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Letter: Knew it was coming

Monday, January 26, 2015

RE: “Nuke job losses will hurt” (Dec. 26, 2014): Of course, but with headlines like these in the mainstream press, one of the many facts about nuclear power generation are distorted or omitted. What is the big deal? These jobs were finite at the beginning (20 years). The nuclear industry bought their locations in rural western Massachusetts and southern Vermont with new schools and town offices, roads, higher paying jobs … 0

Letter: Reject this project

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Building the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) is a very bad idea. This pipeline would facilitate the extraction of tar sands oil, a low-quality product whose production causes even more pollution than conventional oil. According to the state department, KXL would increase climate pollution by 27.4 million metric tons of carbon per year. The pipeline itself would cut across the Midwest breadbasket and the … 0

Letter: Cougar column

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Gary Sanderson credits cougar sightings by reliable sources. Paul Beier, the first biologist to study suburban cougars in Southern California, found that, “reports of cougar sightings are worthless (or worse) as an indicator of cougar presence, cougar numbers, or trends in cougar numbers … even people with extensive experience with animals mistakenly identify other animals as cougars …” There is no evidence to … 0

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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

Letter: How it translates

Sunday, January 18, 2015

This is so cool! All the most powerful Western leaders and their attendant celebs joining together, hand in hand, in supporting the right to free expression! Hooray! Even though most of them wouldn’t recognize truly free expression if it bit them on the behind as they stoop over … 0

Letter: A lack respect

Friday, January 16, 2015

A lack of respect A 100-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, Dario Raschio, was to receive special honors from U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden in Portland, Ore. As Sen. Wyden began to speak, protesters in the back of the room erupted, shouting “hands up, don’t shoot.” More than 100 protesters pushed … 1

Letter: Love it

Friday, January 16, 2015

Love it As I was breaking-up and shoveling off accumulated ice along High Street (to make the path from the highrise to the Senior Center safe for walking), a young woman came out to thank me for clearing the sidewalk. I mentioned to her that in the town’s … 0

Letter: Press freedom

Friday, January 16, 2015

We join the rest of the world in mourning the brave staff of the magazine Charlie Hebdo, gunned down by religious fanatics for defending freedom of the press. Meat industry fanatics in the U.S. have devised a more subtle means of stifling freedom of the press. The states … 0

Letter: Keep it up

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I appreciate all your efforts. Each day I look forward to reading the editorials; it’s good to know what others are thinking and show concern about. Tom Bevacqua’s commentary on the weather is amusing and love the photographs. Great scenes captured! Everyone keep up the great work! JOANNE … 0

Letter: Column shines light

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I would like to compliment a recent My Turn by David Keith of Deerfield. The piece, titled “For Private Gain,” was timely, important and extremely well written and researched. Mr. Keith pointed out the abundance of natural gas supply currently available to residential and industrial users in the … 0

Letter: Cowardly press

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Charlie Hebdo, the now famous Paris newspaper, printed unflattering cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, and the prophet’s followers have slain Charlie Hebdo — at least for now. Tim Blagg, and other western Mass. ivory tower pontificators salute the old and ridiculous statement: The pen is mightier than the … 0

Letter: Addressing litter

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I am writing this to say “thank you” to Mr. Bryce Brownstein (Jan. 3 article in The Recorder) concerning the blight, safety and health issues of litter in our towns and communities. Littering is a huge problem we all face with no easy solution to prevent it. We … 0

Letter: Curbside compost

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Here’s a suggestion to Greenfield residents and the DPW about increasing townwide food waste composting (“Composting program slow to catch on” Jan 6): add food waste collection to the curbside pickup. Although technical difficulties surely abound, this is a doable project for a town (city) as green as … 0