full comment)

Eiseman/My Turn: Stop this pipeline

This high volume, high pressure gas pipeline is quite different from neighborhood pipelines most of us are accustomed to. One feature that is concerning is that requirements for construction and safety are different in rural areas, and are determined by population density. High Consequence areas are places where there are many people. Low consequence areas are where there are few people. It doesn't seem to matter when these pipelines run along all of the aquifers and drinking water sources for much of Massachusetts. If I remember correctly, gas entities and their pipelines are exempt from the Safe Drinking Water act that protects water potability. And we have no idea what chemicals will be transported through these areas. We need to know more about these concerns. ...(full comment)

Eiseman/My Turn: Stop this pipeline

These high volume, high pressure transmission lines appear to be quite different from neighborhood gas lines. And because these are rural communities where these transmission lines will be located, there will be less stringent requirements for pipeline safety than in "high consequence areas" (e.g. more populated areas). We are evidently considered a "low consequence area", even though most of the drinking water in our state comes from the regions where these industrial gas lines plan to be located. ...(full comment)

Eiseman/My Turn: Stop this pipeline

NO Comment! ...(full comment)

Greenfield surgeon named local clinician of the year

A nicely written article without facts. Nor has anyone from the solar community given an answer for the destruction of solar panels when they no longer work. I think they hope to have an answer by that time. The insides of the panels are hazardous to the environment ...(full comment)

Eiseman/My Turn: Stop this pipeline

Paul- another excellent wildlife photo! great going. Wonder if its the same bird you shot back in January?! And of course, kudos to Tom Ricardi! ...(full comment)

Flying free

they should think of bikes(dirt bikes, I think) on the ski slopes . ...(full comment)

Editorial: A new lease on life for Charlemont