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Many people in the audience had known Masha, but as a relative newcomer, she was news to me. Really an interesting person. I look forward to getting the book. ...(full comment)

At Arms’ Length: The Photography of Masha Arms

Fantastic article. Fun and informative. Thanks so much! ...(full comment)

Zombies penetrate Sunderland maze: A reporter’s narrow escape

I find people who resort to name calling and insults do so because they have nothing intelligent to add to a debate or conversation. ...(full comment)

Letter: Democrat tricks

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Meyer/My Turn: Getting our pockets picked

I won't even use the word "Coach", Mr. Wilson. You have no idea regarding Coach McCloud. Coach McCloud is all about football. You don't call out another Coach just because you got your butt kicked again. Mohawk put in their JV team, you on the other hand Mr. Wilson keep in your V team. Your V team could not stop Mohawks JV team, thats your problem. Your job is to stop the other team. You took exception to a 22-yard pass from a back up QB, what about your time out call with 2:00 min. left in the game with the score at 42-12? , What about leaving your first team in for the whole game. As a( non football) coach we tell our players all week to play hard, give it your all. At game time you can not now tell them to ease up, dont play as hard, that is not fair to the players all one can do is put in different players which is what Coach McCloud did. Coach McCloud you played at great game, a fair game, you and your team should be proud. Have a great season, play offs are just around the corner. ...(full comment)

Mohawk wins big, postgame tempers flare

Anyone tell him about the spring flooding? ...(full comment)

What’s up at the Meadows?

When you are occupying other people's land, blockading their borders, controlling their movements and the movement of imports and exports, demolishing their homes, building settlements on their land, violating international law, violating universal human rights and generally bullying the Palestinian people, you don't get to whine that you are the victim. It really says a lot about the character of many Israel supporters that when Israeli war crimes are exposed that you want to censor the press. ...(full comment)

Letter: What Israel faces

This town needs multiple cell towers, first off with the annual fall festival coming up soon, with little to no cell signal, the tourists tend not to stay. For the person in this article who complained about who will benefit from the cell tower. I have one comment for this person, the world does not revolve around you. Second, receiving a cell service is a necessity in today's society about contacting emergency services, using a GPS or getting directions from a friend. I will experience this lack of cell service when I visit next weekend and that is sad. ...(full comment)

Ashfield cell tower hearing continues to Oct. 29

Life before profits, before pipelines carrying death---not the legacy to leave our children. Sometimes NO is the right word to use, and civil disobedience the only sane alternative. The next generation is counting on our courage and resolve, as is the rapidly warming planet. We are running out of time and luck, and denial is no longer an option. ...(full comment)

FERC OKs fast-track pre-filing for pipeline

Um, buses are more fuel- and carbon-efficient than everyone taking individual cars. And NYC's atmosphere is probably cleaner than other cities with similar populations, since so many people there take mass transit, which is all part of the protesters' message. So unless you are advocating that no one participate in large protests anymore until we have zero-emissions vehicles (which probably won't happen unless people demand it...by, um, protesting...), your insinuation that the participants are hypocrites falls rather flat. ...(full comment)

Letter: A burning question

As I noted in Chris Collin's column, where is the guarantee that if this pipeline comes that we will at least see a 30%-odd reduction in our electric bills after this rate hike? We are paying for its construction, after all. But fat chance any of these energy fat cats will put that in writing. This is just particularly extortive political maneuvering and people shouldn't fall for it. This pipeline is all about export, hence its size, and that's not going to lower anyone's bills here. Stand strong, Western Mass; corporate extortion and gauging of regular people must stop here. ...(full comment)

Editorial: A rate shock for New England

The rate hike is just too conveniently timed, almost ham-handedly so. But this still doesn't square with why the pipeline is planned to be so large, much larger than the capacity needed for increased electricity generation. The only explanation is that the gas is for export, which also means that it isn't going to lower our electric prices, either. And what are we going to do in 20 years when the gas wells run dry? But what I really want to know is, where is the guarantee that once we pay for this pipeline that our electric rates will go back down 37%? Try getting the utilities to agree to that one in writing...otherwise, we're still being hosed and Kinder Morgan is laughing all the way to their tax-free off-shore bank accounts.... ...(full comment)

In the Arena: Coming down the pipeline

I love this quote, "We could ask them to take a vote every year raising the gas tax, but I don’t think anyone in this room thinks that would actually happen." So right away, Ostroff has no confidence in his elected public officials to actually do their jobs? If their job isn't to represent the community, what are they there for? If you're not confident they are going to do what they are being asked, vote them out! Don't make their life easier because they don't want to do the job they were put there to do! ...(full comment)

Should gas tax stay tied to inflation?