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Cannot compete with the Chinese unless we go back to ten hour days, doing away with the minimum wage, and paid vacations. The laws of the global economy demand this if America is to maintain a remnant of its industrial base. This country no longer has much use for its working-class. ...(full comment)

Lamson & Goodnow files for bankruptcy

On June 24th, at the FRCog meeting, Curtis Cole, Kinder Morgan Commercial Director, for the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline, spoke about our area of the United States being "just like North Korea" from "satellite photos". This is how they think about us as fellow Americans. ...(full comment)

Conway residents take aim at safety, contents of pipeline

There isn't one single time when Kinder Morgan has acknowledged harm, even when folks have died: they likely spend more on lawyers, PR and Lobbyists than on safety . . . . . . . . . . . Years of litigation, and "non disclosure agreements" from what is widely reported all over the U.S. and Canada, designed to keep a lid on what's going on. PHMSA is completely overtaxed, and increasingly underfunded: just this year a 9% cut in staff. ............... \ Since 2012 gas industry/investments etc. are completely exempt from Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Drinking Water, Superfund and Recovery legislation. They spend millions in government lobbying to insure there is no meaningful oversight other than completing paperwork. (they claim "no corporate donations", but personal giving to PACs and candidates is well documented.). . . The gas industry has gotten away with not disclosing the chemicals used in new extraction techniques: these are, according to them , "trade secrets", but increasing documentation is bringing to light chemicals used in gas production that include, but are not limited to, VOC's, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, Benzen, arsenic, Stronteum . . . and these likely become part of the gas. There is NO oversight of what is actually being pumped into peoples homes and businesses, and what we formerly understood as "natural" gas is less and less available, versus unconventional gas, through these extreme production methods. They spend a lot of time and money making sure we have no idea what goes in our homes, or what we are supporting. . . . though federal subsidies (our money), through exemptions from laws everyone else obeys, from taxation proportional to what we each pay, and from accountability for whatever mess they make. "Trade secrets" are just a whole lot more important than public safety to these people. Profit for the .01% uber alles! The slick lady in the pantsuit is an enormously well funded advertising campaign. Pipelines leak at a rate of 8 to 11%. No superfund. Extra radiation from Marcellus gas (Resnikoff, 2012) And this grid of pipeline is being ginned up on the basis of a 30 days a year purchases on the spot market. . . . as a "bridge" fuel. They demonstrate further abuse of the public by doing an end run around Massachusetts law in their most recent southern Ma FERC process, attempting to skip all environmental review and demanding an "expedited process" while again, it looks like segmenting after a federal ruling against this. (Riverkeeper versus FERC & Tennessee Gas Pipeline) . . . landsmen state that they are "following Massachusetts environmental law" in their sales pitches. . . . their corporate behavior in response to MA law, and to environmental law is in stark contrast to this. FERC is forbidden, thanks to lobbying, to evaluate costs of clean up for this "bridge" fuel. Gas investment entities are, again, exempt from Superfund legislation. Take a look at costing for the Rose disposal pit in Lanesboro, MA for an idea of costs to "ratepayers" that are not allowed to be factored into FERC filings. This is a hidden cost to "ratepayers". That will be you, and me, and our children. . . . We have two import terminals in Everett and Gloucester, to the tune of 750 million dollars: now that Kinder Morgan has a fleet of LNG freighters, this is a better use of our land and our money at this point in American history. ...(full comment)

Conway residents take aim at safety, contents of pipeline

Denise Andrews has a broader perspective. Our jails are already overwhelmed and minimum sentencing insures that they will be further overwhelmed. There is also a difference between using and trafficking. Meanwhile cuts to nearly every recovery program in the state have left few facilities available to treat these problems. Jail is not a solution for addiction. ...(full comment)

Andrews a lone vote against tougher heroin sentences

I'm glad to read about these new business expansions and I think that helping with tax breaks is a realistic move to entice them to stay, but if only done very carefully. Are there any requirements tied to these tax breaks - that is, what happens if the jobs don't actually materialize? If they don't, do the businesses just get to pocket the savings? Shouldn't also the jobs need to be at a certain pay scale, so that tax breaks aren't worth more than what they are paying out in labor for the new jobs? It's also worthwhile to consider if a business actually needs the the tax break - often they are so invested in a location it would be hard for them to move anyway, so the tax break isn't really needed. These are just general thoughts, not specific to this business in particular. ...(full comment)

Mayor wants to ease taxes on Argotec ahead of expansion

I wonder if Mr. Bongiovanni knows who wrote that on Lady Liberty? Maybe we should bring 600 or so to Greenfield. How would that affect our schools and the health care of others. Not to mention safety. He could also open his doors to a couple of children and help them acclimate to America. If you think the United States can afford to take in everybody how about the Christians being killed in Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Bongiovanni can even go into debt to take care of some of the unfortunate. If you are so free with taxpayers money, you should be just as free with yours ...(full comment)

Letter: Read 'em & weep

look at Reno, Nevada. See how many casinos have closed there. Nevada does not have a state income tax, the money from casinos are the reason for that. Every time a casino opens in California it takes away from the casinos in Nevada. Most of the Indian casinos are managed by the casinos in Nevada. So the casinos are not hurting as much as the state. However the casinos in California are not all doing very well. When government dabbles in business there are unintended results The idea of a train running up through Springfield, Greenfield to Canada seems to be another boondoggle. Amtrak dose not make money, it costs money. As with health care and energy the government has shown it does and is not competent to do business. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Casino catastrophe

To EDITOR: The previous comment not yet approved by Peter Pan...please verify if copy is printable through Michael Cruise, Thank you. Peter Pan Driver ...(full comment)

Letter: To Peter Pan Bus Lines

First, in response to this letter writer, let me say that we offer our condolences in this difficult time. We certainly like to hear from our passengers on any improvements we can make in our transportation services. We, like the writer, have families that travel, and do not know the terrain, and need tender loving care when transferring from airport to bus and so on. I, as a bus driver, try to help the public whenever I can, and I assure you the vast majority of the Peter Pan team does likewise. Having said that, I must point out to the letter writer and reader that the only bus that leaves Logan International Airport and ends up in a "subterranean level beneath South Station" is the MBTA Silver Line, Not a Peter Pan motorcoach (bus). The Silver Line is an articulated transit bus that travels on streets but goes beneath the South Station train station in a tunnel station. It is also a free fare when travelling from Logan to South Station according to what I have heard. In addition, it has a rather convenient ADA wheelchair lift as compared to the ADA wheelchair lifts that we use on a Peter Pan Bus. On the other hand, Peter Pan Bus Lines offers motorcoach service between Logan Airport and South Station, where the traveler can change to another Peter Pan bus to Springfield. The schedule times are available at or by calling (800) 343-9999 during regular business hours. Please note, all Peter Pan busses have a wheelchair lift, although many of our customers with wheelchairs choose to call ahead 48 hours (this is optional) to assure a more seamless transportation experience. (It helps our operations personnel.) The Peter Pan bus picks up at the outer lane in front of all Logan terminals, however, the schedule is not as frequent as the Silver Line. If the letter writer had chosen the Peter Pan bus from Logan to South Station Bus Terminal, the bus driver would likely have called ahead to personnel at the terminal for assistance if a transfer was needed to the Springfield bus. All readers of this letter should be aware that South Station bus terminal is in the vicinity, but not directly on top of the South Station Train station/Subway/Silver Line station. It is approximately a block away, and on the 3rd floor. There are elevators and walkways connecting the two facilities, but, certainly if you are travelling with luggage, children, and so on, you should allow at least 20 minutes to make your way from one building to the other. The final point about the wrong (800) information number ( this is a phone number for a different bus company, Greyhound, which is headquartered in Dallas,Tx ) on the ticket "jacket" is warranted, and should be looked into. The letter writer does not say where the ticket/ticket jacket was purchased. In closing, I say the letter writer should again contact Peter Pan customer service again as no letter we receive should be left unanswered. Thank you for your input. ...(full comment)

Letter: To Peter Pan Bus Lines

Congratulations to my two sons, Adam Hufnagel, who placed 2nd overall in the International Competition of the Greenfield Triathlon, and Seth Hatch, who placed 4th overall in the same !!! WAY to go, guys !!! ...(full comment)

Skidmore dominant at Lightlife Triathlon

This isn't that difficult of an issue for Sen. Rosenberg to be pondering. The other legislators haven't "jumped the bandwagon," it's just that bad of a project at face value. Why should his constituents pay for a corporate infrastructure project that they are unlikely to benefit from, and may actually end up raising their electric/gas rates (due to exports)? Why invest billions (and Kinder Morgan keeps raising the cost estimates) in fossil fuels when we know they are not the energy of the future? How long will those gas wells in New York/PA last anyway? Then what? Why sign up his constituents for a project where the *only* guarantee is that their bills WILL go up due to the tariff, but there is no guarantee for anything else to their benefit? Not that hard to figure out, Stan. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Kudos to Sen. Stan Rosenberg

My husband and I had dinner a couple of nights after they opened. They are FANTASTIC!! A step up from Bill's and Greenfield Grille, which were both good, but the new iteration of this old establishment is really great. My husband had 4 of the appetizers, and he loved every one of them. I had the old favorite, Bill's lobster casserole. I always loved it at Bill's, but Jim Sands kicked it up a notch, and it is better than ever. I didn't think you could improve perfection, but he managed to. Its nice to have an establishment that offers you familiar comfort food, as well as exotic choices, without getting a bit too eclectic and strange. We'll be back often. ...(full comment)

New Greenfield restaurant serving fresh and exotic fish

After 19 months the neighbors of Hoosac Wind are finally vindicated. Only some of us are crazy! GE is not telling that 43 dbA is compared to 27 dbA is relatively NOISY and is more than 2X! Then we have low frequency sounds which adds to the disturbance. If it's not enough to get up more then a few mornings not sleeping well, there are other intrusions into our homes and lives because of the project. We went from quiet rural neighborhood to industrial zone. What was once a large forested habitat with scenic opportunities and solitude became a blasted area devoid of trees and swamps and filled in with crushed rock with huge industrial wind turbines. It was the "Enchanted Forest" and now that's gone... ...(full comment)

Study: Monroe turbines too noisy