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Letters

Letter: Tax return special case

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

This letter is for any veteran who read James Lapseritis’ letter thanking Todd Cromack of Liberty Taxes for doing his taxes for free because he was a veteran. That does not mean Todd is going to do everyone’s taxes for free. I am also a veteran, USN Corps Wave, and I paid $135 to have his helper do my taxes. It was much easier than doing my own online and … 0

Letter: Abandoned by US

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

People have been asking why so many young people join ISIS? I came across an article that answers these questions. It comes from The Tablet, the issue of March 24. The article is written by a Lebanese citizen named Hanin Ghaddar and is titled “Obama’s Harvest of Violence.” The article is too long to quote in its entirety, so I will excerpt it. … 1

Letter: We’ll miss Tim

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

For months, we have intended to write this letter but didn’t see the urgency until today with Tim Blagg’s actual disappearance now has taken place. All these years we have subscribed to The Recorder, we have always looked forward to Tim’s commentaries, especially his historical perspectives. When complicated issues arose locally or nationally, Tim’s assessments were often “on the money” or always helpful, … 0

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Self-serving and deceitful double talk. People who believe in "freedom and democracy" don't join vicious, murderous groups of religious fanatics. Blaming Obama...(full comment)

Letter: Abandoned by US

ENRON: and the push for gas exports to benefit private wealth. ...(full comment)

Editorial: State should be protecting ratepayers

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

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