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One thing is sure: with a big fat infrastructure project like a tariffed pipeline, that electricity ratepayers will be subsidizing, the last person you would want to vote for is Charlie "Big Dig" Baker: he was involved in "investments" for the Big Dig, (that we will be paying for until 2038). That project also started off at 2.5 Billion dollars and mushroomed into 22 Billion dollars on Massachusetts taxpayers backs . . . now here comes another juicy infrastructure project to transfer more wealth away from families and small businesses to the voraciously greedy .01%. The gas is artificially cheaper due to exemption from nearly any law or oversight, and because we already subsidize it: it will only remain cheap until its shipped abroad and we begin competing with Europe, Asia, or some other nation for our own resource. This will be a permanent and mushrooming expense on everyone's electric bill. ...(full comment)

Gubernatorial candidate Berwick says no to Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

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

Wow, an entire essay about the current conflict without a single reference to Hamas' "rockets", "tunnels" or "terror", which are the actual reasons for Israel's military action, not the death of 3 teenagers a month ago. I think Vijay graduated summa cum laude from the Roger Ailes school of journalism. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

"We have a moral obligation to assist Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in taking back their nations from drug gangs." Really? So you are sugesting that we abandon the war on drugs within our own borders but spend resoures to help other contries fight that same battle? We spend more money trying to be the world's police that we do on our own police. Why is it the job of the United States to fix these other countries while we continue to fail to fix our own? I understand the moral argument, but there is a hypocrisy here that "we know best" when in fact we do not. Lets keep dropping billions of dollars on these other countries while major cities like Detroit implode and our own Springfield continually appears in the annual Most Unsafe Cities list. It is wonerdful that a Honduras Drug lord was put out of business, but I still cannot not walk safely around downtown Springfield after 6pm.... ...(full comment)

Clare Higgins: Nation must abandon ‘War on Drugs’

Sorry mis spoke, what was meant was the events ...(full comment)

Easthampton’s Popcorn Noir becomes The Platinum Pony with new mission but same spunky attitude

Where do we have needs in our society? Healthcare and education. What we need is to bring in millions of nurses from the Phillipines and cheap teachers from China. Lets open the flood gates to help take care of the sick and the needy by lettiing in anyone who is willing to teacher and also healthcare professionals. That might actually make sense. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Immigrant children deserve safe harbor

The Gazette writes: "William Lovett, 80, of Amherst, describes the situation when he was stabbed Tuesday afternoon by a stranger in front of the Bangs Community Center in Amherst Wednesday, July 23, 2014" The next sentence reads: "Being threatened with a knife downtown two days in a row by an assailant who also stomped on his foot left the 80-year-old victim physically uninjured but petrified." Which is it, Gazette? Was he "threatened" but "left uninjured" or was he "stabbed Tuesday afternoon by a stranger"? When two sentences in a row so blatantly contradict each other, why should we believe ANYTHING you publish? This news forum is a joke! ...(full comment)

Man held without bail after allegedly threatening an elderly man twice with a knife in Amherst

Perhaps you missed your calling:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUnhfvGdmmw I am sure that God is shaking his head in great sadness of the people who have turned their backs and protested against helping these children. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Immigrant children deserve safe harbor

"This type of business" meaning a queer friendly restaurant? Are you kidding? Where have you been for the last 20 years? Why shouldn't this business stay right where they are? They aren't drastically changing any of their existing programming, as far as I know there have been no problems with Popcorn Noir's customers acting unruly in the past, and plenty of their clientele buy Ice cream, bagels, hardware, art supplies and tattoos from nearby businesses. It's certainly better than having another empty storefront! Bottom line; If you don't care for it, don't go. Problem solved! More oysters and pancakes for the rest of us! ...(full comment)

Easthampton’s Popcorn Noir becomes The Platinum Pony with new mission but same spunky attitude

This is beyond belief. NB: 'Guerra is the owner of Spoleto, Pizzeria Paradiso and Mama Iguana’s restaurants downtown.' So, he's broke? Really? NB: '“The kids are starting from scratch,” he said. “They don’t have anything, so it’s all good.” Consider this: Claudio Guerra has assets far beyond the average person's comprehension. He can give his children anything they may need, and right now. NB: “Claudio is an incredibly generous man.” The 6500 square foot home that burned down was built by contractors that have not been paid for their work. Claudio Guerra owes these workers, and others, hundreds of thousands of dollars. Generous? I don't think so. The Montessori School should use their generosity to help those truly in need of it. That very large group would most definitely NOT include Mr. Guerra and his family. ...(full comment)

Montessori School collects for Guerra family

"[T]o what extent does controlling and restricting gun ownership prevent criminal misuses of guns?" Prior Restraint is constitutionally impermissible. "The new Massachusetts gun laws seem to balance competency of use — although this is a slippery slope — with public safety." Slippery slope? It's a 10% grade coated with motor oil. According the the majority opinion in D.C. v. Heller, "We know of no other enumerated constitutional right whose core protection has been subjected to a freestanding 'interest-balancing' approach. The very enumeration of the right takes out of the hands of government—even the Third Branch of Government—the power to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the right is really worth insisting upon. A constitutional guarantee subject to future judges’ assessments of its usefulness is no constitutional guarantee at all. Constitutional rights are enshrined with the scope they were understood to have when the people adopted them, whether or not future legislatures or (yes) even future judges think that scope too broad. . . [T]he enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table." - DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA v. HELLER (No. 07-290) 478 F. 3d 370, affirmed. The government's police powers extend only to criminal acts, not ia priorii to the rights that are misused to commit them. ...(full comment)

Paul M. Craig: Verdict still out on new state gun law

We already let over a million people immigreate to this country each year. What about following the rules already on the books? Why should we have open borders and let anybody self immigrate which is what is happening now? No country in the world can exist with open borders. I wonder what Martha Coaxley's position is on this? We know the gov wants to put thousands of the kids in Chicopee. Where does Martha the presumptive democratic nominee stand on this position? Should they go to Chicopee? Has she been asked this question? I'd love to hear her response. ...(full comment)

David West: Four points made about immigration crisis