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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

Really should have this type of business on a main st next door to an Ice cream shop. Belongs on the outer edges of town ...(full comment)

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

Bookman's concerns about Gangs or Terrorism can be taken seriously and a comprehensive Immigration Policy could include how to handle the problem. We can track our kid movements to the point where parents can almost know where they are at any moment. The concern about disease is Fear Mongering that the weakest politicians have used since the beginning of our Democracy and can be countered with reality and past experience. We had Hundreds of thousands of immigrants come to our shores through Ellis Island there were people who were sick and people who where dishonest and we have mostly worked our way through the problems they caused. We cannot hide from the realities of the world. Aboli is in Africa, with modern transportation it could be in any other country in days. That does not means we crawl in a hole and hide, we try to build logical defenses against it. So the fact are flawed and probably any immigration policy that is proposed by any party or individual will be flawed. But the reality is we can't get a real proposal past 1st base and it is a shame. ...(full comment)

David West: Four points made about immigration crisis

I'll tell you what but Southampton has recently been giving Easthampton a run for their money. ...(full comment)

David West: Four points made about immigration crisis

A quick response to Dave's four points: 1) Referring top people as being ignorant about returning children to their 'home' country is a little harsh. A person may disagree with your opinion without being considered an idiot, uninformed as to why the sudden influx of children across our Southern border. 2) Bad comparison to a neighbor's house, Dave. Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are not neighbors but in the proximity thereof. Any proof that these countries are committing human rights violations on their citizens has not been shown, and if such was the case, why isn't the entire population )parents of these children included) seeking refuge in the US. 3) Seems logical to me that the parents of children in, say, Botswana, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Ukraine et.al, would surely feel the same way. Shouldn't we put out the word to have ALL their children come here as well? Shouldn't we accept all the children living in poverty the world over come here. Imagine the cost of providing services to all these poor people. But I'm sure you wouldn't mind paying higher taxes to support them, would you Dave. Or am I just being 'ignorant.' 4) A land of plenty didn't get this way by over stressing its healthcare system, it's educational system, or it's justice system. We have NO idea what diseases these children have. We have NO idea how many belong to the horrific gang known as MS-13. We have NO idea if terrorists have infiltrated the ranks of these children. You make no mention of these concerns in your article. Who is it exactly that's being ignorant. I know you're not an ignorant man, but before you write an article larded with emotional content, you may want to include some facts in your presentation of humanitarian goodwill. ...(full comment)

David West: Four points made about immigration crisis

It is not humane to kill an animal in any way, and kosher and halal ritual slaughter, while I agree is cruel, other slaughter methods are also cruel. Best for folks to wean themselves off meat and open up to the delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine that awaits them. ...(full comment)

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

Thank you, Jasmine, for your important letter re S. 2232 which would help prevent cruelty to some farmed animals. Stan Rosenberg is also my Senator, and I, too, am urging him to strongly support this bill. I have written to him about it privately, and now do so publicly. ...(full comment)

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

Why not put them in Amherst or Northampton which are much more progressive communities than Chicopee? As progressives we should start by confiscating the Hampshire College campus for this purpose. If we need to - maybe even the Smith Campus. Step up valley progressives! ...(full comment)

Editorial: Immigrant children deserve safe harbor

Thank you for alerting the public to this crucial issue, Jasmine! The fate of these mothers and infants is in our hands. As Sheryl indicated, these crates are terrible for the animals, for the earth, and for human safety, as they make it impossible to maintain high standards of cleanliness in such cramped conditions. All it takes is a moment of our time to make it clear to our representatives that we want to see these antiquated systems of confinement out of our state once and for all. I hope everyone reading this takes a moment to phone their legislators to urge them to support this bill. ...(full comment)

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

"Reply tearfully" gag, retch oh the drama. ...(full comment)

Carrie Hemenway: Abhors violence on both sides but Israel must defend itself