Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Marblehead task force condemns Club Q shooting
Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Marblehead task force condemns Club Q shooting

To the editor: On Nov 19, 2022 a deadly shooting occurred that left five dead and more than 19 injured at Club  in Colorado Springs,Colo. The Marblehead Select Board Task Force Against Discrimination condemns this and all other acts of violence against the LGBTQ community.  The Club Q shooting took place on the eve of National Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is a day set aside to reflect and honor the transgender individuals who have lost their lives due to violence. We condemn the increase of hateful anti-transgender rhetoric and legislation that is sweeping the country, including bomb threats that continue to terrorize staff and patients at Boston Children’s Hospital for providing affirmative care to transgender patients. The members of TFAD stand beside and offer our ...
LETTER: ‘Decidedly unhappy with Marblehead bump outs’
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LETTER: ‘Decidedly unhappy with Marblehead bump outs’

To the editor:  The article on bumpouts suggests that “drivers” are unhappy but “pedestrians,” according to town officials, are happy. As one who sometimes drives a truck, sometimes walks and sometimes rides a bicycle, I'm not sure which category you would put me in. But I am decidedly unhappy with Marblehead's bumpouts. They are poorly thought out and improperly implemented.  Consider the bumpouts on West Shore Drive at the Tower School and Bike Path. The posted speed limit is 20 miles an hour. The Bike Path sees large volumes of scooter, bicycle and foot traffic at that spot. A raised crosswalk (known as a table crossing) should therefore have been installed along with the bumpouts at that location. Engineers should also have eliminated the two parking lot entrances/exits tha...
LETTER: A toast to a quieter new year
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LETTER: A toast to a quieter new year

To the editor:  My husband was born in Marblehead. An accident of birth, he says with great pride. My roots are less glamorous as my family goes back to southern, mid-west farmers. However, I have been won over by the support of this community in my ten year battle to bring a little peace to this beautiful seaside town. Marblehead is indeed special as she takes her place as one of 170 communities across the United States taking a stand for the environment and health. This summer we will see a break from the noise and pollution of one small tool but the implications are far greater. Maybe this brief respite will provide other benefits: *An increase in pollinator plants in local gardens for insects and butterflies. * A few leaves left under bushes and trees for birds to forage f...
LETTER: Taking Buckingham’s recommendations to heart
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LETTER: Taking Buckingham’s recommendations to heart

To the editor: I've decided that in 2023, I'm going to take your recommendations (Re: Patience Bingo) to heart, especially the one about deleting the first email response? Admittedly, it's been soul-satisfying to fire off a clever, witty, slightly insulting reply to an especially irritating email, an electronic letter full of egregious spelling errors, or an implausible response from a vendor to whom I had sent a patient and sensible message requesting a further explanation of "lifetime warranty." The keystrokes are heavy and the prose is—okay—fist-pumpingly direct. My irritation eases once the words are out and on the page, but the fire is still hot and too often I've hit "send" before considering that the recipient—if there really is a human one—might be a lunch-skipped, hunched-...
LETTER: An appeal from the Marblehead Task Force Against Discrimination
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LETTER: An appeal from the Marblehead Task Force Against Discrimination

To the editor: The Marblehead Select Board has set up donation accounts for various committees within the Town of Marblehead for citizens to make charitable contributions. One of the committees is the Marblehead Task Force Against Discrimination (MTFAD) which was founded in 1989 by the Select Board after a series of hate crimes in our community. For over 30 years, the Task Force has provided programs combating bigotry and promoting respect while seeking to support those affected by discrimination in Marblehead. As part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness, the MTFAD requires funding to hold events and programs. The showing of pertinent films, engaging speakers and holding a book read for middle schoolers have been recent events held. The Task Force collaborates each year with o...
LETTER: Net Zero goal is laudable, but transition demands more time
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LETTER: Net Zero goal is laudable, but transition demands more time

To the editor: A column entitled “Local actions have global consequences” in the Nov. 23 issue of the Marblehead Current sets out goals for the town to reach Net Zero by 2040. These goals, while ambitious are also risky. The energy supplied by fossil fuels has supported an ever-increasing standard of living and life expectancy since the late 1800s. Alternatives must be affordable and reliable if we move away from fossil fuels. Otherwise, our standard of living will be degraded. Acting locally makes sense, but we are dependent on resources outside the town and even the country. A battery can contain three to eight minerals depending on the type of battery. Just like fossil fuels, these are not in unlimited supply. According to a study by Prof. of Geometallurgy Simon Michaux (https...
LETTER: Reminds me of dad
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LETTER: Reminds me of dad

To the editor: My compliments to Brenda Kelley Kim for her article entitled "Words matter" in the Marblehead Current of Nov. 30. Her story about her father reminds me of my father; he once advised me, "Say what you mean, and mean what you say.” He gave me that advice only once, long ago, but I still remember it. He was well respected in Sherborn, where we lived, and he served as town moderator there for many years. Tim Parker Arthur Avenue
LETTER: ‘This (reportorial) porridge is just right’
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LETTER: ‘This (reportorial) porridge is just right’

As a one time journalist, broadcaster, avid consumer of news and fifty year resident of this "blessed" community let me paraphrase Goldilocks, "Ahhh, this (reportorial) porridge is just right, she said happily and she ate it all up." So did I. News you can really use. Local to a fault. Professional, pertinent writing with a clean look and appealing photography. A subtle double entendred name. Oh, all that on real paper delivered to the door and somehow non-profit. Democracy and the Town can't work without it. - Respectfully, Jerry Wishnow, Bubier Road