Debbie, who wants to live near a power plant? If anything, a power plant in that location burning fossil fuels all day will lower surrounding property values, reducing tax revenue. And energy companies, like all multi-national corporations these days, always find a way not to pay taxes, usually by threatening to take away jobs. It'd be a wash, at best. Fossil fuels like natural gas are the energy of the past; we need to invest in energy sources of the future, because eventually, the gas will run out, if our drinking water isn't poisoned first. ...(full comment)
Here is a thought, maybe wait until you have an established safety net for children (maybe marriage would also help).She could still be in Arizona in school or maybe in her career. It may be harsh, but the government gets their money from the people and a lot of people are having a hard time in the Obama economy. People making bad choices are making hard on everybody. ...(full comment)
The Gospel of John was in fact the last to be written, and I apologize for the error. I was thinking of Pauline epistles, written earlier than Matthew and Luke, which did not mention either the virgin birth or any other aspect of the nativity fables. ...(full comment)
I have never known a rural town as obsessed with parking lots/spaces as Greenfield. Given the dearth of retail, cultural organizations or nightclubs downtown, it's hard to imagine needing more than a few dozen spaces at any one time--much less the hundreds available everywhere. Let's focus on finding a reason to come downtown, shall we? ...(full comment)
You have a point. A better idea may be to drop all current religious holiday schedules in public schools, and offer a certain number of excused absences for every kid celebrating any holiday. That way, your/ my kid doesn't have to miss class because your/my kid chooses to. ...(full comment)
Concerning the Lamson and Goodnow complex, has anyone involved considered contacting Artspace Projects, in Minneapolis? They have a fantastic track record for more urban development for artist live-work and retail space...but I'm wondering if a smaller rural project with a lot of support (which translates to streamlining the process of funding and development) and a ready-made community, might interest them? It's free to contact them, and a feasibility study may well be worth it. Artist live-work space would provide a long-term anchor for the village...and just the idea would bring in interested parties. Just a thought. It could serve as a sustainable development model that could be replicated throughout the region on a scale---and in the manner---everyone could support. ...(full comment)
So does this mean that Isaac Mass has given up on his clever disguise as 'the guy who wants what's best for Franklin County' and is now just playing dirty? Frankly, I applaud him. Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy. Isaac, now that you are showing your true colors- because I'm SURE your client didn't seek you out on his own, nor did he come up with those [rather large] numbers without -um- 'legal advice' - does this mean we have finally seen the last of your misguided political aspirations? Oh, thank HEAVENS!!! And in the spirit of your new-found honesty, will we EVER learn why you never graduated Tulane, even with a ROTC scholarship? Also- BayState Health should start checking the tires of their emergency response vehicles for teeth marks. Just a heads up, guys. ...(full comment)
My dad grew up in Greenfield. He is buried there as are his parents and all of my relatives. As kids-we spent every summer there going to Wilson's, the Outlet store and Poet's seat. My grandparents had their 40th wedding anniversary at a restaurant near the bridge of flowers in Shelburne Falls and my grandfather owned Tru-Val clothing in Turners Falls. So sad-it is such a great place. ...(full comment)
That would be Isaac Mass, our city councilor, yes? If there was money to be made, I'm sure he'd find a way to sue a festival in his own Greenfield, too. Shameful and low! (And $950,000 in lost wages??? Ha! That's pretty rich.) ...(full comment)
Hi Jim, are you sure it is “Degradation of decency?” I’m not a history buff nor a waging man, but would safely wager that we are probably at the height of our moral evolution. I’m not implying that we have reached some kind of tipping point on the evolutionary scale – we are still gathering dust hovering just above the gloom, but we are no longer amassing in the town centers to watch a hanging.
We live in the world that is governed by hypocrisy – where Obama can promise to fix the Wall Street and nominates Establishment to distribute bailouts at the tax payers’ expense, while completely ignoring the struggling consumers (https://sasoc.wordpress.com/tag/sheila-bair/). Just like he overlooked his promise to reform Immigration and deported more undocumented immigrants than other presidents (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/aug/10/american-principles-action/has-barack-obama-deported-more-people-any-other-pr/)
I certainly applaud and support your action in pointing out our barbaric ways. But as long as you lament demise of the spineless and fake Democrats, including our president Obama, you play the same hypocritical game that purges a crutch from our nascent Decency. Decency means being honest with yourself and others.
And by the way, Jesus did not practice Christianity; his message was compassion. ...(full comment)