Letter: Wood pellet boiler makes sense

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A few people have concerns about the proposal to replace the Mohawk Trail Regional School’s propane powered boiler with a wood pellet boiler. Some speculate that asthma rates may increase because of additional particulate pollution. However, modern wood boilers are very efficient and are well within strict EPA standards. In addition, a peer reviewed study conducted by the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital found no statistically significant difference between those who … 1

Letter: Another march planned

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The march to honor Martin Luther King that walked from Northfield to Plainfield over the Martin Luther King weekend along the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline route was a whopping success. We estimate about 300 walkers braved the cold winter snows, winds and below freezing temperatures. While we walked, others were preparing huge pots of warming, nutritious soups and driving support for the places … 0

Letter: The nation’s health care

Friday, February 5, 2016

As a journalist in Vermont and Washington, I got to know and appreciate Bernie Sanders and his concerns, particularly around effects of Agent Orange on veterans of the Gulf War. To my knowledge, he has not mentioned this important element of his record. My more important comment arises from Mrs. Clinton dismissal of Bernie’s campaign positions such as single-payer health care as “unrealistic.” … 0

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Letter: Slavery built on lies

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The institution of slavery, at least in modern times, depended on the rationalization that humanity is divided by separate “races”; “true humans” and “subhumans.” Also utilized by Hitler, this lie enabled some people to justify calling themselves “master” and subjucate others. Au contraire, mon freres. We are one … 0

Letter: Oh those Clintons

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton sent an old frail guy with a big red nose out on the campaign trail. Oh wait, that’s her impeached hubby! For those of you too young to remember, Democratic President Bill Clinton lied his way through two terms in office in the 1990s. It was … 2

Letter: Dismantling WMUA

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A beautiful tree has flourished in the valley. The community has fed and cherished this tree. Children come and go. Many climb its branches for the many views of the valley. They all listen to the various songs and voices from this tree. This tree is the radio … 1

Letter: Council behavior

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I am writing in regard to Chris Collins’ “Rocky start for leadership: Outcry over Town Council assignments” article (Jan. 8) As Chris points out, “politics is a game of perception,” and I must admit that after reading the earlier article on council appointments, talking to some residents and … 0

Letter: Legalized theft

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I received a check for $25 drawn on the Bank of America from the University of Massachusetts for being a participant in a doctoral study program. I tried to cash this check at the Bank of America in Greenfield and was told they would have to charge me … 0

Letter: The problem within

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Greed is one of the seven deadly sins. Superintendent Buoniconti of Mohawk Regional School District has parlayed Mohawk’s budget into a very deep money pit, one which cannot survive without more and more cash. Member towns have handed over to Mohawk the lion’s share of their small-town revenue … 0

Letter: Rating show

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Recalling the first GOP debate upon which Fox News commentator/moderator Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump had a verbal confrontation over Q-and-A segment of the debate in which Trump later tweeted slanderous remarks calling Megyn a “bimbo” and other inappropriate labeling. To Megyn’s defense, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes … 0

Letter: The root issue

Monday, January 25, 2016

Forget about the Confederate Flag. Police violence is caused by the ingrained disrespect for citizens that police are trained to have and the contagious culture of contempt for citizens that police learn from each other. In the last 25 years, police have transformed themselves into the greatest financial, … 2

Letter: Carry on the pipeline fight

Monday, January 25, 2016

Thanks to all of you intrepid souls who walked in the Martin Luther King Jr. Walk to Stop the Pipeline. I would like to encourage others to put forth their own positive efforts toward the goal of a better energy future. There are so many reasons not to … 1

Letter: This doctor will be missed

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Since our son was born in 2004, our lives have been blessed by the presence of an outstanding pediatrician: knowledgeable, patient, kind, attentive, calm. News of Dr. Bert’s retirement prompts this letter of appreciation, especially since I’ve had this conversation with so many parents recently. Greenfield Family Medicine … 0