Talkback

Why bother to replace an authentic heritage structure with a replica? A cipher? This is New England and we're supposed to value our heritage more than other parts of the nation. But if it doesn't date to the Revolutionary War, all bets are off apparently. Like the destruction of the Jack Kerouac ( Textile Memorial ) Bridge in Lowell last year and the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Bridge ( a rare lost National Trust for Historic Preservation listee ) in Portsmouth, NH Better no bridge than a replica. A replica only serve to remind future generations of our poor stewardship of our culture's resources. ---SWL ...(full comment)

Schell Bridge replacement gets one step closer

not easy to read your code letters ...(full comment)

JM Farm’s Patient Group questions state DPH selection process

Good Point! Mr. Mass also feels that big box stores will help the local economy: right, close local businesses and buy from China while contributing to an entity that pays nearly nothing in taxes, and whose employees are paid so poorly that we subsidize their healthcare and food stamps. Way to go Mr. Mass . . . about as much of a poorly infomred fossil as could be imagined. God, look at Holyoke . . . they are attracting clean energy businesses and redeveloping their city with creative use of green energy. that's the kind of thinking we should be seeing from leadership in Greenfield. ...(full comment)

Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

Finally, we found a man here in the United States who understands that the hydrogen reactor "Symphony 7A" is an existing device, which works in contrary to many laws of physics and produces 208,000 liters per hour of pure hydrogen. If someone has any doubts, please invite any reputable company to conduct your own tests. President of Solar Hydrogen Trends Inc. ...(full comment)

Letter: An energy solution?

As I understand it, the article was minimum sentencing for anyone caught with the drug. Not everyone who uses a drug is selling it, and jail isn't always the best approach to intervention: in fact it guarantees that with a criminal record, efforts at recovery will be severely hampered. ...(full comment)

Collins: Andrews’ stance baffles supporters

Drinking water, clean air, and soil quality are more important than gas. ...(full comment)

Collins: Andrews’ stance baffles supporters

If we experience rolling blackouts, it will be because of market manipulations: these blackouts occurred in California during the Enron era of market manipulations, and what is going on in this region is yet another example. We need reforms to the market, not a giant pipeline infrastructure shipping grid for shipment overseas. We are being played. Yes, we need to take steps to address energy policy: the largest growth sector for manufacturing in Massachusetts has been solar: we have corporations here in MA that could do the job, and many communities in our region are ready and willing to participate- especially if it will help our state and region. ...(full comment)

Collins: Andrews’ stance baffles supporters

“Studies have shown that by adding this type of capacity, not only does the price come down, but the volatility comes down.” As another comment so aptly points out, the volatility assessment is based on a self-interest perspective that would do much more harm than good to our environment. Plus, it comes with a price-tag that would add more financial burdens on rate payers. ...(full comment)

Governors rein back support for energy tariff

The volatility is caused by gas investment market manipulations. It has escaped no one's attention that the 20% of gas that Massachusetts already buys doesn't arrive: because pipelines leak. It has also escaped no one's attention that gas investment interests lobbied hard at the statehouse and succeeded in getting a mighty protracted period of decades in which to fix these leaks, that endanger everyone. This is essentially worthless. Don't expect any of that to happen soon. Any break in gas volatility will be short lived. 4-5, and some say, six BILLION dollars on electricity ratepayers backs, on top of the burden of the 22Billion we are still paying on "The Big Dig". This is merely another wealth transfer from Massachusetts' families and small businesses to the obscenely wealthy .01%. This gas is headed to export, and the "volatility" and "crisis" are fueled by gas investment interests, and "surprise" can only by remedied by a giant, overbuilt pipeline? This is a case where "p--ing on our collective leg and telling us it's raining" seems an apt analogy. Kinder Morgan is an investment company, whose primary concern is shareholder dividends, and they will make money whether this benefits our state or not. Looking at what occurs, it is clearly gas investment market manipulations that are the problem: a very deliberate problem. "Studies"? no. hyperbole. We subsidize the gas investment industry to the tune of 41 Billion dollars a year: they have tax deferments that stretch indefinitely, and are massively exempt from federal law or much genuine oversight whatsoever. We have paid this massive subsidy for years, just like all other Americans, and in return, gas investment interests have gouged this region. Now they want a path to take gas that we have subsidized to sell abroad for private profit. A League of women voter's study found that with exports, recoverable unconventional gas could be exhausted within seven years. This doesn't sound like much of an investment for us. ...(full comment)

Governors rein back support for energy tariff

That's "mandatory" sentencing- pardon- in the first sentence. ...(full comment)

Andrews a lone vote against tougher heroin sentences

Denise Andrews has a broader perspective. Our jails are already overwhelmed and minimum sentencing insures that they will be further overwhelmed. There is also a difference between using and trafficking. Meanwhile cuts to nearly every recovery program in the state have left few facilities available to treat these problems. Jail is not a solution for addiction. ...(full comment)

Andrews a lone vote against tougher heroin sentences

I'm glad to read about these new business expansions and I think that helping with tax breaks is a realistic move to entice them to stay, but if only done very carefully. Are there any requirements tied to these tax breaks - that is, what happens if the jobs don't actually materialize? If they don't, do the businesses just get to pocket the savings? Shouldn't also the jobs need to be at a certain pay scale, so that tax breaks aren't worth more than what they are paying out in labor for the new jobs? It's also worthwhile to consider if a business actually needs the the tax break - often they are so invested in a location it would be hard for them to move anyway, so the tax break isn't really needed. These are just general thoughts, not specific to this business in particular. ...(full comment)

Mayor wants to ease taxes on Argotec ahead of expansion

I wonder if Mr. Bongiovanni knows who wrote that on Lady Liberty? Maybe we should bring 600 or so to Greenfield. How would that affect our schools and the health care of others. Not to mention safety. He could also open his doors to a couple of children and help them acclimate to America. If you think the United States can afford to take in everybody how about the Christians being killed in Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Bongiovanni can even go into debt to take care of some of the unfortunate. If you are so free with taxpayers money, you should be just as free with yours ...(full comment)

Letter: Read 'em & weep