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Editorial: Northampton police firearms training can be safely conducted

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For one hour Monday and several hours next Friday morning, students at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School will hear the sound of gunfire during the school day while city police undertake annual state-mandated firearms training at a site within hearing distance of the school. At least one school parent is incensed about this and plans to keep her child home those days. She is not concerned that errant bullets …

Philip Korman & Margaret Christie: A bushel and a peck of good things for Valley’s farm economy

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — We’ve always felt that how we feed each other is the true measure of any culture or community. We know that our faith in the importance of locally grown food and strengthening the local food economy is widespread in the Pioneer Valley. More and more people are invested in supporting local farms and ensuring that good food is available to …

Dan Conlon: Please return Kulik to the state House

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I support Steve Kulik for re-election as state representative for the First Franklin District. His strong work ethic in the Legislature, accessibility to constituents and 21 years of delivering for Western Mass. residents should make it an easy decision for voters. He is a friend to farmers. Rep. Kulik has been an advocate for preserving farmland and supporting farm economies. …

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Tim Austin: Upset by misleading ads opposing Question 2

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I was dismayed recently when I was confronted with a “No on Question 2” display at the Big Y grocery store in South Hadley. A “Yes” vote on Question 2, supporting the expansion of the Massachusetts bottle bill, is a vote for dramatically increased recycling …

Matt L. Barron: Coakley will not forget rural Massachusetts

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I’ve known Martha Coakley for 16 years and have been proud to support her campaigns for attorney general, U.S. Senate and now governor. As a North Adams native, I know that Martha does not need a road map to find western Massachusetts. She is committed …

Mike McCusker: Return Steve Kulik to the state House

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I choose state Rep. Steve Kulik for reelection in November. I feel Steve has mastered an understanding of the culture, needs and desires of a huge majority of us living in these hills and valleys we call home. I have come to know Steve pretty …

Arlene J. Tierney: Vote for Dylan Korpita in 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: This upcoming election offers voters in the First Franklin District an opportunity to elect individuals who will prioritize the current issues for Massachusetts voters, especially those relating to the economy, education and taxes. It is for that reason I am supporting Dylan Korpita. Dylan represents …

Douglas Tierney: Wants you to vote for Dylan Korpita

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: Voters in the 1st Franklin District of Massachusetts have a unique opportunity to elect a talented, intelligent, energetic and experienced person in Dylan Korpita to represent us in Boston. Raised in Deerfield, Dylan has a deep appreciation and understand for the people and the small …

Tom Wallace: Urges ‘yes’ vote on Question 2

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: Oh yeah, here we go again ­— false and deceptive corporate advertising. Yes, I’m talking about the bottle bill. “They” say unclaimed deposits will end up in questionable accounts — that’s false. They go into an environmental fund. “They” say that the first bottle bill …

Thomas F. Plaut: Berwick supporter now voting for Coakley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I am working as hard to elect Martha Coakley as I did to elect Don Berwick. As a physician I am pleased that Dr. Berwick agreed to work with Martha Coakley. He will increase the effectiveness and decrease the cost of health care in Massachusetts. …

Bill Scher: Reasons why he supports Coakley over Baker

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: A vote for Martha Coakley is a vote to invest in Massachusetts and maintain our high rankings in education, job creation and clean energy. A vote for Charlie Baker is a vote for the end of Massachusetts as a progressive leader. Massachusetts has thrived where …

Vincent O’Connor: Why he’s not voting for Coakley for governor

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: Gov. ‘Casino’ Patrick’s recent one-day taxpayer dollar, money-shoveling tour of Western Mass. has helped me decide what to do. I am going to write in Donald Berwick for governor, vote Maura Healy for attorney general and Green-Rainbow further down the line. The Democratic nominee for …

Kenneth Dym: Agrees with mayor’s proposal for tree warden

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I am writing in support of the Northampton mayor’s proposal to appoint a “Tree Warden” within the Department of Public Works. The City of Northampton needs to invest in our trees, to maintain them in …