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Letter: Our strategy

Monday, March 2, 2015

The current administration is taking heat for not coming up with a strategy to deal with ISIS. Strategy is defined as a careful plan or method for achieving an end. But if there is no end in sight, as many believe, then perhaps a strategy is non-existent. The question one should ask is not “who” will bring a halt to extremism, but rather “how” will it all play out? There … 0

Letter: ‘Economic injustice’

Monday, March 2, 2015

Elizabeth Warren who was paid $429,981 as a Harvard law professor from 2010-2011 had the audacity to give comments concerning what she calls “economic injustice” at GCC. I guess that goes hand in hand along with her $5.4 million mansion. DAVID KEMPF Greenfield … 0

Letter: Pokey post office

Monday, March 2, 2015

Snail mail ... believe it! I recently purchased a relatively expensive book online from Northampton. Big deal right? You bet it is! I offer you the following authentic tracking of the item from a Florence post office. Before you read the account, please keep in mind that Florence is only 20.7 miles from Greenfield; about 25 minutes down Interstate 91. Ready? Here it … 0

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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

Letter: Woodland invasion

Monday, February 9, 2015

The new Tennessee Gas Pipeline route through Northfield is going to cause all sorts of problems for the residents of Northfield. Co-locating a pipeline with a transmission line sounds wonderful until you realize that “co-locating” really means locating nearby up to 50 to 100 feet of either side … 0

Letter: Easy train tickets

Monday, February 9, 2015

Regarding the issue of obtaining tickets in Greenfield for the Vermonter, or for any other train in Amtrak’s entire system, reservations can be made very simply in the comfort of your home. Note that almost all of Amtrak’s trains require reservations, just like the airlines do. If you … 0

Letter: Human achievement

Sunday, February 8, 2015

In 1942, I was 10 and mowed the lawn for a lady in town for 50 cents a week. I saved the money until I could buy a Philco AM radio for less than $10. It was thrilling to listen to radio stations 200 miles away in New … 0

Letter: Unarmed victims

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I keep hearing reports of unarmed black people being shot and killed. This news lands like a leaden weight on my heart. All I can do is to say I can’t stay silent about this. I am a white person who is really in pain about all the … 0