Letter: Getting free from plastic

Friday, January 30, 2015

As a member of the team trying to get single-use plastic out of our waste cycle, I find the editorial use of the word “zealous” a very biased comment from someone who has not even been a part of our experience. Also the editor’s assumption that the townspeople would not be supportive of our petition (when over 1,400 signed it) or that it would hurt businesses, is not our experience. … 0

Letter: Electric bill blues

Friday, January 30, 2015

I got the electric bill for a house where there is no variable use to power excepting the furnace uptime. The bill on Dec. 11 was $66. The bill for same place on Jan. 13 was $96.84. Other of my bills have are similarly large increase. So the scary predictions have happened. Then I got a revised bill for the same place on … 0

Letter: Wrong on connection

Thursday, January 29, 2015

In his Jan. 16 letter to the editor, Karl Meyer incorrectly intimated a connection between Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline and two LNG facilities in eastern Massachusetts owned by subsidiaries of FirstLight Power Resource’s parent company, GDF SUEZ. There is no such connection. In fact, FirstLight’s sister company Distrigas has well documented communications with the New England States’ Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) regarding the … 0

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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

Letter: Reasons to say ‘no’

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Approving this pipeline would be a mistake for quite a few reasons. Some fit the “not in our backyard category,” but most reasons benefit the larger community and of course humanity as a whole. Small towns in western Mass. have been orienting their economies toward eco-tourism. In Northfield, … 0