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Well said and well written. Thanks for sharing this! Sincerely, Daniel A. Brown Taos, NM ...(full comment)

Letter: What’s possible

I would also like to see a space there that could be rented out for parties, functions, weddings, etc. That would nicely complement the new hotel above Wilson's, and out-of-town guests could also utilize the new train station nearby. There are not a lot of large venues for this purpose in the area, especially that are situated in a downtown, transit-oriented setting. ...(full comment)

What will be next act for the bank?

Dylan's got my vote! I think it's definitely time for some fresh ideas and a change in our state! ...(full comment)

Korpita: State government needs to be more proactive

Thank you, Greenfield Recorder! ...(full comment)

Editorial: Say ‘yes’ to repeal on Question 1

Kudos to all the souls who are willing to take this to eminent domain for the sake of our state's future. That may be the last bastion of resistance to protect our state's future, and lots of folks will be taking an economic hit to do it, based on the belief that our state's children and posterity deserve a better future than this drek. ...(full comment)

Dueling gas pipelines?

P.S. This is a highly experimental pipeline. Documents from the government of Maine, predating Lepage, discuss the danger to pipelines located close to high voltage, direct current transmission cables (in this case two sets of the). This is a significant security risk to electricity transmission: and one "event" where electricity is lost could seriously weaken electricity generators, while poising them for hostile takeover. This line of electricity in MA is crucial, and KM is seeking this without any process in cooperation with the state. A hostile actor could basically fly a drone over MA and knock out both electricity while creating an explosion of epic proportions and destabilizing other pipeline along the grid. Oh, and our state's water could be compromised, too. There is absolutely no concern for the safety or well being of our state, its inhabitants, or its future in this Northern proposal. This is about the absolute EVIL of greed, and the .01% stripping away the rights of citizens and diminishing any hope of Democracy. ...(full comment)

Dueling gas pipelines?

P.S. They are deliberately locating next to direct current high voltage transmission cables owned by a northeast company. There are relatively few places where this is done, and it is experimental: the state of Maine explored this at the state legislative level, and discussed the danger to this of entire pipelines, due to a variety of factors, including the electromagnetic fields generated by direct current cables. Also, unconventional gas is chemically different. This puts additional strain on the contents in and the metal of pipelines: it cannot always be successfully mitigated. This means that Kinder Morgan is deliberately putting existing power lines in harm's way: perhaps in the hope that "an accident" will result in being able to take over the northeast grid. Of course it will never be their fault. The way they are structured, they will use an endless variety of subcontractors from near and far on whom the blame can be pinned: and of course, landowners are in their crosshairs. Eminent domain is the wised choice for landowners in this morass of manipulation. ...(full comment)

Letter: Competing visions

Kinder Morgan wants the Northern Route because once it has an easement, it can add other pipelines to give it access to shipment abroad: for you name it, unconventional gas, tar sands, CO2- whatever they want. Their landsmen have already bragged that they've already shipped unconventional gas through neighborhoods on their southern route, and other materials. They make no secret of it to homeowners whose land they are seeking to steal for export routes. They can use far cheaper materials and get far closer to homes in the Northern Route, and they don't have any ordinances to hold them back. As far as the environment goes, they are seeking to bypass ANY state process around that. Incidentally, the money that Kinder Morgan earns is used to defeat any program that benefits or protects citizens of the U.S. They are deliberately going through conservation land because we are the only state in the union that has article 97, and we're being made an example of. ...(full comment)

Dueling gas pipelines?

How does the NU gas pipeline negatively impact more people if it's just going along existing pipeline routes? It's not clear what they mean exactly. Kinder Morgan forgets that we also care about the ecosystems impacted here, not just the number of landowners. ...(full comment)

Dueling gas pipelines?

I'm realistic. The legislature did not raise the gas tax for 22 years. A bipartisan commission reported in 2007 that we needed $1 billion to bring statewide transportation systems up to a state of good repair. The legislature raised about half that revenue. Pointing fingers is not productive. Spite is not going to solve this crisis. It's up to the voters to decide if we will tolerate unsafe bridges and poorly maintained roads in Western MA and all around the state. ...(full comment)

Should gas tax stay tied to inflation?

The strategy of hate speech, scapegoating and fear mongering has been very successful: the .01% have divided our nation to the point where nothing gets done, and a significant number of people are taking up arms against their fellow Americans, to fight for the .01%. The whole idea is no regulatory control of chemical poisons dumped by fossil fuels to enrich a handful of people, while inflicting genocide on the rest, Republican and Democrat alike. The tactic of hate speech, and pitting social groups against each other is how the fossil fuels companies work, all over the world, wherever there are "marketable" resources. They want the resources, and don't care what happens to our nation, or the world. Water is next, and this is already happening. ...(full comment)

Letter: Save the world

The beverage industry is only interested in avoiding the handling fee (3.25¢ per container) that they have to pay to redemption centers, and shifting the cost onto the backs of citizens who have to pay for DPW workers to clean up empty beverage containers from parks, beaches and neighborhoods. That's the real reason they ponied up $8 million for attack ads against Question 2. Over a billion empty water and sports drink containers get strewn accross the Commonwealth every year. A nickel deposit would greatly reduce that amount, keeping plastic out of the ocean and improving the rate of recycling. PLEASE VOTE YES ON 2! ...(full comment)

Letter: Let’s pass ‘2’

Gee, this sems a tad over the top. I mean, we're talking about 3 buildings and what, 2 hooligans every other week? How about hiring an off-duty cop to walk the beat? And really, no military surplus night goggles required.... ...(full comment)

Keeping watch: Security cameras aim to deter vandals from damaging Greenfield-owned property downtown