This sounds like a good plan Mr Baker, it is about time someone had the courage to address the homeless issues numerous people in Ma. face. We have many good families out there that are willing to work and have ended up homeless through no fault of their own. I would hope to see your office address the issue of move in costs for people looking to get into an apt., $1200.00 -$1800.00 + is way to much for families earning base rate wages. Single people can not survive in this day and age, they end up in a tent in the woods or are forced to take in room mates that sometimes are more trouble than they are worth. ...(full comment)
Greenfield stores are closing every day. F.Y.E. closed last month. I have three teenagers who have no place but the internet to buy movies, x-box games, clothing and toys online. Every time I do this I would rather spend my money in town. Because Greenfield loses out on the sales tax. Walmart has announced that they will be paying $15 an hour. A store usually brings in about 200 full and part time jobs to greenfield not counting the construction jobs. I bet the 7 abutters originally had no problem with it. One of our citizens actually targets Walmart's for a living. He has books out titled The Case Against Walmart and Slam Dunking Walmart. Forbes magazine called him Walmart's number 1 enemy. Greenfield citizens want and deserve a big box retail store. I hope the courts favor the developer. ...(full comment)
Climate change happens all the time how many ice ages did the earth go thru? How did man play a part in that? Global warming? How will it effect my life or anyone living now? Probably not much.
How many times have climate changing people change their model? How many weather and earthquake prediction models have there been? How successful are they? They climate change models have been changed as they have proven to be wrong. Every prediction for what should have happened over the last 40 years has been wrong. So for me to put my faith in what they say will be the situation 50 years from now is frankly not believable. Past performance equals future expectations.
Add to that most people are concerned with now (jobs, economy, etc). The earth will be here long after they are gone. People will have to be like cockroaches and sharks and learn how to adapt to the environment. I am sure science can lead the way (gene mutation is a possibility or even making humans disease proof and organs failure proof). ...(full comment)
As noted in the press in Vermont, the Strontium 90 found in the Vermont Yankee monitoring (NOT drinking) wells probably came for fallout - still around from atmospheric weapons testing.
Radioactivity is a natural part of the environment too. We eat it for breakfast in bananas! Decades and millions have been spent in learning the safe amounts of every type of radiation, every way we get it.
I am happy that these folks have found something that has made them happy and wish them Happy Valentine's Day.
However, when Ms. Britton says that she doesn't feel comfortable walking down Main Street holding hands, I would just say that's more her perception than Greenfield's reality.
This is a very open and accepting community and it is unfair to paint the community as even mildly "homophobic." And at the end of the day, it's up to each person this couple meets to decide if they accept them. The people they know and meet also have the right to decide whether to approve or disapprove. There's nothing wrong with those who do not approve of gay marriage. Holding more traditional views does not make someone "homophobic" (not a journalistic term, either). It's part of living in a diverse community where people disagree without being disagreeable.
Speaking of bias... One of the lowest moments for this area was when certain residents publicly convened a committee to make a Christian college feel unwelcome about starting a campus in Northfield. They literally organized to keep an institution out because of its creed. I did not see much condemnation of that bigotry. Intolerance can come from a lot of angles and those who are even slightly outside the predominant liberalism of the area sometimes also feel uncomfortable "being who they are."
I can sympathize with this couple, as I know that I don't feel comfortable walking down Main Street, period. Even during daylight hours, the cast of questionable characters hanging out on the sidewalks seem to grow every year. That's a big problem that I'm certain Greenfield actually has. ...(full comment)
I don't see a problem maintaining the Emergency Planning as it is when the plant was in operation, as long as the towns that want it are willing to pay for it.
Perhaps the groups that wrote the petitions could hold bake sales to raise the money. Why should everyone pay for what only a few people want ? ...(full comment)
Glad to see the article changed as there are NO serrated edges to the turbines on Bakke Mountain at this time. It read before, Paul Copleman said, "the company installed noise-reducing serrated edges on the 10 wind turbines on Bakke Mountain, in Florida, but wasn’t able to complete the same task on all nine of the wind turbines on Crum Hill in Monroe". I suggest a note of this in the printed version to alert readers of this error. ...(full comment)