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: Service age continued

Monday, March 23, 2015

My recent “letter to the editor” has provoked comments from several people. They appear to like what I wrote but imply that there is no chance of an 82-year-old veteran returning to active duty. I am aware that the chance is remote. However, I seriously want to be … 0

Letter: Answers from the source

Sunday, March 22, 2015

If you “don’t get” any of the actions of the Board of the Shea Community Theater Inc., why not ask us instead of staying uninformed about the matter and casting wildly speculative and completely unfounded aspersions? DANIEL KASNITZ Board of Directors Shea Community Theater Inc. Turners Falls … 1

Letter: ‘Good morning!’ Indeed!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

My Recorder subscription will come up for renewal in the next few months, and I have been pondering letting it lapse. I get most of my news online. Is it time to save paper, save a tree, and say goodbye to home delivery? Then Saturday rolled around. I … 0

Letter: Advocating for children

Sunday, March 22, 2015

I read the news daily, and when I read articles about children who’ve been abused by their parents, I do so with an overwhelming sense of helplessness. If these children’s parents are unable to take care of them, and if public agencies charged with protecting them are too … 0

Letter: Fire assistance

Friday, March 20, 2015

I am writing on behalf of the Deerfield Fire Department in thanks to the many local communities that assisted us in extinguishing the grain mill fire. We were challenged with cold weather, lack of water and limited access to the fire. Our surrounding towns as well as those … 0

Letter: Greater entitlement

Friday, March 20, 2015

A couple recent letters appeared concerning Elizabeth Warren and her desire to “redistribute wealth” in America. Yeah, she made about one-third of a million dollars a year teaching at Harvard, and I have seen it in print she taught one class. And yet, another writer indicates that’s OK, … 0

Letter: Pillow talk

Friday, March 20, 2015

I’m somewhat amazed the anyone living in the greater Greenfield area would drive to Holyoke in pursuit of a pillow — I assume that Chris Collins was writing tongue-in-cheek in his recent “In The Arena” column (March 6). Given the rather high per-mile cost of driving, that’s one … 0

Letter: Help with taxes

Friday, March 20, 2015

This past Monday, I started to do my own taxes (usually an easy task), when I discovered a small glitch, which required a 1040 booklet to figure out how to calculate paying a portion of my Social Security money. Since the library doesn’t get these booklets anymore, I … 0

Letter: Support our YMCA

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wow, 20 years ago, my two children were enjoying school and rollerblading through their Recorder paper routes six mornings a week. I worked full time and sometimes two jobs. The hardest issue was care after school. I didn’t worry about them letting themselves in, but what they would … 0

Letter: Working our roads

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Regardless how long-lived and dreary this winter’s display of force, for Orange, one fact stands supreme: We and our roads were remarkably well served! I don’t remember a time — anywhere — in which winter passed, wherein NOTHING disparaging was bandied about concerning any local road crew. Yet … 0