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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: The media’s cruelty

Friday, January 9, 2015

Stamp of the media: Guilty! If there is a ghost of uncertainty or even a niggling doubt about the youthful morals of a certain celebrity, you can bet your worn-out coin that the press, with its unmatched lethality, will exploit accusations from some very questionable individuals. Many will … 0

Letter: Getting started this year

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I appreciate the Dec. 31 article about the Leyden Selectboard’s support for high-speed Internet. However, one point needs correction. The article states construction might start around 2017. However, construction is likely to begin as early as this year. Once the engineering studies are done and towns have agreed … 0

Letter: Make ADA a priority

Thursday, January 8, 2015

My efforts, energy, education and advocacy for Americans with Disabilities is ongoing, now and in the future, for Turners Falls. “All state, county and municipal-owned and leased buildings must satisfy the requirements of equal access under Title 11. In 1992, the ADA required state and municipalities to conduct … 0

Letter: Cross-country skiing

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Area schools could benefit from cross-country skiing Pioneer Valley area schools may want to take a ski lesson from Weston Ski Track, which is a golf course during the summer and becomes a cross-country skiing venue during the winter. It hosts Boston area teenagers that compete in local … 0

Letter: Economic illusions

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy talk of 5 percent GDP Growth in the 3rd quarter, hmmm? Funny this what the Fed had to say in the entering the third week of December. Here’s an except from the FOMC Release Date: Dec. 16, 2008 “The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to establish … 0

Letter: Adapting to change

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

On the same day, the Vermont Yankee Reactor was “unplugged,” the train through Greenfield was re-enstated. This is interesting irony. When I read of Vernon officials, nuke workers and business owners complaining about how to adapt to the anticipated loss of revenue, I object. A judicious parent will … 1

Letter: Living the dreams

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

It starts with a dream. My name is Charlie. At 10, I’m interested in everything. Life is worth living! Although I’m only a small town boy, this is America. One can reach for anything he/she wants! I saw this travel movie of Europe, and went to bed. I … 0

Letter: Discipline

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I love kids. Don’t get me wrong, but the kids today, the parents can’t discipline their kids when they do wrong. How can our children learn when they do wrong? When I was a kid, I was sent to my room. The way the laws are now you … 0

Letter: Our past and future

Monday, January 5, 2015

A recent front page says it all, almost: this region is entering a new age with two symbolic steps the same day. The Fukushima-clone atomic plant powered down for good at 12:12, Dec. 29, 2014. Vermont Yankee will play no role in the region’s energy future. Step two, … 0

Letter: Yankee economy

Monday, January 5, 2015

Richie Davis’s article, “Study says Vermont Yankee shutdown will chill region’s economy” (Dec. 29) only tells part of the story. Yes, of course, the withdrawal of Vermont Yankee’s large payroll and the reduction of charitable giving will have a temporary negative impact. But let’s put it in perspective. … 0