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Workers from BioRecoveryCorp carry equipment from the apartment building of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in New York. Spencer remained in stable condition while isolated in a hospital, talking by cellphone to his family and assisting disease detectives who are accounting for his every movement since arriving in New York from Guinea via Europe on Oct. 17. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Editorial: Ebola reaches Northeast, but it’s no time for panic

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Now that a health care worker is being treated for Ebola just hours from the Valley, some may be tempted to ratchet up alarm about this viral infection. The best medicine for all, at this point, is information. On Thursday, the day a New York City doctor tested positive for Ebola, the city’s mayor, the state’s governor and public health …

Editorial: Northampton merchants don T-shirts to help United Way

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Who knew that a pumpkin latte burger could do so much good — or that a chef’s imagination could combine these flavors? That is a menu item offered by one of the downtown Northampton restaurants participating in Saturday’s fundraiser for the United Way of Hampshire County. For one day, though, the seasonal special at Local is called the United Way Burger. All proceeds …

Clare Higgins: Taking stock of Nov. 4 ballot questions in Massachusetts

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There are four questions on the ballot this November. Last month, I talked about Question 3, the casino repeal question. This question requires you to vote yes if you want to stop the casino mess (as the slogan goes). So, yes means no and I will be voting yes, hoping that this shortsighted public policy debacle is repealed. • Question 1 …

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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. and Amherst has helped me decide what to do. I am going to write in Donald Berwick for governor, vote Maura Healey for attorney general and Green-Rainbow further down the line. The Democratic …

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 …

Richard Kofler: Act now to reduce your energy consumption

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: On Oct. 9 the Amherst League of Women Voters sponsored a forum on climate change, moderated by Nancy Eddy with panelists state Sen. Stan Rosenberg, state Reps. Ellen Story and Peter Kocot and a representative …

Edwin D. Driver: Appreciates editorial on Nobel Peace winner

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: Concerning “The youngest Nobelist brings wisest world view” Gazette editorial Oct. 15: thank you for your lucid and thoughtful narrative of Malala’s remarkable courage and talent in opposing social barriers to the education of girls and women In South Asia. She lends credence to a …

James Drawe: Urges returning Steve Kulik to House

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: There is real progress being made to bring high-speed Internet service to unserved towns in western Massachusetts. A key reason for that is the work and advocacy of State Rep. Steve Kulik. Efforts to solve this problem culminated in 2008 with the creation of the …

Timothy M. Nourse: Please keep Steve Kulik as state representative

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I support Steve Kulik, our state representative for the First Franklin District, for re-election to the Massachusetts House. Steve has served with distinction. I have known Steve for more than 20 years in that position and experienced firsthand his support for agriculture and our rural …

Lois Barber: We need alternatives to current action against Islamic State

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: President Obama and too many others believe that U. S. military power will succeed against the Islamic State. We should know better after the continuing misery and destruction our wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan …

Andrew Morehouse: Wants Senate to pass America Gives More Act

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: The U.S. Senate has the opportunity to provide a powerful boost to charitable organizations like The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts working to improve lives and strengthen communities here in western Massachusetts and across the country. In July 2014 the House of Representatives approved the …

Jim Cutler: Kulik an unwavering voice as representative

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: In January, some residents of Ashfield were notified of a large gas transmission pipeline construction project targeting their town and their properties. I am one of the many impacted landowners in that town and I along with many of my neighbors formed Hilltown Community Rights …