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I would also like to see a space there that could be rented out for parties, functions, weddings, etc. That would nicely complement the new hotel above Wilson's, and out-of-town guests could also utilize the new train station nearby. There are not a lot of large venues for this purpose in the area, especially that are situated in a downtown, transit-oriented setting. ...(full comment)

What will be next act for the bank?

Awesome...our street is falling apart, our sidewalk could kill someone with the cracks and disrepair, but this town is gonna spend up to $400,000 for a few kids to use skateboards! Where are the priorities in this town? ...(full comment)

Grant comes through for Unity Skate Park, Greenfield dog park, Northfield recreation

A replica is not the same... Even with pieces of the original set in cement nearby in a pocket park. It is sad watching the Commonwealth scrap the last such civil engineering feats. Like Lowell's Textile Memorial Bridge, recently lost. More should be saved than Boston's Longfellow Bridge and the Northern Avenue Bridge. Western and Central Massachusetts deserves heritage structures too... ...(full comment)

Schell Bridge ‘summit’ set for Thursday

How about quarter mile gas explosions? ...(full comment)

Editorial: Join the earthquake drill

Imagine if this was radioactive unconventional gas: a rupture or leak like this would have deadly consequences. And given the lack of concern we've seen for the public; that much gas operating under extreme pressure to meet shipping deadlines in the "maritimes" will result in tragedy: likely many. Kinder Morgan has no concerns about safety. They will use the cheapest possible materials under the most dangerous conditions (in the presence of live voltage) and if there's an accident, well, they will pay the proportional equivalent of a toll on the turnpike even if people die, but only if their lawyers can't drum up a case for error on the part of some hapless local. And clean-up: they call that a "job opportunity" if "citizens can organize". People already living along these transmission lines elsewhere report constantly being forced to evacuate their homes while the "representatives" arrive "whenever", and then they are told "its nothing". ...(full comment)

Propane leak stops traffic on Route 2 for two hours

Likely the result of other changes at the school. ...(full comment)

Letter: Vanishing gift?

the glaciers have increased in size as have artic sea ice. Q"s what happened to the wooly mammoth and the dinos? Weather has followed patterns for years and will continue to do so. Why should billions of dollars be spent or invested for a at best one degree temp change in the next 100 years. The earth will adapt to any changes, it always has. People will also change and adapt. I think man has learned to walk upright over time. I think there are more pressing issues to worry about. ...(full comment)

Letter: Messy march

Does that mean that 80 percent think something else is more important or that climate change is not important at all? ...(full comment)

Kelly and Fraser/My Turn: On the bus for change

I hope that Mr. Kempf (and everyone else, for that matter) truly wants to understand the dire straits that unchecked climate change represents. By this specific question, it's obvious that the writer is poorly served by whomever supplies him with information, but the first step in education is admitting ignorance. Even though his question has little relevance to the issue at hand, I would point him to the retreating glaciers across the globe, as well as Arctic sea ice depletion. He might also note the rise in sea level, which at this point is almost entirely due to thermal expansion. There is also data showing cooling of the upper atmosphere, which is evidence of warming, the same way that on infrared scans of the exterior of houses cooler means more heat retained by the insulation. There is the beginnings of evidence of the temperature in changing gulfstream patterns as well. If he is not fixated on the 'warming' associated with climate change, he might accept ocean acidification as evidence of change, or the steady shift in the ranges of animals and plants dependent on certain climactic conditions. One could, of course go on. To reiterate: the evidence this writer and fellow deniers claim to seek is not only overwhelming but freely available to anyone who dares to listen to something that they might not want to hear. I suggest two sources here: https://www.coursera.org/course/globalwarming http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ ...(full comment)

Letter: Messy march

ENRON ...(full comment)

Meyer/My Turn: Getting our pockets picked

I won't even use the word "Coach", Mr. Wilson. You have no idea regarding Coach McCloud. Coach McCloud is all about football. You don't call out another Coach just because you got your butt kicked again. Mohawk put in their JV team, you on the other hand Mr. Wilson keep in your V team. Your V team could not stop Mohawks JV team, thats your problem. Your job is to stop the other team. You took exception to a 22-yard pass from a back up QB, what about your time out call with 2:00 min. left in the game with the score at 42-12? , What about leaving your first team in for the whole game. As a( non football) coach we tell our players all week to play hard, give it your all. At game time you can not now tell them to ease up, dont play as hard, that is not fair to the players all one can do is put in different players which is what Coach McCloud did. Coach McCloud you played at great game, a fair game, you and your team should be proud. Have a great season, play offs are just around the corner. ...(full comment)

Mohawk wins big, postgame tempers flare

Anyone tell him about the spring flooding? ...(full comment)

What’s up at the Meadows?

When you are occupying other people's land, blockading their borders, controlling their movements and the movement of imports and exports, demolishing their homes, building settlements on their land, violating international law, violating universal human rights and generally bullying the Palestinian people, you don't get to whine that you are the victim. It really says a lot about the character of many Israel supporters that when Israeli war crimes are exposed that you want to censor the press. ...(full comment)

Letter: What Israel faces