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Green power is expensive, isn't it! Expect $500 a month electric bills in a few years. We've been taken over by the enviro-nazis. ...(full comment)

Electric bills expected to jump 37%

Its the usual game, create a crisis and then you get what you want from the people. Its as old as the hills... ...(full comment)

Electric bills expected to jump 37%

And yet, we had threeTRILLION dollars to spend on the Iraq War. And our military budgets dwarfs all other nations combined. The money is there to erase hunger. Unfortunately so is the immoral greed and distorted priorities. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Growing hunger crisis

Here's a few more facts to chew on: Gas investments deliberately lobbied to insure that repairs to leaking pipelines that bilk ratepayers of of 1.5 BILLION dollars in gas every year, won't have to be fixed for twenty years. Gas investments gouged the area for prices on the spot market. Gas investments purchased Brayton Point and took it off line five weeks later. Gas investments purchased Northeast Utilities, so now Nstar provides all "information" about energy needs: they posted profits all during the merger, by the way. Gas investments reported that "companies were forced to close" during winter, when in fact a subsequently illegal program prearranged this as an incentive: this was the subject of litigation, but was mischaracterized in the news. Sorry folks, but business owners and well-meaning, but really uninformed individuals in our state, are really being duped big time, and the future for our state in all of this is quite grim. ...(full comment)

Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

With exports, which is what this pipeline is all about, recoverable gas in the Marcellus will be gone in seven years . . . We subsidize this gas through enormous corporate welfare, they are exempt from Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Drinking Water, and Superfund legislation: that means we pay to clean up whatever nightmare of environmental mess they make, and they dismiss this saying "this can produce jobs" if "communities can organize" to clean up the environmental mess. Are these the kind of jobs we want for our children???? And now they want to leave us with a giant mess, take gas we've already paid for, and sell it for even more private profit. ...(full comment)

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. rejects Ashfield ban

Sadly you are missing a great many facts. The only study done to date indicated a regional need for the forseeable future of .6 bcf. The pipeline proposed for the northern half of our state is 2.2 bcf. That is considerably more gas than the region will ever use. AND there is another pipeline along our Eastern Seaboard that is 2.5 bcf. Then there is the expansion of the existing southern pipeline that seeks to increase: so we've moved from a "need" of .6bcf- yes, that's point six, to 5.0 bcf. There are also lateral pipelines planned all over this state, so that we become a shipping and holding grid for Marcellus gas. Extra radioactive Marcellus gas. (Resnikoff, 2012) They are trying to take more private property from Massachusetts than could ever be necessary for any actual need. 3000 part time jobs? The immediate costs to small businesses and families will be another giant wealth transfer to the .01%, and those jobs will cost everyone an enormous amount of money: especially given the effect on housing and property values all over state. Gas is not ever going to be cheap: we will pay billions now, and especially when we're competing with world markets for gas we already subsidize. (Yes, the Northeast is more populated, so we pay more to subsidize: but get gouged by gas investment interests) Here we go again! This case is being ginned up for that reason, and these pipelines are seeking to locate in ALL of our water areas. ...(full comment)

Mass/My Turn: Case for the pipeline

Helpers may carry objects. Cannot physically assist residents. ...(full comment)

Taking the stairs

As crazy as it sounds, many in the Muslim world believe that ISIS was created by the United States and Israel. For real. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Evil finds a new face

Hops growers are my heroes. You know I had a problem with mildew on my tomatoes. I didn't want to use any chemicals (I planned on eating them!). After scouring the web I finally found a great solution called No Powdery Mildew. I bought some here http://www.lookoutdeals.com/home-garden/ ...(full comment)

Hip hops

Great work, Walter! For those who don't know him well, may I say that "indolent lymphoma" is the ONLY way that Walter and the word indolent could ever possibly be connected. Much love, Paul ...(full comment)

200 cyclists raise at least $39,000 for BFMC cancer patients

Monday, week 2-Using the stairs today, finally met a "helper", assisting first floor resident up stairs. She slowly pulled herself up the stairs, and he followed with her walker, which held 2 cucumbers. ...(full comment)

Taking the stairs

I am not surprised by this happening. They were very, very greedy and felt they were deserving of ALL their money and didn't want to share it with their employees. They didn't pay their bills on time for many years and expected employees to do their dirty work of dealing with creditors. I feel for the employees and not for Ross Anderson! He deserves to lose his business. ...(full comment)

Lamson & Goodnow files for bankruptcy

I am a resident on floor 3. Thankfully, I am mobile enough and have family to assist. I am a younger retiree, mind intact...on most days...so I will manage, always have, always will. However, the reporter has take what she is told on face value. Faces often lie. I personally have not needed to contact anyone, nor do I think I will. However, at 7 pm tonight-Friday-a paper was pushed under my door with a small list of volunteers, very small...this is day 5. Now the office is closed. There has been nothing from management regarding on hired help, unless it missed my door. The garbage situation has been compromised, because the hired help does not want to carry or push the large garbage containers down the stairs. So the containers were removed, and a sign telling us to carry our garbage downstairs was posted. This is beyond understanding. The younger paid staff, does not want to have to carry things up and down the stairs...but the residents have no choice? I don't see this working, and the garbage situation might get "smelly". Followed by critters. No notice from management regarding this. The promised grocery delivery was cancelled due to inability to find people to do this. Cancelled late last Friday. Just posted outside the office. The whole motel option...what a joke. Really!!! Yes, we will survive, we are survivors. Will there be some trauma, maybe worse, I suspect so. In the end, the work will get done, if some of the more fragile tenants fall by the wayside (literally), well there is a long list of applications, and the new tenants will move in with a good working elevator. The elderly are expendable. ...(full comment)

Taking the stairs