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Letter: Not buying that flag

Congrats to all involved. Inspired. ...(full comment)

First day of (new) school: Shiny new Greenfield High School opens its doors

I doubt if Obama has made any of the crude, insulting comments that have issued forth from Trump's mouth. As far as wanting jobs, the Republican-controlled Congress has DONE NOTHING for job creation in the past 5 years. They have passed nearly 60 bills to defund Obamacare and NOT ONE jobs bill. As far as living "Free", as long as you are owned by Big Oil, Big Banks, Big Insurance, Big Medicine, Big Agra and Big Corporate, your freedom is nothing but an illusion. If you want freedom, vote for Bernie Sanders. Trump cares nothing for you. ...(full comment)

Brown/My Turn: Trump’s all about ego, power

What needs to happen is Greenfield is they keep the dispatchers They know the "City" and know how to get the proper people in the proper places the fast. You can't under estimate the value of dispatching. The staffing levels at the Police Department are also terrible. They are running short all the time they need to have at least 5 patrolman and a supervisor on every shift. If the mayor wants a to lower taxes in the long run he needs to think long term. Adding the staffing to public safety now will play the biggest role in cleaning up downtown and making Greenfield a better place to live work and spend money. MedCare cares about making money, they leave the town uncovered all the time, they send there ambulances all over the place. Turners Falls and Greenfield have had to get ambulances because BHA couldn't make the calls and now that MedCare took over, the calls the Greenfield Fire and Turners Falls have transported have only gone up. Its time for Greenfield Fire Department to add staffing and run a Paramedic Level Ambulance Service. Subcontracting and not investing in the community is going to leave you with nothing in the end. ...(full comment)

Dispatchers being ditched? Greenfield call center employees uncertain about their future with town

The pipeline is all about corporate greed and profits, and any loss of human life is to KM the cost of doing business. Don't be fooled by Alan Fiore, the spin doctor of KM, this is all about the EXPORT of gas, they just awareded a $350+ mil contract to build ships to export the gas to Europe and S. America! Consider this, elements of Eminent Domain: To excersise the power of eminent domain, the government must prove that for elements of the Fifth Amendment are present, (1) private property (2) must be taken (3) for public use (4) and with just compensation. Now from Wikipedia: "James Madison who wrote the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution, had a more moderate view, and stuck a compromise that sought to at least protect property rights somewhat by explicitly mandating compensation and using the term "public use" rather than "public purpose, public interest or public benefit". The Lynnfield/ Peabody Lateral, is the EXPORT section of the pipeline, which is aimed at Salem where they can ship it to Europe and S. America, an EXPORT PIPELINE is NOT public use, and therefore any taking of private land for this is UNCONSTITUTIONAL! ...(full comment)

Community members blast siting board on pipeline

The Kinder Morgan pipeline is for export: to Pieridae and Goldboro LNG terminals, then out of the U.S. We subsidize this industry to the tune of 21 billion dollars a year: instead of benefiting the U.S., this would allow this private profit company to take this U.S. asset and offshore profits for itself, while charging New England ratepayers for the shipping route. Kinder Morgan has purchased a fleet of LNG tankers for this purpose. Ginning up a public case for "public convenience and necessity" on the thinnest pretext, and reassigning a Massachusetts existing pipeline to serve Connecticut, while enacting massive land takings of private and conservation land. ...(full comment)

Study says a new pipeline is not necessary, lays out alternatives

Except every time a business or company is invited to move to Greenfield, it is with a big tax break... ...(full comment)

Council OKs money move for tax relief

You have been a victim of a corporate scam. When have you ever seen new utility company projects result in lower prices? Ever? We are going to wind up paying the price, both literally and figuratively, for this pipeline. Our rates, perhaps in the form of fees or assessments, will go up to fund the project, and we will pay the price of increased pollution (noise, construction, and, worst of all, emissions and possible leaks or explosions, which will be mismanaged, as history shows, by Kinder-Morgan). These jobs you speak of will be few and short-term, and many of them done by non-locals, again, per KM's track record. Please look into this a little more deeply. Kinder-Morgan and the gas providers are selling you a bad bill of goods. ...(full comment)

Letter: Build the pipeline

People are being manipulated by racism, false moral canards, and vague values discussions into voting against their own interests. What is never put forward honestly is how every protection for public health and well being, food, water, and air, is being dismantled, education is being gutted, the idea of retirement, or collective bargaining to achieve fairness, or even the notion of limits to human cruelty (e.g. human rights) is no longer even a thought. Meanwhile, the .01% fuel hate speech, target social groups, and are behind the scenes in militarization and privatization of everything. What we get from the communications they own are "reality shows" and these then become the political process, where "outrageous" and rambling tangentiality replace intelligent, reasoned discussion. Our nation is devolving. A tiny fraction of people own half the wealth, and are withdrawing it: sucking the life out of our country. They study the masses to see what will best manipulate them. So we get whatever poll driven brand of A or B that will serve their interests. Vote for Bernie. It might be the last chance we have of getting out of this death spiral, if its even possible. ...(full comment)

Letter: Sanders for change

Which is why battery storage is on its way, and why simple heat pumps are a good adjunct. Quite a number of folks in the area find geothermal effect, too. Fixing insulation, and adding weather stripping can also be very useful. ...(full comment)

Letter: Sun power

I appreciate your perspective, but the benefit of the jobs created or concept of gas for our use is short term. Benefits are far outweighed by actual risks of having this NED come in here. See DelawareRiverkeeper.org -see the Delaware Riverkeeper series on Youtube.com to learn fast what really happens from townsfolk and municipalities like our own, who have been economically and land/river devastated by pipelines. There is no domestic price protection on the fracked gas being pushed through the pipe FYI: pipes that are 30% thinner steel in rural areas in flood planes prone to Valley-wide flooding. and seismic shifts. Thinner welds, thinner pipes and Mother Nature is a cranky gal, of late. Would you buy a new car with 30% thinner tires, 30% less sturdy bumpers, 30% weaker drivetrain, 30% less efficient winddshield wipers or 30% less steering capability or 30% less effective airbags or 30 % less effective safety belts? That's what you can get in this NED pipeline, right here. Research corrosion of steel in flood planes and only 4 foot down in the rich soil in your neighbor"s fields. 30 % thinner, prone- to -corrosion and lateral weld -failing, made-in -China- yep, not US, steel. Gas is truly unavailable to us locally, shortages they will create- for rate payers. Dangerous, toxic fracked gas goes to foreign markets , period. Then it will create a supply issue right here. Your local rates will go up to match pricing in Europe. The access to the gas is not controlled by local demand, it is controlled by a large public big 4 oil co. co. seeking to pump it offshore fast, to export to get max profit for the shareholders who have come to expect a 15% return, off wrecking your rivers and fields and wrecking our safe way of living. Berkshire Gas is a Spanish owned Co. , Iberdrola, that is not concerned with meeting your personal gas needs, though the people who do work here locally are very nice and we want them to have jobs. Know they are not in control, of supply and demand. That is being manipulated by the big boys -like Rich Kinder of Kinder Morgan who is running the 3rd or 4th largest domestic energy conglomerate, behind Exxon and Chevron. Gas shortage will happen by market manipulation, and then local rate payers will be stuck paying a premium. Google safety of fracked gas pipelines. For your kids and neighbors.By the way, how Do we put out a 200 to 300 foot fireball under the electric transmission lines when Hurricane Irene Number 2 has snapped the pipeline across Franklin Cty. Valley floor in multiple spots, say in an epic storm that brings down the grid with massive fires, so you cannot possibly get power unless you have back up in place, for weeks on end? Gas would have to burn out between valves, for hours, across our lands and roads and rail yards, East to West, and across our water supply lines that are going to be sited above those pipes. Those will be blown up. FEMA is outgunned by Mother Nature. We are destined to be hurt. When, not if. Go on youtube, watch Gasland for free. Google the daylight out of this for your own safety. ecomment, ferc.gov Docket PF14-22-000 until 8/31/15. I feel strongly about this. I respect your opinion, but I offer my own, in opposition. Post a Comment Display Name: ...(full comment)

Letter: Build the pipeline

The Species that would benefit by a pipeline in our pristine lands and rivers are the shareholders in KMI. Kinder Morgan. Pays a 2 buck dividend when biz is off by about 30%.Please google about HOW they build pipelines fast versus maintain them during & after build out. Google: 300 Line Water Fouled 4 Counties in PA. NED pipeline is slated for tie in to 300 Line in PA. Our water and land is going to be devastated, see DelawareRiverkeeper.org -see the Delaware Riverkeeper series on Youtube.com to learn fast what really happens from townsfolk and municipalities like our own, who have been ecomomically and land/river devastated by pipelines. There is no domestic price protection on the fracked gas being pushed through the pipe FYI: pipes that are 30% thinner steel in rural areas in flood planes prone to Valley-wide flooding. and seismic shifts. Thinner welds, thinner pipes and Mother Nature is a cranky gal, of late. Would you buy a new car with 30% thinner tires, 30% less sturdy bumpers, 30% weaker drivetrain, 30% less efficient winsdshield wipers or 30% less steering capability or 30% less effective airbags or 30 % less effective safety belts? That's what you can get in this NED pipeline, right here. Research corrosion of steel in flood planes and only 4 foot down in the rich soil in your neighbor"s fields. 30 % thinner, prone- to -corrosion and lateral weld -failing, made-in -China- yep, not US, steel. Gas is truly unavailable to us locally, shortgages they will create- for rate payers. Dangerous, toxic fracked gas goes to foreign markets , period. Then it will create a supply issue right here. Your local rates will go up to match pricing in Europe. The access to the gas is not controlled by local demand, it is controlled by a lage public big 4 oil co. co. seeking to pump it offshore fast, to export to get max profit for the shareholders who have come to expect a 15% return, off wrecking your rivers and fields and wrecking our safe way of living. Berkshire Gas is a Spanish owned Co. , Iberdrola, that is not concerned with meeting your personal gas needs, though the people who do work here locally are very nice and we want them to have jobs. Know they are not in control, of supply and demand. That is being manipulated by the big boys -like Rich Kinder of Kinder Morgan who is running the 3rd or 4th largest domestic energy conglomerate, behind Exxon and Chevron and We can Easily Killutron or whatever it is called. Gas shortage will happen by market manipulation, and then local rate payers will be stuck paying a premium. Google safety of fracked gas pipelines. For your kids and neighbors..By the way, how Do we put out a 200 to 300 foot fireball under the electric transmission lines when Hurricane Irene Number 2 has snapped the pipeline across Franklin Cty. Valley floor in multiple spots, say in an epic storm that brings down the grid with massive fires, so you cannot possibly get power unless you have back up in place, for weeks on end? Gas would have to burn out between valves, for hours, across our lands and roads and rail yards, East to West, and across our water supply lines that are going to be sited above those pipes. Those will be blown up. FEMA is outgunned by Mother Nature. We are destined to be hurt. When, not if. Go on youtube, watch Gasland for free. Google the daylight out of this for your own safety. ecomment, ferc.gov Docket PF14-22-000 until 8/31/15. ...(full comment)

Letter: Fragmented thinking

From today's NYTimes, noting that new studies show that methane leaks are higher than originally expected, equal to about 37 new coal-fired power plants: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/19/science/methane-leaks-in-natural-gas-supply-chain-far-exceed-estimates-study-says.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 ...(full comment)

Letter: Build the pipeline