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Electricity rates hit an all time high last month of over 14 cents/kilowatt. Expect your electric bill to double and then quadruple in the next few years. A thousand dollar a month electric bill will not out of the question thanks to the radical environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Big Green energy companies like your local utility. What does this do to businesses that use large amounts of energy? Forces them to move operations to lower cost countries like China and India. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/electricity-price-index-soars-new-record-start-2014-us-electricity ...(full comment)

Views vary widely on EPA’s clean-air rules

wow not nice mayor. there goes my support for the next time ...(full comment)

'I committed no fireable offense' Unclear why Easthampton mayor's assistant Susan Giza, who surpassed 50 candidates for job, let go after 6 months

Obviously, there are pieces of this puzzle that we, the public, do not have. However, I can only imagine what a shock it must be to lose your primary employment with absolutely no performance evaluation or forewarning. ??? Should that actually be the case, this employer has erred significantly. ...(full comment)

'I committed no fireable offense' Unclear why Easthampton mayor's assistant Susan Giza, who surpassed 50 candidates for job, let go after 6 months

apperceive? appreciative? ...(full comment)

Slam Dunk

What Hamas is asking for, a lifting of the illegal blockade, is merely asking Israel to comply with international law. Bombing an occupied people is also a war crime. It is time for the American people and the US government to start respecting international law also. No more military support and diplomatic cover for Israeli war criminals. We need to break the stranglehold that AIPAC has on the information that Americans receive. For starters, before 1947, there were virtually no Jews in Palestine for 1,900 years. The Jewish emigration out of Biblical Israel to the commercial and trade centers of Syria, Turkey and southern Europe began 500 years before Christ. In 1947 and 1948, the Jews INVADED Palestine and murdered and expelled the Palestinian people. The people of Gaza are refugees from that invasion. Israel has continued with expansionist war after expansionist war for the past 70 years. The rest of the world knows this. That is why votes in the UN to sanction Israel receive almost unanimous votes. The one dissenter which unfortunately has veto power is the United States. It is because of the pro-Israel Lobby that the American people consistently believe the absurd. When you bomb occupied people, you are NOT defending yourself; you are carrying out your plans for extermination, expulsion and expansion. The people of Gaza and the West Bank do not have an army. They do not have a navy. They do not control their own ports. They are OCCUPIED. Except for rock throwing and homemade rockets, they are unarmed. Palestinian rockets are ineffective. That is why you never hear of damage that they have caused, or of Israeli civilian casualties. Palestinian rockets are a whimper from a wall-in people. And the Palestinians are being pummelled by the 4th largest military in the world. It sound hard to belief, but look it up. Israel has the 4th largest military in the world, thanks to the generosity of the American people, motivated by misinformation and superstition. We are Israel's partner in crime and we are becoming pariahs. We are paying a heavy price. Do you really love the Israeli Lobby that much? When you have been fed propaganda for 70 years, the pathways in your brain are well established. (That is why Dick Cheney kept talking about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction even after it had been shown by clear and convincing evidence that Iraq did not have any WMD). It takes work to establish new pathways in our brains, to overcome the old, false information. That is why it is difficult to change our beliefs even when we know that they are based on misinformation. Americans must begin that work or we will be sanctioned for war crimes. As for the Palestinians, they have lived under a brutal occupation for 70 years. They have no hope. The Israelis has made it very clear that they do not support a two state solution; that they will never give back an inch of the West Bank, Gaza, or the Golan Heights. And the Palestinians will be nothing more than captives in a "Jewish" state. These are not my conclusions. This is what the Israeli newspapers say. Read for yourself. ...(full comment)

Israel hits power plant, kills 128

Brian is a good man, I know him personally, he would not do this. ...(full comment)

Profiting from loss: S. Hadley man accused of stealing $5,000 from fundraiser for classmate who died

novio will you also never forget the racism that has been showing its ugly face at Amherst high school? If so do you also generalize and assume that all of Amherst High School and the town as a whole are racist? ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

part of me wants to engage you in this debate Cathy, but your statements present that you have appeared to made up your mind on the issue and that you feel as if you know all there is to know on the issue, so there is no point in attempting to influence/correct ideas and facts that you have that are distortions of the truth ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

readers of my comment, Youssarian correctly pointed out that a statement I made is absolutely incorrect and a distortion of reality, but this a result of a typo, I meant to write tens of hundreds or thousands of Hamas rockets not to suggest that 6-digits of rockets have been fired in the past months, that'd be ridiculous. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

again thank you for the correction Yossarian, just a typo that made for a truly a distorted and ignorant statement. But by pointing this out are you at least corroborating my comment that this professor's column is riddled with inaccurate and biased facts? ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

you are completely correct Yossarian, I meant to write hundreds or thousands ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

These people refuse to believe in a world that actually is and focus on some unrealistic world in which they want to believe. None of them has felt the true nature of mortal danger and certainly hasn't been affected by war or terrorism. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

What a shame. Even probationary employees should be counseled or provided with training if their performance isn't up to snuff. I voted for Karen Cadieux, but am disappointed with what seems like an arbitrary and capricious firing. It isn't easy to get a new job at 60 years of age, and I am very sorry that Ms. Giza has to face that prospect. ...(full comment)

'I committed no fireable offense' Unclear why Easthampton mayor's assistant Susan Giza, who surpassed 50 candidates for job, let go after 6 months