Tom Finnell

‘Where do I sign up?’

“Some locals claim that individuals are collecting from $250 to $400 or more per person per day.” Wow! Where do I sign up?

Homelessness isn't necessarily a result of drug-and-alcohol-induced behaviors. A sober friend recently became homeless when his landlord sold the house. He couldn't find a suitable accommodation in Brattleboro and was living in his car. He's now working and living in Lebanon, N.H.

The opioid epidemic could be ended overnight simply by legalizing these drugs. This strategy has never failed wherever it has been tried. However, its very illegality results in enormous profits for those well-positioned.

Bennington had an ordinance banning panhandling - “Improper Use of Public Way and Abatement of Public Nuisances” - that dealt with “aggressive manner” and soliciting. They repealed it last September.

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Guns: a federal problem in need of a federal solution

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” To “keep arms” means to “have weapons,” to “bear arms” means to carry them.

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The only explanation

Right on, Yada Claassen. The official story of the Sept. 11 attacks, which is itself a “conspiracy theory,” is the least believable of all the stories we have heard. Some form of controlled demolition is the only explanation that matches what we see in the videos. If we ever...

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Access to electric grid means potential for data centers

This article about the proposed Vernon gas plant has stimulated much thinking. Ever since Yankee announced closure, many wondered what, if anything, would replace it. It's a wonderful opportunity for investors who can successfully answer that question. The existing (and newly renovated) switchyard pictured in the article constitutes an “injection point” where up to a gigawatt of electricity can be supplied to the grid for distribution over already robust transmission lines to markets in New England, New York, and even...

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Knotweed as biomass?

RE: “In defense of knotweed” [Viewpoint, May 29]: Where I used to live, most of my yard was knotweed; I've always liked it. It's actually an attractive bush, especially when it blooms. The idea of using knotweed as biomass intrigues me. I can see a cottage industry of independent gatherers springing up to generate heat and power locally.

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BHA: Nothing is off the table

RE: “Eight possible sites for public housing” [July 25]: We started with a list, compiled by Stevens & Associates, of properties that might be available and were considered worth studying. Most were removed from the list because they were too expensive, too far from services, too hilly, no water, and other such reasons. The eight “survivors” will be carefully vetted, with a rough development plan provided for each. No decisions have been made at this time. As BHA Executive Director...

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