Letter: Not the only option

Monday, April 20, 2015

It’s disturbing when people are so determined to get their way that they flagrantly disregard reality. In my opinion, WiredWest and/or its supporters have repeatedly done this. Recent pro-WiredWest mailings and editorials have conjured unsubstantiated hysteria to get people on board. One dubious claim is that “we need fiber because there are, or shortly will be, no other options and without WiredWest, we will be left behind.” That is patently … 0

Letter: Northfield’s message

Monday, April 20, 2015

An important element missing in Northfield’s Master Plan is a commitment to celebrate the town’s true heritage. When Dwight L. Moody lived here, the town was a resort town. People came here to experience the peace of our green hills and pleasant meadows as well as to receive refreshing for the soul. They came to experience saving, healing, delivering power of God’s son, … 0

Letter: Off topic

Monday, April 20, 2015

Anyone who brings God or Al Gore into the debate about climate change clearly doesn’t understand science. CATHY GOUCH Greenfield … 0

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Letter: Illegal drivers

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Every time there are police log entries in The Recorder, there are many which pertain to “Hit and Run” accidents. One has to ask: “Why are there so many?” ANSWER: If a driver of a vehicle has an expired or no valid license and/or registration and/or no insurance … 0

Letter: French King development

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The continuing discussion of a retail store on French King Highway bears a short comment and some reminders: ∎ It seems accurate to say that the seven abutters constitute “The Neighborhood” and that these seven parties would bear the impact of the project. Should they bear the entire burden … 0

Letter: Tax return special case

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

This letter is for any veteran who read James Lapseritis’ letter thanking Todd Cromack of Liberty Taxes for doing his taxes for free because he was a veteran. That does not mean Todd is going to do everyone’s taxes for free. I am also a veteran, USN Corps … 0

Letter: Abandoned by US

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

People have been asking why so many young people join ISIS? I came across an article that answers these questions. It comes from The Tablet, the issue of March 24. The article is written by a Lebanese citizen named Hanin Ghaddar and is titled “Obama’s Harvest of Violence.” … 2

Letter: We’ll miss Tim

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

For months, we have intended to write this letter but didn’t see the urgency until today with Tim Blagg’s actual disappearance now has taken place. All these years we have subscribed to The Recorder, we have always looked forward to Tim’s commentaries, especially his historical perspectives. When complicated … 0

Letter: Story of a poet

Monday, March 30, 2015

Thank you for the inspiring story of Sequoia LeBreux winning the statewide poetry prize (March 18). Congratulations to Sequoia for her stunning achievement and many thanks to her for setting such a fine example of the benefits of creativity and hard work. In an age when many young … 0

Letter: Unemployment numbers

Monday, March 30, 2015

The “official” unemployment rate in the United States ( headline figure), was 5.5 percent for February 2015. But the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps track of other unemployment rate, another one being its “U-6” figure. The U-6 unemployment rate includes all who are counted as unemployed in … 0

Letter: Man’s impact

Sunday, March 29, 2015

This letter is not about climate change. There are over 7 billion people living on earth and living off earth’s resources. The world’s population produces almost 3 trillion pounds of garbage each year. One year. Approximately 280 million tons in the U.S. alone. About 140 million cell phones … 0

Letter: Token victory

Sunday, March 29, 2015

This ain’t your father’s bud. Interesting article on medical marijuana in The Recorder. Back in the ’70s, I studied under a psychologist that helped to set the program up in Mississippi. Originally, it was instituted for studies on marijuana, including psychological effects and medical use. Indeed, the medical … 0

Letter: Don’t be fooled

Sunday, March 29, 2015

With April Fools’ Day just around the corner, it appears that the meat, egg and dairy industries have been playing us for fools all year-round. Their more remarkable hoaxes include “California’s happy cows,” “Free-range chickens,” “Humane slaughter.” All lies. Less fun is the stuff they never talk about. … 0