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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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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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 1st 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 …

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 re-election 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 …