The Recorder is starting to become my favorite newspaper. I think it is great that the two of you took the time to write this wonderful piece and that the Recorder recognized a good thing and printed it.
I think the Christmas truce is the most remarkable event in human history. It is a shame that so few people know about it. There is at least one children's book about the event, which in some places along the line lasted for several months. The book is by John McCutcheon and is called Christmas in the Trenches. The Book includes a CD with a song telling the story of Christmas eve with a young German singing Stille Nacht and the English troops joining in singing Silent Night. The evening ended with exchanging treats from home and showing each other photographs. My dream is to one day start a foundation with the goal of providing a copy of this book to every library in the country.
By an amazing coincidence, I nearly missed this column. I was too busy Wednesday morning making a CD for a German-American friend which I entitled The Christmas Truce. The CD started with Stille Nacht and then two songs about the truce: the aforementioned Christmas in the Trenches, and Christmas 1914 by Mike Harding. When I gave him the CD, my friend seemed quite surprised and very interested. Although he is in his late 70s, my friend apparently didn't know about the truce and as I explained it, he seemed eager to learn more.
I will make about 20 copies of this column and give or mail one of them to all my friends. I am sorry that I didn't see it until after I mailed out my Christmas cards. I would have included a copy with each card. Thank you Pat and Frances for taking the time and energy to write this article. ...(full comment)
I don't know if you know about our Coalition to improve public transportation and support additional funding to FRTA. Our meetings are in Turners falls and right off the bus line, shouldn't be to hard for folks to get to. One of the things we would like to see is Saturday Bus's. Please come or a least join our face book Group.Thanks Folks https://www.facebook.com/groups/TransportationJusticeWM/ Transportation Justice for Franklin County Mass ...(full comment)
Every single POTW in this country has to deal with this problem. Virtually all use bar screening or a conveyor-belt 'screen' system to remove solids so junk isn't allowed to get into the plant and damage sensors, pipes, and pumping equipment, often combined with a macerator/shredder.
I'm surprised that Deerfield has managed to get away without a bar screen for this long. They should very seriously consider the purchase of a Muffin Monster. It is a relatively new technology and may in fact diminish or eliminate the need for bar screening in lower-flow plants.
Attendees should be educated on both sides of the pipeline issue. They are only going to get the industries very slanted view of the situation. No media? What are they afraid of? They are afraid of being put on the record and having their info intelligently and honestly disputed.
We applaud North Quabbin's Chamber of Commerce for standing with the towns and cities who have voted to oppose this project. It's interesting that the Greenfield Chamber takes the goodwill of outlying communities for granted in ignoring public outrage. A lot of us bring our commerce to Greenfield when it would be just as easy to go to Northampton. ...(full comment)
Right now, they want their pipeline through Massachusetts, to connect with one in Maine all the way to Nova Scotia and Kinder Morgan's waiting fleet of tankers. Unconventional gas is cheap because of the huge subsidies we all pay through our taxes: and massive overproduction. Once exports begin, we will be forced to compete with other nations for our own resources. And the more easily accessed gas will be sold off first: leaving only what is harder to extract and at much higher prices.
Those businesses in our communities who are not multi billionaires had better start recognizing that they are in the crosshairs of the .01%. Here is another severe example of local businesses and communities being forced to subsidize something that will ultimately bring them little to no long term benefit, while syphoning off wealth from local communities.
This is a stupid plan with no benefit to Massachusetts, but huge returns for Kinder Morgan and obscene private wealth.
These are rosy stories from a company selected person, likely with significant means. There are a great many online accounts of folks forced to live near these facilities who paint a detailed picture of hell on earth, routinely evacuated from their homes at any time of the day or night, who live in chronic fear: terror, actually. For many locals along this local proposed route, hospitals are miles away in any direction, there are no evacuation routes, and residents have been shown plans to locate a huge pipeline less than 100 feet from homes and wells, and in the presence of existing sets direct transmission high voltage cables. They and all of their neighbors are well within blast zones. An incident will result in loss of electricity for a huge swath of the state: further complicating any possible rescue efforts. The lack of regard for our lives, our state, or anything remotely human is chilling. And this is being ginned up on the basis of maybe .6 bcf, which may not in fact be needed, so Marcellus gas can be shipped abroad to further enrich obscene wealth. ...(full comment)
If you can live off your SS here, I know your money will go further in TX where your God fearing (which I always feel sorry for those who fear God) have fled to.
And as for Mother Nature doing a "fine job of cleaning up messes made by oil"... too bad BP didn't know that. It could have saved them billions in their attempt to clean up the Gulf and Mississippi Delta in 2010.
I see you love living in the past. How does that work for you in the 21st Century? ...(full comment)