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: Appreciate the coverage

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

We recently held our 33rd annual Solstice storytelling concert … a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Western Mass. and Partners in Health. This year we made $1,452 while creating a community here and farther afield. Local businesses supported our production needs through donations, hanging our posters, giving … 0

Letter: A sad goodbye

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I was shocked and saddened to read that Steve Malsch and Fairview Gardens has closed. It is a loss to Northfield and the Pioneer Valley that a small-business owner has had to shut his doors. But that is another issue. I would like to spend the time thanking … 0

Letter: Fight for Net Neutrality

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

You’ve probably heard one time or another about “Net Neutrality” in the news. It’s been getting a lot of press. So, what is Net Neutrality? Net Neutrality is the collection of rules and regulations that are put in place to keep bytes of information running through any computer, … 0

Letter: An important read

Monday, January 12, 2015

A large thank you for David Gilbert Keith’s “My Turn” column on Saturday, Jan. 3. Keith’s sober and factual explanation of Kinder Morgan’s deceptive — through omission — campaign to have Massachusetts residents and ratepayers pay for, and accommodate, a pipeline unnecessary for Massachusetts, is an important read … 0

Letter: Unfair eviction

Monday, January 12, 2015

Our son and his very young family are being evicted from their Montague home in February. They’ve never missed on their rent, occasionally providing upkeep work (with the agreement of the landlord), in lieu of rent money. Our son, a university graduate, has no job but takes care … 0

Letter: Advocate for children

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Year’s resolutions typically focus on self-improvement: lose weight, stop smoking, exercise more often. This year, why not resolve to do something even more lasting: improve the life of a child who’s suffered abuse and neglect. As a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), volunteers receive in-depth training to advocate … 0

Letter: I see nothing good

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I do not want to pay more for electricity. I do not use natural gas and the fracked gas is not for domestic use anyway. How did Gov. Patrick sign away so much of my now and future electricity bill to a man like Kinder, former high-ranking Enron … 0

Letter: Against our interests

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Prior to World War II, the average pay by the week was less than $50. New automobiles sold for less than $1,000. A fine home on a large lot was priced on average at $8,000. One-acre building lots could be bought for $60. The banks would loan money … 0

Letter: Hand up vs. handout

Friday, January 9, 2015

Recently, The Recorder published articles on “Warm the Children” and “housing the homeless.” While I have empathy for the people in these articles (especially the children), there seems to be common thread throughout: people having children that they cannot provide for. While some people in these articles found … 0

Letter: Green electricity

Friday, January 9, 2015

How Green is Green? I have been waiting for someone to pull the “I use green electricity” in the letters to editor and it came sooner than even I expected. Glad you’re helping to reduce emissions! Fact is, you’re not, really. “Green” electricity does not come from the … 0