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Letter: Knew it was coming

Monday, January 26, 2015

RE: “Nuke job losses will hurt” (Dec. 26, 2014): Of course, but with headlines like these in the mainstream press, one of the many facts about nuclear power generation are distorted or omitted. What is the big deal? These jobs were finite at the beginning (20 years). The nuclear industry bought their locations in rural western Massachusetts and southern Vermont with new schools and town offices, roads, higher paying jobs … 0

Letter: Reject this project

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Building the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) is a very bad idea. This pipeline would facilitate the extraction of tar sands oil, a low-quality product whose production causes even more pollution than conventional oil. According to the state department, KXL would increase climate pollution by 27.4 million metric tons of carbon per year. The pipeline itself would cut across the Midwest breadbasket and the … 0

Letter: Cougar column

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Gary Sanderson credits cougar sightings by reliable sources. Paul Beier, the first biologist to study suburban cougars in Southern California, found that, “reports of cougar sightings are worthless (or worse) as an indicator of cougar presence, cougar numbers, or trends in cougar numbers … even people with extensive experience with animals mistakenly identify other animals as cougars …” There is no evidence to … 0

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Letter: Mandates

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Voters mandate following the elections: On D-Day, Gen. Eisenhower did not tell his troops that we were going to defeat the Nazis so that we could cooperate with them. The order Eisenhower gave was to rid the earth of Hitler, his band of murderous thugs, and everything that … 0

Letter: We need a stronger law

Friday, January 23, 2015

Seeing we are the adults and our lawmakers are adults — why do adults have to live by the law? This has to do with talking on your cell phone will driving. Today, a car pulled out of Hope Street (never stopped) went through the stop sign and … 0

Letter: Challenge those numbers

Friday, January 23, 2015

I was disappointed to read yet another article in the The Recorder stating that Entergy must wait until the $665 million in its decommissioning trust fund grows to $1.24 billion before commencing decommissioning — that is, the Jan. 14 article reprinted from the Rutland Herald. I had already … 0

Letter: Ticket to ride

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Having lived around here for over half a century, I was amazed to learn via The Recorder (Jan.13) that Greenfield is an “exquisitely disenfranchised place.” I did not know that. Praise the LORD that we have such an informative newspaper. Yes, you cannot easily buy Amtrak train tickets. … 0

Letter: Learn to Cope

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Addiction to drugs, especially heroin and other opiates, or alcohol is a problem of epidemic proportion that negatively impacts the lives of most people, at one time or another, and also affects the many communities throughout western Massachusetts. Families of persons afflicted by substance abuse are among those … 0

Letter: Match-making for housing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Two recent articles in The Recorder prompt me to ask: Could a homeless couple and a widowed homeowner come together to provide mutual support? Two problems, one solution? Is there an agency out there, whose authority is unquestioned, that could facilitate a screening and match-making process? Just asking. … 0

Letter: High-speed dependent

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The real risk of not having high-speed Internet is that towns and citizens will not be able to participate in a world that relies on fast communications. High-speed Internet service is as necessary as electricity and phone. Without it, our communities will fall behind in real estate (housing … 0

Letter: Speaking out

Monday, January 19, 2015

The thrust of Sunday’s (Jan 11) Je suis Charlie candlelight vigil was to proclaim our belief in and defend freedom of expression. I do not think that it was to characterize the speech of the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper. Eveline MacDougall (whom I know well and very much … 0

Letter: Brattleboro curbside

Monday, January 19, 2015

Responding to Curbside Compost letter by Andrew Baker: Andrew, I couldn’t agree with you more about the great need and benefits of curbside composting. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, Brattleboro, Vt., your neighbor to the north, is going great on its curbside composting program. They have … 0

Letter: Where peace begins

Monday, January 19, 2015

Terrorism: a dominant theme in the news that is rousing defiant reactions of people claiming their right to freedom of speech. But with freedom comes responsibility, and a little wisdom wouldn’t go amiss. Yes, we have a right to hurl abusive language and insult our neighbor. Will it … 0