when teachers and administrators get paid that kind of money, is it any wonder why tuition is so much? This is were the injustice of pay is. These are the people saying that others are making to much. If her pay would have been half of that it would have still been too much. How much does a 4th grade teacher make, maybe one tenth and works much harder and teaches more hours in a week.
The higher education system is a racket as long as the govt is involved in tuition. Just look what it cost in the 70's and the cost of labor and what the cost of an education and labor is now. One has gone up more than ten times. I am sure you can guess which one. Anyone in the higher education game has seen their salary go up at much higher rates than any other sector. Is it only because of the govt is behind the loans? Of course it is. If money was not so free and easy to get school would cost much less. Maybe getting the govt out of it the cost would come down in the future. ...(full comment)
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)
AT VY REACTOR-DERIVED RADIONUCLIDES WERE FOUND IN DETECTABLE LEVELS
• In excavated soils and sanding salts. This material (at least ten dump truck loads) was yarded in the open in the vicinity of the cooling towers.
• In sanding salts gathered from across paved areas of the site.
• In cooling tower sediments
• Beneath a broken chemistry/sampling drain and beneath the turbine building.
• In various hot-spots and outdoor drains during the plant’s earlier years and reported somewhat less in the last 20.
• In soil samples from around the tritium pipe excavation in much more recent history.
• And all parties agree that we don’t know the origin of the most recent traces of Strontium-90.
Delay of decommissioning and site-remediation will provide the opportunity for this material to spread further and sinker deeper into the earth – eventually contaminating the aquifer. Shouldn't the Vermont Yankee plant site be radiologically characterized through a disciplined sampling program before Entergy VY shuts down its lab and dismisses its radiation technicians? I mean, Entergy is talking about walking away for a period potentially exceeding that of VY’s entire operating life.
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)