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"The rear end of the car was crumpled into the backseat." Sounds like they got hit hard from behind, which would suggest the involvement of a second vehicle. ...(full comment)

Charges likely in Amherst accident that injures two as car nearly strikes house

I would be too! Surplus is OK,for Highway &Agriculture.& Hilltown . Fire & Police need State of the art,w/training of that Equipment,by the manufactuerer.Surplus is what it is ,Unkown to the user,unless formerly millitarly familiar. I do Agree w/Chief Bruce&Russ about there doubts. I have in the past supported both depts, and ther programs , ...(full comment)

Area police officials lukewarm about surplus military gear programs flagged for review by president

I guess it starts with ice cream and then it escalates to a molotov cocktail. ...(full comment)

Couple causes disturbance at Herrell’s in Northampton, throws ice cream in direction of staff

Man crush (blushing slightly :-)) ...(full comment)

Jonathan Klate: Left cold by ice bucket challenge

"Close to 200 state and local police departments in the United States have been suspended for losing military-level equipment transferred to them by the Pentagon, a new investigation found," according to RT. Among some of the weaponry that have been lost include M14 and M16 assault weapons. Something seriously wrong with this. ...(full comment)

Area police officials lukewarm about surplus military gear programs flagged for review by president

That should of course be "no good deed..." ...(full comment)

Jonathan Klate: Left cold by ice bucket challenge

Jonathan's initial premise is flawed. Most participants in the ice-bucket challenge did not participate *instead* of being concerned for his list of issues, but *in addition*. It also may be -- and should be -- that while concerned, they would not agree with all of his extreme and alarmist positions on his issues. Nor on these issues is there a simple, eminently doable and, dare I say, fun way for an individual to make a difference while contributing to a social need, as there is by pouring ice water over one's head for a good cause. And gary2066's point about pharmaceuticals and profits is well-taken. So, the moral high ground Jonathan tries to speak from does not exist. Instead, he comes across as a finger-wagging scold. File under "no good dead goes unpunished." ...(full comment)

Jonathan Klate: Left cold by ice bucket challenge

But the point you miss about Gilead and Sovaldi is that it was invented in America by a for profit company. It was not invented in a country with socialized government run health care as most medical advances are not since there is little incentive to improve things in a government monopoly. Your world would have everybody die from hepatitis C and AIDS. Gilead also makes the most common retroviral drug that allows millions of HIV+ people to live. As long as somobody did not make a profit. Furthermore - the profit Gilead makes is shared with the millions of shareholders of Gilead - people like you and me though investments in our 401ks and as individual investors. Its called capitalism and it works better than socialism. To quote Dame Thather "You would rather have the poor, poorer, provided the rich were less rich" Here's the video of Margaret Thatcher on Labor party socialist policies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHA7YXsu110 ...(full comment)

Jonathan Klate: Left cold by ice bucket challenge

Thanks for this article. More ultimate stories and photos, please! Two weeks after the World Junior Ultimate Championships in Lecco, another Amherst native and ARHS grad went to Lecco and won a gold medal at the World Club Ultimate Championships. Emily Baecher played a key role on the Seattle team, Riot, that not only won the women's championship but also took home the top Spirit award. ...(full comment)

World Junior Championships an ultimate experience for Amherst pair

Yes, by causing them to swerve into traffic. ...(full comment)

In Close Proximity: In praise of a brilliant machine, the bicycle

No, but there might be fewer heart attack victims if more people rode bikes. And if your rhetorical question was meant to tout the benefits of gasoline vehicles, here's a dark and sad response--Can a bicyclist high on heroin kill two people by crashing into them? ...(full comment)

In Close Proximity: In praise of a brilliant machine, the bicycle

According to recent NOAA data the global ice sheet is at above normal levels. How can this be if the earth is warming? Climate change has become a cult - nothing more than that. From NOAAs website for August 2014 - "Antarctic sea ice remains at a daily record high, and 459,000 square miles above the 1981 to 2010 average." For the Arctic - "Sea ice declined at slightly slower than average rates through the first part of August. On August 17, sea ice extent was 398,000 square miles below the 1981 to 2010 long-term average" If you take the total differnce its about 60,000 square miles ABOVE the average combined. Obviously the alarmists and the people who make money from global warming are fixing the temperature numbers to make dumber amoung us think that the earth is getting warmer. How can it if the ice pack is increasing during a time of much higher CO2 levels? The observed facts contradict their theory. ...(full comment)

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous