Letters

Letter: Story of a poet

Monday, March 30, 2015

Thank you for the inspiring story of Sequoia LeBreux winning the statewide poetry prize (March 18). Congratulations to Sequoia for her stunning achievement and many thanks to her for setting such a fine example of the benefits of creativity and hard work. In an age when many young people are challenged by the lure of short-term pleasures, we all have a lot to learn from her. I was disappointed and … 0

Letter: Unemployment numbers

Monday, March 30, 2015

The “official” unemployment rate in the United States ( headline figure), was 5.5 percent for February 2015. But the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps track of other unemployment rate, another one being its “U-6” figure. The U-6 unemployment rate includes all who are counted as unemployed in the “official” rate, plus discouraged workers, the total of those employed part time but not … 0

Letter: Man’s impact

Sunday, March 29, 2015

This letter is not about climate change. There are over 7 billion people living on earth and living off earth’s resources. The world’s population produces almost 3 trillion pounds of garbage each year. One year. Approximately 280 million tons in the U.S. alone. About 140 million cell phones in the U.S. will end up in a landfill this year. 80 to 85 percent … 0

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Letter: Token victory

Sunday, March 29, 2015

This ain’t your father’s bud. Interesting article on medical marijuana in The Recorder. Back in the ’70s, I studied under a psychologist that helped to set the program up in Mississippi. Originally, it was instituted for studies on marijuana, including psychological effects and medical use. Indeed, the medical … 0

Letter: Don’t be fooled

Sunday, March 29, 2015

With April Fools’ Day just around the corner, it appears that the meat, egg and dairy industries have been playing us for fools all year-round. Their more remarkable hoaxes include “California’s happy cows,” “Free-range chickens,” “Humane slaughter.” All lies. Less fun is the stuff they never talk about. … 0

Letter: Let diplomacy work

Friday, March 27, 2015

Diplomacy is an important tool for our country in these trying times. Forty-seven Republican senators recently sent a warning letter to Iranian leaders threatening to blow up any diplomatic deal negotiated by President Obama. This letter wasn’t just bad politics — it was a dangerous attempt to undermine … 0

Letter: Trail blazer

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sunderland Elementary School might just be the trend-setter and pioneer in promoting cross-country skiing in which other schools hopefully will adopt. Each winter the school’s cafeteria is transformed into a cross-country ski base lodge. The kids can munch on snacks and then venture out on the playground for … 0

Letter: Staying informed

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Thanks much to The Recorder for reminding me that Sunshine Week has arrived. I am usually aware this First Amendment celebration is in the offing to remind and re-educate all of us about how critical it is that we have access to information about our government. Without independently … 0

Letter: Corporate bullying

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Recently, there were these two articles: “Pipeline pledge Deerfield vows legal action against state if survey permission granted” by Tom Relihan and “Gas pipeline foes parse draft impact report” by Richie Davis. These articles underscore the lack of transparency by both FERC and TGP concerning the potential invasion … 0

Letter: YMCA a constant

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Aside from a few years where my job took me elsewhere, I’ve lived in Greenfield my whole life. I’ve noticed Greenfield go through many changes over the years from downtown to government, from schools to employers, from good to not so good and back to good again. But … 0

Letter: The toothless NRC

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I attended the NRC Vermont Yankee Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report Public Meeting on Feb. 19 in Brattleboro. What I saw and heard there was quite disturbing. As in most other industries, this regulatory agency seems to have been disemboweled by collusion between the industry, our elected officials and … 2

Letter: Local urn option

Monday, March 23, 2015

We were pleased to see the recent front page article featuring lovely urns to hold cremains. When families can think about death, discuss options, and make choices and preparations, the whole process of grieving can be a natural part of this human life. The article certainly spoke to … 0

Letter: Enlighten us

Monday, March 23, 2015

It is indeed ironic that Mr. Bates exhorts us to consider the source. When he next feels the urge to pen yet another demonstration of his innumeracy, he might instead tell us what, precisely, he is “skeptical” of. Does he or does he not “believe” that CO2 is … 0