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Letter: Wood pellet boiler makes sense

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A few people have concerns about the proposal to replace the Mohawk Trail Regional School’s propane powered boiler with a wood pellet boiler. Some speculate that asthma rates may increase because of additional particulate pollution. However, modern wood boilers are very efficient and are well within strict EPA standards. In addition, a peer reviewed study conducted by the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital found no statistically significant difference between those who … 0

Letter: Another march planned

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The march to honor Martin Luther King that walked from Northfield to Plainfield over the Martin Luther King weekend along the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline route was a whopping success. We estimate about 300 walkers braved the cold winter snows, winds and below freezing temperatures. While we walked, others were preparing huge pots of warming, nutritious soups and driving support for the places … 0

Letter: The nation’s health care

Friday, February 5, 2016

As a journalist in Vermont and Washington, I got to know and appreciate Bernie Sanders and his concerns, particularly around effects of Agent Orange on veterans of the Gulf War. To my knowledge, he has not mentioned this important element of his record. My more important comment arises from Mrs. Clinton dismissal of Bernie’s campaign positions such as single-payer health care as “unrealistic.” … 0

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Letter: Making a healthy choice

Friday, February 5, 2016

Thanks for highlighting the serious toll that diabetes takes on the health of people in Franklin County and for drawing attention to the excellent work that the YMCA is doing in partnership with the Community Health Center and others to reduce the impact of this disease. The best … 0

Letter: I’ve had enough

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Enough is enough! Why is it that the more you pay for cable, the more stupid commercials they put in? Yes, I said stupid. If they put anymore in, they won’t have room for anything else. And why is it the more they try to take guns off … 0

Letter: Performance space

Thursday, February 4, 2016

I was inspired after the excellent coverage of the Shea to re-think the proposed use of Turners Falls’ “mini park” — for a sculpture. I sent the following to Susan LoManto, director of RiverCulture: Seeing the upcoming and exciting celebration for Black History, recognizing RiverCulture’s impact, and the … 0

Letter: Registering for primary

Thursday, February 4, 2016

If you want to vote in the presidential primary on March 1, you must be a registered voter where you live by Feb. 10. Contact your town hall or town clerk for hours to register before Feb. 10. Of course each town’s website will also have this information. … 0

Letter: A senior center only

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The headlines announce: Town Council votes for money for design phase of new senior center. We seniors are more than delighted; so excited — at long last things will move on with an actual end date in sight. But now — those who are new to the many … 1

Letter: How it works

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

There is a long festering problem exposed in the story of collusion regarding the unfortunate incident at Clarkdale Farm with the tipped over portable toilet. The predicted outcome is a settlement out of court between the insurers of Clarkdale and the portable toilet companies with the plaintiff. The … 0

Letter: Holes in smart-gun article

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An article run on Jan. 22 extolled the supposed benefits of so-called “smart” guns and claimed that a majority of American gun owners would be happy to embrace the technology. Unfortunately, the article missed several important facts. First, the study purporting to show widespread support for “smart” guns … 0

Letter: Don’t retire now

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An open letter to Sen. Benjamin Downing: I was so disappointed to see in the newspaper that you, Sen. Downing, were planning to RETIRE. We desperately need your help to have a chance to hold the line and pass environmentally progressive legislation! I have been working on divestment … 0

Letter: Love Real Pickles

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

As reported in the Jan. 25 issue of The Recorder, Real Pickles, a local, home-grown business, once again won a national award at the Good Food Awards in San Francisco for their organic garlic dills. We should all be proud of Real Pickles, a real success. The article … 0

Letter: Appreciated support

Monday, February 1, 2016

On behalf of Boy Scout Troop 5 of Greenfield, I would like to thank Dolly Gagnon and The Recorder for supporting the troop during its can-and-bottle drive the weekends of Jan. 2 and 9. We appreciate the information you shared in your column about the bottle-and-can drive. The … 0