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The twists & turns of history: the Mohawk Trail marks 100 years

Indexing the gas tax ensures that there is adequate funding for roads, bridges etc. by tying the tax to the current value of the dollar - it's pretty basic, sensible public policy that only gets politicized by shamelessly pandering politicians like Lee, and only supported by voters who want everything maintained (and blame government when it's not) but don't want to pay for anything, either. ...(full comment)

Lee backs repeal of gas tax indexing

The candidates' business appears to benefit from water comodification that is going on in other regions of North America. Water is "commodified" by diverting it into control by investment interests, who are then free to sell it to the highest bidder. With water shortages in the U.S., and all over the world, one wonders if this local business has much interest in the human need for water, or if this will aid both her bottom line and other investors grab of U.S. resources: and what ties to wealthy investment interests (pictured at a party with Donald Trump) mean for Massachusetts water. ...(full comment)

Lee wins 2nd Franklin Republican race

Yes, thanks. I used this talk by Amory Lovins (at 2.46 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsgrahFln0s&feature=youtu.be I should have written that Germany gets 25% of the power *it generates* from renewable sources. ...(full comment)

Keith/My Turn: Different calculations

Yes that is a wonderful sight, but to have that vision one must come here by the rule of law. ...(full comment)

Letter: Immigration process

Living in St. Albans, VT and having family in the Greenfield area - the train will be a welcome change. ...(full comment)

Gov. Patrick rolls into Greenfield on train to announce track buy

The message from Iberdrola Renewables promising to take corrective measures by year’s end is simply another delayed abatement while violations likely continue. The DEP re-inspection might not come for a year or more due to limited staff and funding. A known violation allowed to persist, even after found noncompliant with noise limit regulation, is ostensibly understood as a direct dereliction of MassDEP duties, who chief duty... is to enforce the law. ...(full comment)

Study: Monroe turbines too noisy

I believe you are getting your numbers on German energy and German electrical consumption confused. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_in_Germany http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_energy_in_Germany ...(full comment)

Keith/My Turn: Different calculations

The company also suffered from mismanagement, nepotism, a large lawsuit loss and threatened suits for patent infringement. While the union deserves blame for its failure to embrace changes in technology, management is equally to blame for its failure to impose it and manage the dynamics of the business. Lamson had a strong management team about 10 years ago, was earning good money, innovating and growing – from about $4 million to $11 million in sales. But greed set in. A classic case if ever there was one. The firm had business disruption insurance and I guess must have cancelled it before the flood. A Union lock out is a death knell, you still have to pay your bills but you have no income, your cash just runs out the door. You cannot stiff your vendors and expect to retain their loyalty. It goes on and on and then it stops, in this case, at the courthouse door. ...(full comment)

Lamson & Goodnow files for bankruptcy

Problems, what problems? The only problem is that a DPH estimated 130,000+ people, most of whom do not have the space or ability to grow their own nor have a reliable black-market source (a person with a recommendation and who is carrying it is immune from prosecution) are being $h!t upon by bureaucrats who are functionally illiterate. The law clearly commanded DPH to have at least one 'dispensary' in each county already be registered by the end of last year and would have produce for sale months ago. The law clearly commanded the process of granting or denying a registration was to take 90 days from the DPH's receipt of a complete application and that process was to be fully developed within 120 days following January 1, 2013. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Twists and turns with medical pot

Kinder Morgan will also be sending representatives to a Northfield select board meeting-- tonight (Aug 19th) at 7:00 PM at PVRS. ...(full comment)

Conway to host pipeline meeting

Let us make this point, there never was a Palestine land. Read your history, no Arab country wanted the Palestinians in their countries. Israel should move the borders to the land they had at the end of the 67 war. With the exception of the Sinai peninsula since they made a lasting peace with Egypt. ...(full comment)

Letter: Focus on Israel

show me a project for anything by the government that has come in close to the price tag stated. If state taxpayers had to pay for the big dig would you be happy? I am not happy the feds pick up the overrun of $$. That is something the state or the city it is put in picks up. Look at the bridges in San Fran, they might have to be redone. Who is going to pay for that, the builder who used bad bolts or the bosses of the inspector ( who said there is a problem) or the taxpayer? Maybe the safest thing is to not use the bridges and make people drive around. I remember driving though Harrisburg, PA and thinking how many bridges do they need. Most of them were no longer used as they were not safe. ...(full comment)

Editorial: The slow pace to high-speed rail