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Mr. Fiske, I was thinking the same thing !! where is all that extra money going? Why is it going to offset the state's pension fund? Seems the citizens of Ma. should be questioning this.. ...(full comment)

Letter: Consumer relief

Really, benches to help smokers keep smoking, so that those of us, who have either stopped, or never did smoke can get second hand smoke anyway, anywhere? There are towns that a banning smoking inside and outside, in all public places. I applaud them all. The Weldon is a non-smoking building. Thank Goodness. ...(full comment)

Letter: Smoking boundaries

My father was one of the 5 that survived ...(full comment)

Selectmen look for help to stem French King Bridge suicides

The hearing on the MIAA bill will be held on Thursday, July 10th at 10:00 am in Room A-2 at the State House. ...(full comment)

In the Arena: Playing hardball with the MIAA

Having read the documents posted: and I encourage everyone to do so: there is a distressing emphasis on shareholder ROI, and no discussion of the impacts of these decisions on ratepayers, other than as an obstacle to be gotten around. It is extremely concerning that gas investment lawyers are being used to strategize on how to overcome existing policies and standards, and perhaps even laws. With much reassurance from the gas investment entities that "these won't be a problem". Actually, its heartbreaking. "The court of public opinion" they so fear is the rule of law, the role of government and appointed leaders, and the public's expectations of integrity and representation. Apparently, this is an inconvenient hurdle to massive profits and citizen concerns, ratepayer concerns, are just something to be gotten around. This is a betrayal of the whole notion of "for the people" and its clear that "the peasantry" is viewed as inconvenient to the plans of state government collusion with private investor interests. These documents make it clear that our state leadership view citizens, laws, and protections as "inconvenient ...(full comment)

Watchdog: States too cozy with gas companies

Dr. den Ouden has shown a bright light on our foreign policy blind spot. Democracy requires a long and difficult maturation process; it cannot be surgically implanted like a new heart into an unconscious patient. Sadly, the majority of the people of Iraq aren't ready. Given that we continue to make the same mistake, perhaps we should wonder who benefits from these disasters. ...(full comment)

den Ouden/My Turn: Iraq’s people must choose

"What greater good is there than the preservation of our natural resources"- Jane Shaney Well said! ...(full comment)

Ashfield joins gas pipeline opposition

Dear Joe, PTSD can be thought of as a normal human response to abnormal and tragic human experiences. You served your country, and part of that was being put in the position of witnessing violence, tragedy, and the suffering of human beings, while fearing for your own and your friends safety. Bless you for all you did on behalf of your nation, and the profound losses that attend such service. Safe travels, and loving wishes for healing and well-being. Hope you have a wonderful journey, and feel contained and supported in the land that you have served. May the beauty of the trail, and the simplicity of the journey restore your soul and nurture you. And thanks to your family too. ...(full comment)

Halfway to home

el articulo de Alice Pemberton ...(full comment)

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'She's really got it!'

Monday evening: 7 p.m. Ashfield Town Hall, 6/23 ...(full comment)

Pipeline ban, community rights on Ashfield town meeting agenda

Thanks, please add colon to web address : https://www.facebook.com/TJusticeFC ...(full comment)

Letter: Do a proper analysis

Does it say what day that is? ...(full comment)

Pipeline ban, community rights on Ashfield town meeting agenda

Nice article! About the cracks on "Sitting Rock," I think they are cooling fractures. If so, they formed the same way mudcracks form, as the basaltic lava cooled it contracted, forming shrinkage cracks. This process also creates the columnar jointing seen in the basalt all along the Mount Tom Range. ...(full comment)

On the trail: Shell, stone