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To think schooling our children is Government mandated! Why are there always cuts instead of ways to earn. Cutting jobs and the livelihood of our locals should be the last thing on the table. Open a restaurant, start a clothing line,... use your noodle. Did you really go to college? ...(full comment)

Gill-Montague School District plans cuts

Not exactly an abominable snowfall, but a tasty visual treat nonetheless! ...(full comment)

Winter storm Juno: A Robot’s Tale

Waste of town monies that could be much better utilized. Why in the world would the town demoloish an existing downtown location behind the town hall and throw money at leasing a space that has been determined uninhabitable due to structural breakdown. #Gimme-A-Break ...(full comment)

Greenfield considers small police substation

Would this system use the existing Comcast cable or require each house to be separately wired? ...(full comment)

Greenfield hopes to add Internet service to municipal utility

What are the restrictions on development of this parcel, if any? ...(full comment)

Hadley farmland set for auction after bistro fails

At times, the activist community suffers from a sense of self-righteous entitlement in which consideration for others is less important that their message. In this regard, those who disrupted the honoring ceremony differ little in attitude from the Westboro Baptist Church's anti-gay protests at funerals. Not only is it inappropriate, but such tactics are self-defeating. Instead of raising consciousness about a necessary issue, such activists come off as rude, selfish and self-centered. ...(full comment)

Alpert/My Turn: Protest appropriate

This is a well researched article on the costs of the pipeline. Why should we, the electricity customers of New England, pay for a privately owned company's infrastructure? After all they are not going to divide the profits evenly between us all! We have to keep our legislators up to date on this and let them know not to approve the use of private and public land for this use. There's also got to be a better way to provide jobs. This is a time of innovation in electricity generation - lets spend the time and money developing better earth-and people friendly sources. ...(full comment)

Keith/My Turn: For private gain

Pat- Thanks for the lovely review of Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, 10th Anniversary Edition. It is magical what happens when gardeners learn to design the garden from the 'inside and out', utilizing the skills that I teach through the 7 Stages of Creative Awakening. The greatest gift that gardeners can give themselves is to let go of control and unleash their imagination and playfulness. If you learn to do that, creativity -in the garden and in life- germinates. Happy gardening for 2015! Fran Sorin ...(full comment)

Between the Rows: ‘Digging Deep’

Waksman has been rewriting the science of vinyl records here. That's too bad, because he had some useful info too. HOWEVER, stereo LPs good NOT come about by adding a second set of grooves and a second needle as Waksman said. Instead, grooves and the needle/cartridge apparatus were adapted so that one channel registers in up/down motions and the other in backhand forth motion. It's even a bit more complex than that, but there is ONE needle and ONE groove. ...(full comment)

What the heck is an album & why would I want one?

My grandparents were actually married for 62 years. Amazing! ...(full comment)

Northfield’s oldest resident presented Boston Post cane

Don't mind sharing the joy with the rail fans but, whats this “I hate the bus,”. The train will never meet our public transportation needs as well or economically as the bus ! Riding the bus is like a stroll though your neighborhood. And the the routes can be changed to meet local demands way easier. Please reconsider your view of a local treasure. ...(full comment)

Ticket to ride: Greenfield transplant looks forward to hopping train home from New York

And what happens if they * don't * add those 50 jobs? Where is the oversight/enforcement? Remember what happened with that company in Orange, who didn't even bother to respond when the town asked about their job creation after they received a tax break. And if they don't get the tax break, is it really plausible that they'd get up and move all these properties they've invested in? It'd probably cost them more to do that than they'd get in the tax reduction. I'm becoming very weary of this routine...and I especially feel this way after reviewing our ridiculous residential property tax bill for 2015.... ...(full comment)

Argotec seeks tax break for adding jobs

“With past recoveries, we’re used to having enough revenues to make up for previous cuts during recessions, ma href="http://www.usa.topstories.me"aaybe add a little to programs here and there. I don’t think that’s going to be the case with this recovery, and maybe never again,” said Widmer. ...(full comment)

‘New reality’ looms for state’s economy