The Recorder is starting to become my favorite newspaper. I think it is great that the two of you took the time to write this wonderful piece and that the Recorder recognized a good thing and printed it. I think the Christmas truce is the most remarkable event in human history. It is a shame that so few people know about it. There is at least one children's book about the event, which in some places along the line lasted for several months. The book is by John McCutcheon and is called Christmas in the Trenches. The Book includes a CD with a song telling the story of Christmas eve with a young German singing Stille Nacht and the English troops joining in singing Silent Night. The evening ended with exchanging treats from home and showing each other photographs. My dream is to one day start a foundation with the goal of providing a copy of this book to every library in the country. By an amazing coincidence, I nearly missed this column. I was too busy Wednesday morning making a CD for a German-American friend which I entitled The Christmas Truce. The CD started with Stille Nacht and then two songs about the truce: the aforementioned Christmas in the Trenches, and Christmas 1914 by Mike Harding. When I gave him the CD, my friend seemed quite surprised and very interested. Although he is in his late 70s, my friend apparently didn't know about the truce and as I explained it, he seemed eager to learn more. I will make about 20 copies of this column and give or mail one of them to all my friends. I am sorry that I didn't see it until after I mailed out my Christmas cards. I would have included a copy with each card. Thank you Pat and Frances for taking the time and energy to write this article. ...(full comment)

Hynes and Crowe/My Turn: ‘Christmas Truce’ signified truth

I'm looking for the story on the basketball game Thursday Dec. 18 between the Grreen Wave men of Greenfield High School and the Pioneers ...(full comment)

Hands-on coaching

Who is Brown? ...(full comment)

Cosby briefly breaks silence

The pipeline will carry 2.2 Billion cubic feet per day, not 2.2 million. Sorry about my crummy cell phone--I had a feeling it would be easy to hear that wrong. Thanks for covering this important issue. ...(full comment)

Deerfield wants pipeline ‘royalty’ legislation

Debbie, who wants to live near a power plant? If anything, a power plant in that location burning fossil fuels all day will lower surrounding property values, reducing tax revenue. And energy companies, like all multi-national corporations these days, always find a way not to pay taxes, usually by threatening to take away jobs. It'd be a wash, at best. Fossil fuels like natural gas are the energy of the past; we need to invest in energy sources of the future, because eventually, the gas will run out, if our drinking water isn't poisoned first. ...(full comment)

New coalition forms to fight pipeline

Here is a thought, maybe wait until you have an established safety net for children (maybe marriage would also help).She could still be in Arizona in school or maybe in her career. It may be harsh, but the government gets their money from the people and a lot of people are having a hard time in the Obama economy. People making bad choices are making hard on everybody. ...(full comment)

Newly homeless mom and newborn make best of bad situation far from family

The Gospel of John was in fact the last to be written, and I apologize for the error. I was thinking of Pauline epistles, written earlier than Matthew and Luke, which did not mention either the virgin birth or any other aspect of the nativity fables. ...(full comment)

Letter: Foolish insistence

It really too bad people can't see the great benefit to the tax rate, the jobs increase the possibility of clean natural gas power plants. I would love to see a new power plant right by the Rail Yard in Deerfield. A compressor site worth millions of dollars would help the town tax rate for years. We need to welcome this pipe line, not stop it. ...(full comment)

New coalition forms to fight pipeline

Karen, I think maybe their wording is a shorthand for "getting them the help they need, addressing their concerns" etc. Maybe we should read into it that they DO understand all the needs, want to help them....not that they just want to physically put them somewhere different. Let's hope so, anyway. ...(full comment)

Letter: Sad approach

I love the image that whole families go, on their knees, to the altar to offer their prayers. It's an embodiment of what I do when I speak a prayer in our more conservative church... I envision my prayers going to the altar and thenceforth being taken, by the combined powers that be, to wherever they're needed. ...(full comment)

Brown/My Turn: Brotherly invitation

How about interviewing Mark Zaccheo to see what he had in mind? Sounds like G'field may instead have yet another "let's drag out the junk from grandma's attic" crap shack. Hope I'm wrong! ...(full comment)

Two small Greenfield storefronts sold to unknown buyer

This is a wonderful piece and a fitting testament to a great citizen I am ashamed to say, I knew little about. They don't make folks like her anymore. If Congress had more Barbara Tillmanns in it, this country would be back on track. Thanks for sharing this. ...(full comment)

In the Arena: She loved Greenfield

bluebird does not have a clue. who was murdered for the smallest infraction? When O J Simpson murdered 2 people and was let off, did anyone riot? No, why was that. How many of the last 50 police officers killed, were killed by black men? Is there an open season on killing police officers by black men? I think if you look at the statistics you will find the correct answers and stop writing things that are not true. Or move to the inner city somewhere and after six months tell us what you have learned. ...(full comment)

Letter: The Ferguson ‘show’