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)
While I am aware that Northfield suffered as a result of the storm, why is it that tiny Erving, which lost its power at 3:20 the day BEFORE Thanksgiving, is never mentioned? Northfield had 18 more hours than we did. Those 18 hours are the ones during which you prep all the food.
You have been known for uneven coverage for as long as I have been in the valley and this reporting validates what others have been saying for 40 years. Some of us are invisible to the local paper. We simply do not matter. ...(full comment)
From the NYT:
"According to a study by the investment banking firm Lazard, the cost of utility-scale solar energy is as low as 5.6 cents a kilowatt-hour, and wind is as low as 1.4 cents. In comparison, natural gas comes at 6.1 cents a kilowatt-hour on the low end and coal at 6.6 cents. Without subsidies, the firm’s analysis shows, solar costs about 7.2 cents a kilowatt-hour at the low end, with wind at 3.7 cents." ...(full comment)
Businesses in other parts of the country are taking a serious look, and in more and more cases, are relying on clean renewable energy. This is also happening around the globe. Businesses that want to be competitive in the future will use renewables and phase out fossil fuels. Now is the time to start. ...(full comment)
Well said. It is about manipulation. They, and we, are already massively subsidizing Big Gas through countless federal programs, which already makes this product artificially "cheap". Export, which is the whole goal of this pipeline (far more than .6bcf) will only destabilize the U.S. economy and deplete recoverable gas more quickly. We will be competing for our own gas, for which we have already paid heavily, with nations that do not bear this financial burden. This makes no sense at all, and Kinder Morgan is hoping no one in the business world will get it.
Or that they will find other folks who care more about profit than their nation, its citizens, or our children's future. ...(full comment)
Thank you to all the utility workers who gave up their own holidays with their families to work in the cold and dark to restore electricity for others. You are the heroes of this holiday blackout! ...(full comment)
Kathy Wilkins is well-deserving of statewide recognition. She consistently has suggestions for new ways of involving students in science outside of the classroom--giving unlimited personal time and bringing in her husband, adult children, and friends to help with her projects.
The two-day White Mountain climb and science study is unique and open to all students taking AP Environmental Science at Greenfield High. The course, in itself, is a unique AP course for smaller high schools to offer. The aquaponic science lab was so unique (originally cobbled together through three adjoining offices in the high school's science wing) that younger children in Greenfield schools visited the aquaponics lab as a field trip! And the state allowed a similar student-run science lab to be part of the new high school's science wing. Kathy's enthusiasm for building enthusiasm for science study has encouraged many Greenfield High students to pursue science in college. In fact, GHS has wonderful science and mathematics departments offering a wide range of courses including AP Physics, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, and more. How great that her limitless energy for bringing science teaching to life is being recognized. ...(full comment)
Dear Recorder editors:
Your editorial on the invitation-only meeting for selected businesses with industry representatives promoting Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline is spot on. Thank you for articulating the problems with this kind of closed forum. Thank you, especially, for pointing out that the way anyone advocating a position on an issue responds to challenging or even hostile questions reveals crucial information the entire public needs to evaluate. Thank you for calling out manipulation for what it is, and for asking Kinder Morgan and its allies what they wish to hide from all of us who are not invited to this presentation. ...(full comment)
Although this proposal may have saved medicaid millions in dollars, it will largely affect seniors who wants to maintain their quality of life and independence by aging in place. And although MA ranked second among states for the lowest incidence of obesity in America’s Health Rankings, they have the most numerous cases of cancer in terms of age bracket based on long-term care information at http://www.longtermcareprimer.com/state/ma/, this budget cut will therefore affect individuals with chronic illness who wished to be cared at home. It may have helped the government but the public, particularly the seniors will surely suffer from this cuts. ...(full comment)