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Turn off the electronics and social media and go to bed. That's the rule in my house. The wifi router gets unplugged at 9 or 10. Cell phones have parental controls. Parents must use them. Parents must raise their kids. Parents must do their jobs. Be a parent. It takes a village to raise an idiot - you can see that whenever the state takes over parenting responsibilities. ...(full comment)

John P. DiBartolo Jr.: Finding shades of grey in a recent school late-start study

Thank you for pointing out what so many of us have been thinking. My kids aren't allowed to bring their electronics to bed. It's incredible how many kids do, and stay up late posting and chatting with friends. And also great points on the studies, and some of the data within. There are so many other more important issues our school committee and administrators need to focus on. ...(full comment)

John P. DiBartolo Jr.: Finding shades of grey in a recent school late-start study

Very well said, and absolutely correct. Our generation is paying for the total neglect that has been the norm for local government and the DPW. New storm water run-off fee? A tax on homeowners to make up for decades of neglect. Demolishing the Roberts Reservoir dam? Same thing. An annual 9% increase in water and sewer bills, for seven years (meaning a 63% increase) because of deteriorating infrastructure? Northampton city government needs a complete overhaul - we cannot afford luxury items in our annual budget. How many taxpayers use the bike path? How many taxpayers drive on the horribly maintained roads? Anyone care to guess? ...(full comment)

Michael T. Ryan: Abject neglect of city’s infrastructure

I like the valley because of citizens like you, bringing joy and understanding in a time of chaos. We shall mark our calendars but wonder what time of day the event might be. ...(full comment)

Judson Brown: Lyrics with a lift: The eternal message in Bach’s Mass in B minor

And apropos to nothing, I HAVE in fact been approached to help make online learning platforms and MOOCs. I haven't been especially interested to do so so far. But it seems that when the market decides that my job should be done online, it wants it to be done online by me. Funny world, isn't it? ...(full comment)

Bruce Laurie: Confused by Supreme Court campaign contribution ruling

If I lived in your world, I'd be very worried about my future. Fortunately, I live in the real world with everyone else. Hopefully, someday you'll get tired of being a parody of yourself and join us. If you were really not afraid to hear opinions, you would join us. But I think your ears are too plugged up with Fox News manure. And the billionaires you work for can enjoy a little belly laugh at the sad, silly little man who does their online trolling for them. ...(full comment)

Bruce Laurie: Confused by Supreme Court campaign contribution ruling

Trust me - your job is going to be done by computer soon too, programmed by a programmer somewhere in Chindia. Education is the next thing that is going to be rationalized this way. Just look at the headline on gazettnet - $30 million for the Nton school department for next year - no layoffs, no reductions, no attempt at efficiencies even though there are probably fewer students to educate. The sooner they perfect remote learning the better we will all be. This again gets back to the issue - should only the NEA and AFSCME and SEIU be able to exercise free speech in the political arena or should all voices be heard? I want all voices to be heard. Let the best idea win. I am not afraid to hear all opinions. ...(full comment)

Bruce Laurie: Confused by Supreme Court campaign contribution ruling

O. J. walked, why not Carla? ...(full comment)

Editorial: Two juries, two mistrials — Is a Rintala prosecution still viable?

Also, Gary, many of the workers who have the most issue with their jobs being outsourced abroad are the ones who historically organize through the unions that you LOVE so much. And, believe it or not, most of those folks would probably prefer to be a union than not to be in one. So really, there is something very "special" about the fact that you feel so cowed by your employer that you have to be a mouthpiece for billionaires that probably don't have a terribly high opinion of you. Maybe your relationship with Hugh, should he keep returning, will boost your self-esteem. ...(full comment)

Bruce Laurie: Confused by Supreme Court campaign contribution ruling

So, basically, your admitting that your political opinions are not due to any real ideological conviction, but because you made a decision to enter a market sector that can be outsourced and are completely cowed by your employer. So you admit that you are a coward as well as a hypocrite. Why are you a hypocrite in this case? Because I'm not sure that the "majority of us" are, in fact, living in this kind of craven fear of being outsourced. For example, the millions of service sector employees whose jobs can't be moved to "Chindia" because they are based on serving American consumers. Remember, the employees that you have cheerfully said should be replaced by robots. So it's OK to eliminate jobs in sectors that you aren't working in? But I'm glad that you're being a good republican and taking personal responsibility for your life choices by becoming a pathetic mouthpiece for people who are much wealthier than you will ever be, ...(full comment)

Bruce Laurie: Confused by Supreme Court campaign contribution ruling

I am the above-referenced California woman who "last year proposed building a small hydroelectric power station at the site, though that project also requires outside funding to repair the dam and build the facility." I will be in Hadley this coming Sunday & Monday, April 13 & 14, and again for the meeting on April 22, and would welcome the opportunity to speak with anyone about how I would look forward to collaborating with those saving the dam and lake. I may be contacted via e-mail to lake@kchydro.com or by phone message to 603-571-5947 ...(full comment)

Plan to save 100-year-old Lake Warner Dam in Hadley hinges on taxpayer financial support, vote

What you fail to recognize is that many people work for that billionaire - like me for one. If he keeps his taxes down, he helps his business and I don't have my job moved to Chindia. Thats the thing you miss in all of this because you don't work in the for profit private sector like the majoriy of us do. As the former Northampton mayor Calvin Coolidge said, the business of america is business. I want my company to spend money to advocate for public policies that benefit my company - just like the govt employee wants AFSCME and the NEA to spend for democrats to keep the public gravy train going. The average new govt retiree in Massachusetts gets a monthly benefit that is higher than 82% of working peoples wages. How is that equitable. Sounds like 1 percenter stuff to me. And that does not include the gold plated retiree health plans. Any way no point in arguing with you since you are a giveme giveme leftest drone. The current system is untennable. When the roads are unpassable because there was no money to fix them, social security is means tested and thousands of school teachers are being let go so some reitree in Florida can get his fat check then call me back and I'll tell you I warned you. The fundamental problem is not the amount of taxes the govt collects, its how it spends it. Increasing taxes on the rich will not fix the problem. You could tax the rich 100% and not begin to address the structural fiscal problem of over spending caused by the bloated inefficient bureacracy. ...(full comment)

Bruce Laurie: Confused by Supreme Court campaign contribution ruling

Yeah, no. "Close to one percenter in terms of the pension he gets." That's a new one. You can make all the labored, cherry-picked and non-sequitor arguments you want about what professors make and public pensions, but that is not the point Laurie was making. So you're saying that fiscally conservative voices can't express themselves through voting like the rest of us? In know, I know, the unions. But gosh, aren't we lucky that now a "fiscally conservative" billionaire can lobby to give himself an absurdly low tax rate and raise the deficit by reducing overall tax revenue. And he can do it by pumping as much money into the system as an individual and unions can muster as associations of thousands and millions of individuals. I'd say that "even you" would recognize the problem with that, but I know that you are too brainwashed for that. You know what's really sad about people like you? Assuming that you make like 100 grand a year, you are acting as a shill for millionaires who hold people like you in even more contempt than those of us who think your a fool for your political views. You're being a tool in the most literal sense of the word. ...(full comment)

Bruce Laurie: Confused by Supreme Court campaign contribution ruling