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Great you all met on the same day as Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. I went to Capitol with other citizen advocates ( who ranged from those in recovery, family member of loss, recovery professionals ) I was the only person representing Franklin County as a family member of loss. I disagree with expanding Suboxone prescribers as I do know it's a drug of diversion, it's already being abused, and the withdrawal rivals Heroin withdrawal. Expand the Vivitrol shot instead much better option can't be abused. Why isn't anyone on that panel mentioning the fact the reason why We are srambling for money is the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act that passed in 2008 is not being implemented or enforced. Insurance co need to fully comply with the 2008 law ...(full comment)

Addiction recovery advocates rally for systemic changes

The DPU seems to believe, like other gas investment entities, that saying something is "open and transparent" is good enough, rather than actually demonstrating that something is "open and transparent". To date the DPU has made a number of unsubstantiated statements and issued policy that seems like a forgone conclusion with little actual public discussion, demonstrated facts, or even any deliberation. ...(full comment)

DPU allows long-term contracts between utilities, pipelines

Here's an example of what an outdoor wood boiler looks like in our residential neighborhood. I don't know about over eager regulators, but try living next to an over eager wood burner. It's enough to make you choke, literally. https://www.youtube.com/user/GoReps ...(full comment)

Editorial: Lighting a fire over wood stoves

Large deals like this will help drive the cost of paint protection film down and better the existing technology. With 3M and Xpel dominating the industry, I see this as a good thing. In the last 5 years nearly every car I have owned has had some sort of clear bra installed and as the industry gets larger hopefully it will find it's way on cars before they leave the factories. Although high end specialty installers like clearbraohio.com or folks like West Cost Customs will be on the forefront of how well these products perform and can recommend the best of the best. ...(full comment)

Georgia co. buys Argotec for $215M

A true public servant and impassioned advocate for this entire region! She is widely respected and serves from a very genuine concern for others that is refreshing in these times! ...(full comment)

Letter: We need Ricketts

Putting a plant in Europe might also be because wages are cheaper. If the Corporate tax rate does not change in the U.S. might the headquarters moving to say Ireland be better for the company? You never know how things will shake out where costs are a concern ...(full comment)

Editorial: Yankee Candles’ overseas plans

Thank you so much for the wonderful winter clothes - including socks and underwear! - for our two children, Sallie and Evelyn (Evie) Flynn. Yes: Every. Dollar. Counts. What a relief we don't need to find a new winter coat for either of them! We were quite flattered when your photographer asked to take Sallie's picture, but what a bonus thrill to find our beautiful daughter on the FRONT PAGE this morning! Thank you so much!! -Melissa and Sean Flynn ...(full comment)

‘Every dollar counts’: Warm the Children campaign ramps up to help 1,000 county kids

Call centers from India? . . . lots of Arkansas License plate, Nevada license plates on survey trucks . . . no local jobs so far. Kinder Morgan is about as greasy and deceitful as they come. Now watch them target political campaigns with distorting comments. Exxon knew about climate change FORTY years ago, agreed with the findings, and did nothing: in fact, has paid heavily for a campaign to deceive the public. Kinder Morgan is part of that and uses back channel money to influence politics and votes in this nation. ...(full comment)

Pipeline survey raises questions

I suggest anyone who is for the gas infrastructure buildout with the accompanying immense compressor stations that will industrialize Northfield and Windsor look into the recent studies health side effects The immediate reactions nose bleeds,asthma , are disturbing but when one reads that the autism rates DOUBLED when pregnant women were exposed in their third trimester everything else pales . The constant venting 24/7 , blowdowns combined with plumes of the toxic emissions that travels hundreds of miles with wind patterns and air inversions EVERYONE is at risk .........not just the target towns. ...(full comment)

Letter: A narrow view

“It could not guarantee taxpayer savings or customer savings....” - If only the DPU held Berkshire and Columbia Gas to the same standards when it comes to the pipeline... ...(full comment)

Editorial: Municipal power plan's denial shocking

Thank you, Mr. Proujansky, for your thoughtful and articulate comments both in The Recorder and at the recent hearing at GCC. I agree with you 100%. ...(full comment)

Proujansky/My Turn: Meeting our energy ‘needs’

Completely untrue. I am a Conway resident who will not be directly affected by the pipeline, except to the extent that we will all be affected by the pipeline. It is true that my opposition to it is not entirely altruistic -- I do not personally want to deal with the traffic during construction, the polluting of "my" air, the inconvenience and sorrow of an accident, the loss of access to clean, beautiful water, healthy local food. I also do not want my friends and neighbors to have to deal with the loss of control over and damage to their own property, nor do I want strangers in other towns to have to deal with that. And the crux of the issue is, there is NO GOOD REASON why they should have to. Did you notice that Berkshire Gas has applied for a rate REDUCTION for this winter? Do you think they are doing that just to be nice? They do it because they cannot justify the high rates, whether there is a pipeline or not. Don't kid yourself that we will not be paying the price for the proposed pipeline; we will pay for them to build it, if not with rate hikes then with fees, and we will pay the price when -- true to their record -- they leave us to deal with the brunt of planned emissions and accidental spills and explosions. ...(full comment)

Letter: A narrow view

Many Massachusetts towns have erected windmills with very positive impact, and thousands of citizens have installed solar panels. Your description does indeed sound ridiculous, because certainly every homeowner with a quarter acre lot is not going to install a giant windmill, but most homeowners can add solar panels with no objections by neighbors and often without any up-front cost. If the state allows this process to continue by not limiting net metering and if state and federal financial incentives continue to be offered, power generation can be a non-issue. But even as it stands, there is no need for this pipeline; it is has been shown time and again that leakage and inefficiency accounts for more than the projected gas demand. Mr. Ussach said it best, "It’s not clean, it’s not cheap, it’s not reliable, it’s not safe and it’s not needed"!! ...(full comment)

Gill residents gather for info meeting on proposed natural gas pipeline