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Ms. Lee, through her out of state political connections, is on board with eliminating the environmental protection agency: do we want anyone in our state taking control of a water region with THAT philosophy? ...(full comment)

Andrews/My Turn: Making my record clear

While Whipps Lee got the "business endorsement" this also accounts for her less than full throated stance on the pipeline. Many businesses are coming out against it, and she could have used her position on behalf of residents facing the loss of their homes and having to live in blast zones. She could have stood up for the beautiful environment. What she did was politically make statements, but there are no leadership actions to back it up. It might win her votes in her district, but folks will be gulled if they vote based on this concern. And her well-financed attack ads are deeply concerning given the grab for water everywhere, and this is a concern: as are her comments about roads. The top of her ticket is single handedly responsible for road conditions. The Big Dig was financed to the oversized tune of 22 billion through the department of transportation, arranged by Charlie Baker. There are republican efforts to privatize the Department of Transportation: putting real estate and roads in investor hands. That means road crew jobs will be outsourced. That also means control over MA resources. Don't vote for this. While the media gets everyone in a lather about other stuff, our resources are being biffed while our economies are being tanked nationwide by the .01%. ...(full comment)

Letter: Re-elect Andrews

While Whipps Lee got the "business endorsement" this also accounts for her less than full throated stance on the pipeline. Many businesses are coming out against it, and she could have used her position on behalf of residents facing the loss of their homes and having to live in blast zones. She could have stood up for the beautiful environment. What she did was politically make statements, but there are no leadership actions to back it up. It might win her votes in her district, but folks will be gulled if they vote based on this concern. And her well-financed attack ads are deeply concerning given the grab for water everywhere, and this is a concern: as are her comments about roads. The top of her ticket is single handedly responsible for road conditions. The Big Dig was financed to the oversized tune of 22 billion through the department of transportation, arranged by Charlie Baker. There are republican efforts to privatize the Department of Transportation: putting real estate and roads in investor hands. That means road crew jobs will be outsourced. That also means control over MA resources. Don't vote for this. While the media gets everyone in a lather about other stuff, our resources are being biffed while our economies are being tanked nationwide by the .01%. ...(full comment)

Letter: Re-elect Andrews

This town needs multiple cell towers, first off with the annual fall festival coming up soon, with little to no cell signal, the tourists tend not to stay. For the person in this article who complained about who will benefit from the cell tower. I have one comment for this person, the world does not revolve around you. Second, receiving a cell service is a necessity in today's society about contacting emergency services, using a GPS or getting directions from a friend. I will experience this lack of cell service when I visit next weekend and that is sad. ...(full comment)

Ashfield cell tower hearing continues to Oct. 29

Life before profits, before pipelines carrying death---not the legacy to leave our children. Sometimes NO is the right word to use, and civil disobedience the only sane alternative. The next generation is counting on our courage and resolve, as is the rapidly warming planet. We are running out of time and luck, and denial is no longer an option. ...(full comment)

FERC OKs fast-track pre-filing for pipeline

Um, buses are more fuel- and carbon-efficient than everyone taking individual cars. And NYC's atmosphere is probably cleaner than other cities with similar populations, since so many people there take mass transit, which is all part of the protesters' message. So unless you are advocating that no one participate in large protests anymore until we have zero-emissions vehicles (which probably won't happen unless people demand it...by, um, protesting...), your insinuation that the participants are hypocrites falls rather flat. ...(full comment)

Letter: A burning question

As I noted in Chris Collin's column, where is the guarantee that if this pipeline comes that we will at least see a 30%-odd reduction in our electric bills after this rate hike? We are paying for its construction, after all. But fat chance any of these energy fat cats will put that in writing. This is just particularly extortive political maneuvering and people shouldn't fall for it. This pipeline is all about export, hence its size, and that's not going to lower anyone's bills here. Stand strong, Western Mass; corporate extortion and gauging of regular people must stop here. ...(full comment)

Editorial: A rate shock for New England

The rate hike is just too conveniently timed, almost ham-handedly so. But this still doesn't square with why the pipeline is planned to be so large, much larger than the capacity needed for increased electricity generation. The only explanation is that the gas is for export, which also means that it isn't going to lower our electric prices, either. And what are we going to do in 20 years when the gas wells run dry? But what I really want to know is, where is the guarantee that once we pay for this pipeline that our electric rates will go back down 37%? Try getting the utilities to agree to that one in writing...otherwise, we're still being hosed and Kinder Morgan is laughing all the way to their tax-free off-shore bank accounts.... ...(full comment)

In the Arena: Coming down the pipeline

I love this quote, "We could ask them to take a vote every year raising the gas tax, but I don’t think anyone in this room thinks that would actually happen." So right away, Ostroff has no confidence in his elected public officials to actually do their jobs? If their job isn't to represent the community, what are they there for? If you're not confident they are going to do what they are being asked, vote them out! Don't make their life easier because they don't want to do the job they were put there to do! ...(full comment)

Should gas tax stay tied to inflation?

Remember ENRON? ...(full comment)

Editorial: A rate shock for New England

Fantastic award and well-deserved. Such hard-working dedicated staff made it happen. Congrats! ...(full comment)

GCC earns national green award

"When the couple arrived at the Avenue A apartment late Wednesday afternoon, they were confronted by 19-year-old Anthony Rodriguez and 26-year Ashleigh Judd, both of Greenfield, and two other men. Rodriguez and Judd have been charged in connection with the alleged crime, but police are reportedly still looking for the other suspects. "-Conor Berry, via MassLive ...(full comment)

Montague police: couple ambushed, robbed at gunpoint

The Precinct 7/ Community Relations and Education Committee Community Forum WILL BE HELD ON Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:00 pm at the Robbins Memorial Church at 55 Munson St. The date noted in the Recorder is incorrect. Kathryn J. Scott, Administrative Assistant To the Town Council Clerk Town of Greenfield (413) 772-1555 x 113 ...(full comment)

Forum to discuss increase of Munson Street traffic tonight