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Leverett, recognized that it needed to take the initiative and build and own its own network and could not wait for "pie in the sky by and by" promises of "Wired West". Shutesbury officials on the other hand drank the Wired West Kool-aid and are therefore Shutesbury is still without high speed internet and likely will stay that way for some time. ...(full comment)

Leverett lights up townwide broadband

Thank you for this story. I was unaware of this temple before. I am looking forward to attending the ceremonies this Sunday and hearing all of these speakers. ...(full comment)

Leverett Peace Pagoda turns 30: Sunday ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m.

Love those food bank executive editors! ...(full comment)

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

well said! Can you write this as a letter to the editor? ...(full comment)

Letter: Abortion

I think part of what is unfortunate here, at least for the local story, is that the media attention this has gotten has overshadowed the musical accomplishments of the other young musicians who played in the battle of the bands. The winning band, RoolBunk, is a band made up of 3 12-year-olds. These local 7th graders beat several high school and out of state bands playing all original music. Too bad their accomplishments aren’t part of the story. ...(full comment)

Sounds Local: Sexism debate puts national spotlight on local teen rockers

"Wheatley said increasing New England’s natural gas supply will “lower consumers’ electric and gas bills, dramatically reduce carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide emissions, and provide essential support for increased use of renewable energy sources.”" Response: (1) There's no guarantee that electric and gas bills will decrease, and export can only serve to push gas prices higher - if they're so sure our prices will decrease, why won't they guarantee it in writing? (2) methane emissions, much more powerful than CO2, will increase and (3) how??? just saying something over and over again does not make it so. ...(full comment)

Challenges mounting over DPU’s gas company-pipeline decision

Wonder why the deafening silence from these moralists when it comes to 50% of U.S. children living in poverty?: when it comes to the number of teenage pregnancies where the father is a legal adult and the mother is age 13 or 14? When the ability to support a child by TWO full time working adults is almost impossible? This is a political canard, used to get folks to vote for a single concern without looking seriously at other matters: it has enabled the .01% to waltz away with 50% of U.S. wealth; now in the hands of less than 500 people. It has also allowed nearly every law protecting life, public health, and economic viability for most Americans to be eroded. ...(full comment)

Letter: Abortion

Spend some time on youtube checking out grease fires without fire systems, and think of a tent, or open wooden building with no sheet rock to hold back the flames, combine that with a packed fair on a Friday night... ...(full comment)

State legislators seek fire code exemption for small vendors at local fairs

On Transcendental Meditation and PTSD: The Transcendental Meditation program has been endorsed by the Veterans Administration for over 20 years for soldiers with PTSD. Kindly watch and share with all - "PTSD and Transcendental Meditation - David George, Infantryman" (2:34; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ki4c-XkYsM / excellent ) and "Transcendental Meditation Improves Performance at Military University" (5:12;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIH0913lQe0 ) Thanks! Bill @ BillsArtBox.com P.S. Please visit http://www.OperationWarriorWellness.org for more information. Note: Results are available for long-standing PTSD symptoms, as well, including for Vietnam Veterans. Also, see the dramatic effects for Domestic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for women and children, and for PTSD for "First Responders", at http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/#video=6gM_sXiUPvo (5:24). ...(full comment)

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Sept. 17 - 23

Baker is Aggressively friendly, he is the most affectionate gentle dog anyone could hope for. ...(full comment)

Aggressive dog ruled adoptable

Sure. When he's not present at conception. ...(full comment)

Letter: Abortion

The devils advocate wonders Is it okay for a man to say, " It's not my body , not my responsibility (including financially). Maybe when that happens........ ...(full comment)

Letter: Abortion

Laudato Si is a moral and thoughtful reflection on the state of the world, and the enormous challenges we face: it is also a clarion call to the enormous evil we face in greed and narcissism. Wealth hoarding is about depriving others and controlling them: it is not about democracy, nor is it about principled or ethical considerations of any stripe. ...(full comment)

Aksamit and Devlin/My Turn: Caring for our common house