Letters

Letter: The art scene

Monday, September 15, 2014

We read with great concern Dan Brown’s letter of Sept. 8 with its dire assessment of the art scene in Franklin County. Are we talking of the survival of art or the survival of artists? We suggest that what needs to be nourished for survival is the appreciation of the arts. Art created in a vacuum without an audience is invisibly tragic. Artists who are compelled to make art, will … 0

Letter: Advocates sought

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pick any number between one and 10 and you may land on the number of placements that a child involved in foster care has experienced. These moves can mean moving from school to school and never keeping friends; it can mean leaving a town that feels familiar and leaving the only family you know. It certainly means being shuffled around an overburdened child … 0

Letter: Let’s elect Johnson

Sunday, September 14, 2014

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Town of Erving will hold a Special Election to elect a new selectman for a two-year period for the vacated position. I believe the best person for the position of Erving Selectman is Arthur (Art) Johnson. Art has lived in Erving for a number of years, and has been appointed by the Board of Selectmen as the town’s … 0

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Letter: Bird killers

Sunday, September 14, 2014

In a recent article about bird kills at a solar plant in California (Emerging solar plants scorch bird in mid-air, The Recorder, Aug. 19) an official stated that the death toll, estimated at 1,000 to 28,000 bird kills per year, was “alarming.” In a Science News article in … 0

Letter: Driver’s license returned

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Many thanks to the Good Samaritan who found my driver’s license in Highland Park and slipped it into my mail slot today. I actually expected that to happen (That’s what I would have done!), but it is always nice to see one’s more positive assumptions about human nature … 0

Letter: Thinking of others

Friday, September 12, 2014

The traffic system is set up for people to take turns. On the red light, some folks stop, so others with the green light can go. For successful use of the highways, each of us drivers should cooperate. Years ago, motorist “A” tried to make a turn and … 0

Letter: Smarten up Mass.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Worcester is the site of National Grid’s “smart” electric meter pilot program. The $48 million Worcester pilot has not proven that smart meters are cost effective or safe, yet the Department of Public Utilities intends for Massachusetts residents to pay an estimated $7 billion for investor-owned utilities to … 0

Letter: Search for a dentist

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I’d like to know if there is a dentist in the Turners Falls, Greenfield area who really cares about people’s teeth more than the “almighty buck?” I realize the “supplies” for dental work are expensive. I also understand that the overhead cost are most likely pretty high. However, … 0

Letter: Hydrogen power

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nuclear power as it exists today, by means of fission, needs to be removed from the table of energy options, along with fracking. The proposed pipeline is a dinosaur which will be made useless by the new clean energy technologies such as the LENR process (Low Energy Nuclear … 0

Letter: He’ll be missed

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It was shocking news to hear of the passing of our founding member of MCTV: Tim Lindop. He was the first person you would see as you entered the selectmen’s meeting on Monday evenings in Turners Falls. If you recall, at the selectmen’s meeting on Aug. 11, Angela … 0

Letter: Improving school lunch

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

With the new school year, parents’ attention is turning to school lunches. Traditionally, USDA had used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. Children consumed animal fat and sugary drinks, to the point where one-third have became overweight or obese. … 0

Letter: Homemade float

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Once again, the Franklin County Fair Parade was the main attraction on Federal and Main. What a great event. It was made even more special for my staff when we heard we won first prize for our carousel float. After hearing we won, I thought I should set … 0

Letter: Safe bicycling

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Greenfield Area Bicycle Coalition’s cleanup of Turners Falls Road on Aug. 30. Officer Scott West of the Greenfield Police Department was on hand with his bicycle to direct traffic as we hand trimmed weeds left from the DPW mowing and … 0