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John Ward: Vote for Steve Kulik on Nov. 4

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: Steve Kulik scored a victory for local solar PV system owners and the community at large when he protected equal access to solar PV from the destructive legislation proposed by large corporate interests. He has once again shown that his loyalties are with Main Street, not with Wall Street. Let’s keep big money out of local politics. Re-elect Steve Kulik, our champion for a renewable energy future. …

Peter Vickery: Editorial failed to note other Blarney Blowout failures

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: After reading your Oct. 13 editorial (“Find right tone, tactics for policing in our times”) a reasonable reader could be forgiven for thinking that the sole focus of ex-commissioner Ed Davis’ Blarney Blowout report was the police rather than, say, the failure of the University of Massachusetts and town to …

David Greenbaum: Deer hunting needed but make sure you eat the meat

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: When I read the “Hunters Help Wildlife Numbers” on Oct. 15 I had a strong feeling about the article. I think that it is important for hunters to hunt deer because the population is too large. The real problem a is that deer are herbivores so they are eating all of the plants including shrubs, young plants and seedlings. If …

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Molly Turner: MassWorks grant smacks of political cronyism

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: Last week at Kendrick Park in Amherst, State Sen. Stan Rosenberg and Gov. Deval Patrick made public comments after the Amherst Planning Department receiving $1.5 million for development projects “downtown.” The Gazette reported that the governor joked that the “The principals with Archipelago Investments, Kyle …

Sid Moss: Makes case for Martha Coakley

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: I am impressed by Martha Coakley’s concern for justice, not only for those with legal problems but for those whom a compassionate governor would intercede to ensure policies that provide universal pre-kindergarten for all our children, would fight for working women to receive equal pay …

Reed Schimmelfing: Don’t ignore ballot question on corruption

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

To the editor: In an Oct. 10 letter, the writer informed Amherst voters about ballot questions that will appear on their ballots. In fact, the question seeking Sen. Stan Rosenberg to support legislation advancing anti-corruption and election campaign reform will appear on the ballots in all of the …

Monica Moran: Lifting the curtain on domestic violence

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

RUSSELL — People blame Jamal Palmer Rice for staying with Ray Rice. They wonder how someone as likable as the former Baltimore Ravens player could punch his fiancé in the face. They are astonished that Jared Remy, son of broadcaster Jerry Remy, could physically assault five girlfriends over …

Editorial: Sales pitches tool up on need for natural gas pipeline

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Every campaign season, interests from outside Massachusetts pony up to buy messages that mold public opinion. It is the American way in modern politics and it isn’t limited to issues decided on Election Day. Some campaigns, like the effort to build a new pipeline across Massachusetts, face different …

Jennifer Schmittlein: Says Gazette use of “kill” in dog story sensationalistic

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To the editor: I have worked in the veterinary field for more than 30 years and have been closely following the articles regarding the pit bull biting incident in Amherst which involved two children. I am not opposed to the decision to humanely euthanize the pit bull involved …

John McVeigh: Re-elect Kulik despite his role in Worthington withdrawal

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To the editor: A vote for Steve Kulik is an important one to all of us, especially in the Gateway Regional District. Stephen will be a critical person to re-elect to the House with the withdrawal of Worthington. It comes down to the value of his seniority and …

Judi and Kip Fonsh: They are going to vote to return Kulik to Legislature

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To the editor: For 21 years, people in the 1st Franklin District have relied on Rep. Steve Kulik. Who would have thought someone from the rural town of Worthington would rise to be a leader in the House of Representatives? I’m sure most of his colleagues don’t know …

Steven Barrett: Questions opponents motives for defeating Question 2

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To the editor: I support Question No. 2. Having worked many hours as a volunteer for the Food Pantry run by Amherst’s First Baptist Church, I know that had it not been for the countless number of bottles and cans my fellow volunteers and I worked to separate …

Wendy Sinton: Opposes letting casinos be built in state

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To the editor: I am responding to a letter writer who suggests that we who don’t think casinos will do Massachusetts any good are missing all the good points about this business. Having lived near Atlantic City and having firsthand experience with their promises, their exaggerations, and that …