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Chris Collins- I want to say thanks for all three excellent parts of this column- very informative, and substantiated. I may take you to task at another time, so put this one in the bank! Ha! ...(full comment)

In the Arena: Deja vu

Keeping the tires there is also "expensive," except to society as a whole (due to degraded water) rather than the individual landowner. Leaving them there is not an option. ...(full comment)

Practical purpose for mound of tires?

They definitely need a designated smoking area. It could even be an attraction- I know that at many brewfests, there is a tent set up as a 'cigar bar' where all the smokers can go and do their thing away from the rest of the patrons. With the long history of tobacco farming in the valley, they might as well offer the chance to sample natural locally-produced tobacco. Heck, they judge apples and jams and quilts... Let some locals enter their nice handmade cigars! I am STRONGLY anti-cigarettes when it comes to all the nasty additive-laden garbage being sold, but this isn't about IF smoking is wrong, it's about WHERE smoking is wrong. I was trying to enjoy the kids talent show and there was seriously a guy smoking a CIGAR sitting right on the bleachers. Like, any cigar smoker is fully aware of the fact that most creatures with noses find the smell of secondhand stogie purely offensive. To be smoking a cigar shoulder-to-shoulder with other people trying to enjoy a CHILDRENS EVENT... that is just a big giant social 'screw you'. Yeah, buddy, if you are reading this, you know who you are (bald, doughey, and middle-aged)- I'm calling you out. That was messed up. I was half expecting the Real Housewives of Franklin County to give you a little more than just a dozen Angry Mom Looks. I just don't understand people sometimes. ...(full comment)

Fair board mulls smoking restrictions

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

Only the U.S., China and maybe Russia ( I cannot remember how many warheads they retained after the breakup of the USSR and how many we purchased to destroy),possess the ability to wipe out civilization. More than someone trying to do that they will probably do something else. If one wants to destroy the U.S. or north America, they will more than likely get a device approx. 70,000 feet + over the middle of the U.S. They could use a weather balloon, plane or a ICBM. Detonate the device sending out an enormous EMP knocking out at least 85% of the electrical grid if not all that has not been protected. That would be devastating all communication would go out anything flying would drop like a fly. Think of it like the original "Day the Earth Stood Still". In all the exercises I participated in if you can get down to the Blue Ridge mountains you have a very good chance at survival due to the normal wind patterns. ...(full comment)

Hynes/My Turn: Terror unleashed

Vermont Yankee will NOT eliminate emergency planning of all types. No matter the activity - decommissioning or just "babysitting" used fuel in Dry Casks, they will be prepared for fires, personnel injuries from the tear-down work, and radiation events. The article is right in saying the EPZ (for radiation events) will SHRINK - not disappear. It can shrink because the hazard shrinks and the used fuel undergoes radioactive decay. When atoms decay they then have no more to give out, so the total amount of radiation source decreases with time. Opponents will say that a great injustice is proposed, but their fear in not supported by the evidence. ...(full comment)

Vt. Yankee petition to eliminate 10-mile emergency zone moves forward

There are half a dozen companies with Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) devices racing to the marketplace. If the Solar Hydrogen Trends claims are true, they have the best system to date because their reactor produces hydrogen gas rather than heat. We can easily use hydrogen gas to power cars, trucks, trains, ships, aircraft, and spacecraft with existing, well proven off the shelf technology. I have my fingers crossed and hope this development is authentic. It would shrink the switchover time required to replace fossil fuels with LENR from many decades to just a few years. ...(full comment)

Letter: An energy solution?