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Maura Healey clear choice for state attorney general

Friday, October 31, 2014

Democrat Maura Healey deserves election Tuesday to continue the aggressive activism of the Massachusetts attorney general’s office that has been a hallmark of her former boss, Martha Coakley, who is stepping down to run for governor. The attorney general’s office under Coakley has had a high national profile on issues such as civil rights. Healey is well qualified to continue that effective leadership because she spent seven years working for …

Martha Coakley committed to making government work

Friday, October 31, 2014

Both major-party candidates for governor of Massachusetts present strong resumes of public service. Charlie Baker led two high-level departments for the Weld and Cellucci administrations and Martha Coakley pursued wrongdoing as attorney general and earlier as the Middlesex district attorney. Baker and Coakley have campaigned hard and well on issues ranging from the economy and public education to their crying habits. Because they …

Bill Newman: Let science, not fear, guide on Ebola health care workers

Friday, October 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Many scary things — ghosts, goblins and IRS agents — undoubtedly came to your door last evening on Halloween. I like Halloween. I remember as a kid going house to house dressed as a gunslinger, saying, “Trick or Treat for UNICEF.” I knew what UNICEF stood for, but I actually didn’t …

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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 …

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 …