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Appreciate the mention of Silverthorne in your editorial - I wonder if anyone from the Recorder has actually attended their performances? Please do! The Skin of Our Teeth is incredible! Not your father's Thorton Wilder!! ...(full comment)

Editorial: Dare to create

I love your writing! I am not much of a nature reader, but your style is so charming, I hope to read your pieces all the time! Maybe I'll learn a few things ;-) Thank you! ...(full comment)

Said & Done: Do you know your birds and bees?

The young male CT cat wandered from the Black Hills, and likely passed through Ontario, not because there are 400 cats in Ontario - there is no evidence of breeding in the provence - but because there are no females between the Black Hills and CT. No females, no recolonization. It's the rare exception for females to range more than 100 miles from where they're born. A wild female or kittens have yet to be documented in a Midwestern state east of prairie habitat. The closest breeding evidence to the Northeast was announced last year in the Niobrara River Valley of central Nebraska, still west of the Missouri River. The CT cat traveled 2000 miles looking for females that aren't there. Had he found a female anywhere along his travels, he would have stopped, mated with her, and settled in to defend his home range. ...(full comment)

On The Trail: Shad, salmon and cougars

If you only eliminate the items you have listed, what are you accomplishing? You are taking out what 5-8% of the plastic out of the waste system. That hardly seems worthwhile. There was many people many years ago who said don't go to plastic stay with paper. Too many people like you wanted to save trees no matter the cost and wanted plastic. They and you got what you wanted, so just live with it. I wanted to stay with paper and it seems I was right. Plastic does breakdown, look what happens to the plastic tarps after a few years of the sun beating down on them. ...(full comment)

Boston/My Turn: Plastic ban worth your support

I am sure Holly and Gordon it was wonderful meeting you last night. I know you will have support among their community and friends far and wide. We are all in this together! Holly and Gordon let me know if you are ready to be interviewed. The interviews will be aired on 30 local cable access stations in Ma. as well as posted on Facebook. I will be on the Erving walk on Sunday and doing whatever else i can do to spread the work. If anyone has any more ideas, please let us know. We want to stop this pipeline and not have any land taken from anyone. Hattie Nestel ...(full comment)

‘I hope my town can help me.’ Northfield woman says compressor siting effectively condemns her home

I would also add that China is a notorious currency manipulator that stakes the trade deck in their favor. ...(full comment)

Letter: China a growing threat to the US

We may not be able to expect compassion from the DPU, however, we should expect accountability and answers to many questions raised at this hearing. ...(full comment)

Crowd slams state at pipeline hearing

People should be aware that in addition to people's lives and homes this pipeline will destroy, should it be built, the compression station-the largest Kinder Morgan has ever built, and the largest on the east coast-would be built on very sensitive land and would require permanently and completely demolishing many acres of protected forest and conservation land and wildlife habitat. It would also be build within a sensitive and pristine watershed and a drinking water protection zone, causing erosion, stream degradation, and untold damage to cold water fisheries. The boring, blasting and trenching that Kinder Morgan states will done may also alter the hydrology and cause flooding downstream, and alternately, dry out waterways and stream beds. This matter needs much more attention than it is presently getting. ...(full comment)

‘I hope my town can help me.’ Northfield woman says compressor siting effectively condemns her home

A powerful event with a deserving article by Richie Davis capturing a perspective of the public interest. Our care-taking our land and homes is a basic right that should not be trampled upon. Keeping water and air as fresh as possible is in all our mutual best interests. ...(full comment)

Crowd slams state at pipeline hearing

I was at the hearing last night and was overwhelmed by the crowds of people that showed up . The comments and statements made by the representatives and the people affected were very moving and informative. This lady who bravely stood in front of the people and the DPU and spoke from her heart her story what we on the Mtn are facing was heart wrenching . Some people have lived on this Mtn for generations they have been good stewards of the land .This Mtn is jewel in the Commonwealth of Ma. We deserve every chance to defend what has protected for generations . The DPU by not granting intervention status of PLAN-NE is not understandable and should be looked into.They are disenfranchising the very people affected. ...(full comment)

‘I hope my town can help me.’ Northfield woman says compressor siting effectively condemns her home

Laurie Ellen Weisman, "the hearing officer" of the Baker DPU denied this woman, and all other property owners being asked to bear unbelievable burdens any legal representation whatsoever in these proceedings. Eminent domain for private gain is of no concern to her whatsoever. She was the woman holding forth at the DPU hearing last night. She clearly has no concern for the law, her nation, or human beings. ...(full comment)

‘I hope my town can help me.’ Northfield woman says compressor siting effectively condemns her home

The hearing officer Laurie Ellen Weisman appeared unmoved even as a woman sobbed at the microphone talking about what the overwhelming loss the compressor station will cause, and that Ms. Weisman's decision to exclude PLAN NE and elected representatives effectively robs her of any representation whatsoever: she will have to hire a very expensive lawyer WITH HER RETIREMENT SAVINGS. It was very clear that Ms. Weisman has little compassion: and absolutely no concern for the citizens of this state given the iniquity of this circumstance. The DPU's legal decisions favor large multinational corporations over the interest of ratepayers, taxpayers and residents of this state. It is appalling to see someone who has such poor judgement and ethical reasoning in any position of power over anyone. ...(full comment)

Crowd slams state at pipeline hearing

Dump the Pump Transit Facts Help Spread the Word About the Many Benefits of Public Transportation on National Dump the Pump Day Thursday, June 18, 2015 The 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day on June 18 is a day to highlight that when gas prices are high, using public transportation is a great alternative to driving that will help people save money. We know what happens when gas prices are high. Many people park their cars and take public transportation instead. In fact, using public transportation is an economical way to beat high gas prices…if it is available. According to APTA’s most recent Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save, on the average, more than $9,394 a year by downsizing to one car. As gas prices continue to fluctuate, people need to save money. This is a time to increase public transportation service, not decrease it. 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The latest research shows that in 2011, U.S. public transportation use saved 856 million hours in travel time, 450 million gallons of fuel, and $21 billion in congestion costs in 498 urban areas. Quick Facts In 2014, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transportation - - the highest in 58 years. Since 1995 public transit ridership is up 39 percent, outpacing population growth, which is up 21 percent, and vehicle miles traveled (VMT), which is up 25 percent. People board public transportation 36 million times each weekday. Public transportation is a $61 billion industry that employs more than 400,000 people. More than 7,200 organizations provide public transportation in the United States. Public Transportation Helps People Save Money Using public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices. According to APTA’s Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save, on the average, more than $9,394 a year by downsizing to one car. Public transportation provides an affordable, and for many, necessary, alternative to driving. Public Transportation Provides Economic Opportunities & Drives Community Growth and Revitalization Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns. Every $1 billion invested in public transportation supports and creates more than 50,000 jobs. Every $10 million in operating investment yields $32 million in increased business sales. From 2006-2011, residential property values performed 42 percent better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service. Public Transportation Saves Fuel and Reduces Congestion Public transportation has a proven record of reducing congestion. The latest research shows that in 2011, U.S. public transportation use saved 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel in 498 urban areas. Without public transportation, congestion costs in 2011 would have risen by nearly $21 billion from $121 billion to $142 billion in 498 urban areas. Public Transportation Reduces Gasoline Consumption Public transportation use in the United States saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually. Households near public transit drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than households with no access to public transit. Public Transportation Reduces Carbon Footprint Public transportation use in the United States reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. This is equivalent to Washington, DC; New York City; Atlanta; Denver; and Los Angeles combined stopping using electricity. One person with a 20-mile round trip commute who switches from driving to public transit can reduce his or her daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year. A single commuter switching his or her commute to public transportation can reduce a household’s carbon emissions by 10 percent and up to 30 percent if he or she eliminates a second car. Public Transportation Enhances Personal Opportunities Public transportation provides personal mobility and freedom for people from every walk of life. Access to public transportation gives people transportation options to commute to work, go to school, visit friends, or travel to a doctor’s office. Public transportation provides access to job opportunities for millions of Americans. https://www.facebook.com/events/101864993482922/ ...(full comment)

‘Dump the Pump’ with free FRTA bus fare June 18