Letters

Letter: Information changes

Friday, February 27, 2015

Schooled in the 1940s and ’50s (Bement, Deerfield Academy and Yale University), young people were not bombarded, day and night, by TV and the Internet. Papers like yours and radio were the source of news. Today, I hold the “blurring” between information and “entertainment” (designed solely to build viewers and ratings) responsible for the growing public ignorance of factual, science-based data on the environment. TV and, increasingly, the Internet emphasize … 0

Letter: Response to barbarity

Friday, February 27, 2015

Egypt’s decisive response to the recent episode of barbarism by ISIL (aka. ISIS) terrorists, provides a good example of how this war must be fought, as well as sending a powerful message. When militants from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State”, (a title I would call a gross mischaracterization), brutally beheaded over 20 Coptic Christians, who were also Egyptian nationals, in Libya, Egypt unwaveringly and … 0

Letter: Please immunize

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It is generally true that parents want what’s best for their children, and they want their children to be healthy and happy. How is it, then, that parents think they know more about achieving that than the doctors whom they entrust with their children’s care? To not immunize a child is to put her/him at risk for not only minor illness, like ear … 0

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Letter: Airplane safety

Monday, February 16, 2015

It was devastating to hear about the disappearance of AirAsia Flight 8501, knowing that my grandparents or any members of my family could have been on that flight. My grandfather had just recently taken an AirAsia flight to travel back to India after visiting my family for the … 0

Letter: Unborn protection

Monday, February 16, 2015

A new Life Conception Act by pro-life lawmakers is being presented to Congress, which, if passed will define unborn children as PERSONS as defined by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and will be entitled to legal protection — thus cause the case for legal abortion to “collapse.” … 1

Letter: Building move, access

Monday, February 16, 2015

Concerning the recent article in The Recorder (Jan. 28) on Davis Street School Administration offices and Special Ed office (second floor). I applaud the mayor’s initiative to relocate the school administration offices. But I have concerns about moving to the Main Street TD Bank building. Specifically, I have … 0

Letter: Anti-smoking efforts

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Peter P. d’Errico pointed out an Islamic state murder to publicize anti-smoking beliefs, in an effort to point out the over-zealous nature of their action. Well, Peter, Adolf Hitler, one of the all-time bad guys, was a reformed smoker and hated it. Under his leadership, Germany started anti-smoking … 0

Letter: Apology appreciated

Sunday, February 15, 2015

I wish to thank Joe Maruca for apologizing for his statements that the Board of Selectmen and the firefighters were to blame for difficulties at the Rowe Fire Department. At a meeting on Feb. 7, he admitted that his statements to that effect were in error. Mr. Maruca’s … 0

Letter: Public needs to know

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Pipeline questions: ∎ Why isn’t Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. expanding its already established southern Massachusetts pipeline route? ∎ Once built, how many will be permanently employed? Under 100 are employed at their southern pipeline. ∎ If fracking is banned, who will disassemble the pipeline? ∎ Why Dracut? If TGPC exports, will Franklin … 0

Letter: Free speech

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I think freedom of speech is a precious thing. Always there, whether in a democracy or a dictatorship, available to each of us, immutable. In the former, protected by right as law, in the latter subject to censure, torture or death. In a democracy the weak can speak … 0

Letter: Public health

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I applaud The Recorder’s editorial condemning acts of unprincipled political pandering to those who put society at risk by resisting immunization. I would have hoped that they would take the next step and support changes to Massachusetts law (q.v. MGL ch 76 sec. 15), when it also allows … 0

Letter: Pipeline poison

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Your coverage on the XL Pipleline, “Keystone XL pipeline fact check” (Thursday, Jan. 29, Page 1), an Associated Press article, missed the major reason why the environmental movement opposes both the Keystone XL Pipeline and any other gas pipeline, like the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, which is almost as … 1

Letter: Differing with rebuttal

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I beg to differ with Carl Doerner’s rebuttal of Tim Blagg’s apt opinion piece (of Jan. 26). Shortly after 9/11, an Op-Ed appeared in the New York Times written by a person of Middle East descent titled, “Go Ahead, Profile Me!” As a person who in younger years … 0