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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 … 0

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: Y’s Child Watch

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

This past summer, there was concern that the Greenfield YMCA Child Watch program would be curtailed. In this time of new year’s resolutions, I would like to remind the parents of young children in the area that it is still available and is still a great value. Child … 0

Letter: Connected to new generation

Monday, January 18, 2016

It’s tough to believe it was nearly eight years ago when then-Sen. Barack Obama’s groundbreaking campaign taught us all what could be achieved when a political dream, coupled with digital innovation, energized and engaged millennials in the civic process. For a long time, it seemed as though Beacon … 0

Letter: Climate change happens with or without humans

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Al Gore and his take on “Manmade Global Warming” has everyone’s knickers tied in a knot. I’m in the process of interviewing schools to see what students are taught about subjects like the history of the planet. Prehistoric science, meteor strikes, methane spewing from the ocean floor, volcanoes … 1

Letter: Thanks for supporting Sawmill River 10k Run

Sunday, January 17, 2016

On Jan. 1, Montague Parks & Recreation held its annual Sawmill River 10K run in Montague Center. Approximately 178 runners from the entire region participated in this major fund-raising event that supports our Sponsor-A-Child Scholarship Program. The race would not have been possible without the investment of time, … 0

Letter: Pipeline won’t solve problems

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Pipeline won’t solve problems Of late we’ve heard a wee bit of support for the NED pipeline, why: comes down to “we need jobs” or “Energy too expensive” — SO a big company will solve it with a big project. Greenfield needs Big Box store, why: shopping too … 0

Letter: Worth the money

Friday, January 15, 2016

“OUCH,” I’ve got to say about the switch to a flat rate for all the seven FRTA fixed routes. For me, the change means that I will pay a dime more for my primary trips on Route 22 between Turners Falls and Greenfield. Ouch. But the FRTA ouch … 0

Letter: A true professional

Friday, January 15, 2016

Last week, I happened to be in the Greenfield Small Claims Court on two different occasions. While few people would choose to spend their free time in a courtroom, I would encourage you to take a moment to observe a public servant who is a true professional and … 0

Letter: Heed this warning

Thursday, January 14, 2016

We must heed the revolutionary speech warning. The revolutionary speech I’m referring to is taken from the 2006 movie, “V for Vendetta.” Search online: “V for Vendetta The Revolutionary Speech” — YouTube or search for the speech in written form. If one were to listen to this lecture … 0

Letter: A most basic civil right

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Abigail Thernstrom of Massachusetts, a recognized conservative authority on the Voting Rights Act, wrote in a 2014 report, The Civil Rights Implications of Eminent Domain Abuse: “Property rights and the protection of those rights represent one of our most basic civil rights and should be treated as such.” … 0

Letter: Decoration critique

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Now that Christmas is over, I’d like to make a suggestion regarding Christmas decorations in downtown Greenfield. Apparently, a few years ago, someone in charge of these things decided that Greenfield needed to spruce up the Christmas decorations on Main and Federal streets and someone was hired to … 1