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Editorial: Questions 1,2 & 4: No. Yes. Yes.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Question 1 on the Nov. 5 ballot asks voters to repeal a provision that would annually adjust the gas tax based on the Consumer Price Index. It is important to note that until 2013, when legislators increased the gas tax by 3 cents, it had not been increased for 22 years. Connecting increases to the CPI is a highly sensible plan when you consider that gas tax money is used …

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, …

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 …

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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 …

Shel Horowitz: Likes Coakley’s record as attorney general

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To the editor: As a campaigner, Martha Coakley does not impress me. I voted for a different candidate in September. However, Coakley’s record as attorney general does impress me. She has consistently been on the side of the consumer and I don’t see that in Charlie Baker’s record. …

Thomas Fydenkevez: Has worked with Kulik and wants him returned to office

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To the editor: I have had the privilege of seeing firsthand the significant good that Steve Kulik has done for the small towns of the 1st Franklin District over the last 15 years. As a local elected official in one of the small towns represented by Steve, I …

Ben Clark: Return Steve Kulik to the State Legislature

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To the editor: As a fourth-generation farmer in Deerfield, I have had the good fortune to be represented by Steve Kulik. Steve has served us well during his time in office, and has been especially helpful to the farming community. Whether advocating for land preservation, Buy Local funding …

Jay Healy: Former representative makes case for Kulik

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To the editor: I spent more than 20 years beating my head against a wall for western Massachusetts in the Legislature. I wish I was as successful as Steve Kulik has been. Boston held out a carrot for us to regionalize our local schools. They were going to …

Seo-Ho Lee: UMass reaction to racism is step in right direction

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To the editor: I deeply appreciate how many people are standing against the powerful effects of very harmful racism at UMass Amherst. I feel that now, more and more people are starting to realize that no matter what …

Charlene and Ed Galenski: Vote for Dylan Korpita, a trustworthy candidate

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To the editor: Nov. 4 is an important date for voters to decide political positions that best serve our communities. We have been lifelong residents of Deerfield and have engaged in several conversations with Dylan Korpita to learn about his views and plans for the 19 communities he …

Andrea Donlon: Vote yes on bottle bill

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To the editor: The Connecticut River Watershed Council recently held our 18th annual Source to Sea Cleanup, a two-day trash cleanup along rivers and streams throughout the four-state watershed. Despite widely accessible local recycling programs, volunteers every year find thousands of beverage containers in our rivers and along …

Jonathan Edwards: Why life left the bottle bill behind

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WHATELY — When Massachusetts passed its original bottle bill in 1982 it was one of a small number of environmentally progressive states that wanted to put an end to beer and soda bottles and cans littering our roads, neighborhoods and amazing vistas that range from coastline in the …

A band of environmentalists keeps watch over watershed

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

People build sheds to protect things. But a natural feature known as a watershed deserves its own safeguarding. One all-volunteer group devoted to doing that for a sprawling area — 665 square miles in Massachusetts and Vermont — just marked its 25th year. The roughly 100 members of …