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Sylvia Snape: Vote for Kulik so he can continue his good work

Monday, October 20, 2014

To the editor: We, in the first Franklin district are fortunate to have Steve Kulik as our state representative. Steve has held this seat because he has a consistent record of voting in the House in support of the people in our district. He’s stood for workers rights, supported union contracts for UMass workers at all levels, spoken on behalf of labeling GMOs, and many other important issues. Currently he …

Elizabeth Silver: She’s voting for Healey, Coakley and against casinos

Monday, October 20, 2014

To the editor: In addition to Maura Healey, on Nov. 4 I’m voting for Martha Coakley and for the casino repeal. Why Coakley? Because I care about how our state serves poor, vulnerable and marginalized people. The governor along with the secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services appoints commissioners …

Nancy Natale: Doesn’t agree with Ayvazian on Obama

Monday, October 20, 2014

To the editor: I am writing in regard to the opinion piece by Andrea Ayvazian published in the Oct. 11-12 issue of the Gazette. I really dislike reading pieces like this, especially from people who say they’ve been big Obama supporters. Even though Ms. Ayvazian admits that President Obama has been “stymied by a Congress that often mocks him, undermines him at every …

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Editorial: Find right tone, tactics for policing in our times

Monday, October 13, 2014

The message from a veteran law enforcement official was unambiguous: Due to persistent challenges, and the rise of technologies like social media, police officers must do their work differently to remain relevant in the 21st century and serve …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: The President Obama disappointment index

Friday, October 10, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — Seminary professor Tod Bolsinger defines good leadership as “disappointing your people at a rate they can tolerate.” As the pastor of a lively, growing and sometimes hard-to-manage church, I find myself reflecting on that definition frequently because I know I often disappoint my congregation — and …

Editorial: Anti-bullying lesson backfires in Amherst

Friday, October 10, 2014

Great teachers challenge students, but there is a big difference between awakening minds and saying things so shocking a good message gets lost. That appears to have happened last week in Amherst when a consultant made middle-schoolers run …

Richard Brunswick: Question 3 can stop casino mess before it starts

Friday, October 10, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to express my agreement with columnist Clare Higgins and a letter-writer in encouraging voters to vote yes on Question 3 to stop casinos in Massachusetts. TV airwaves are being flooded with ads promising many new jobs due to casino construction and employment. …

Daniel Wininger: Do we want downtown Northampton to look like strip mall?

Friday, October 10, 2014

To the editor: A Subway sandwich shop is opening up Main Street in Northampton. My heart sank when I saw this. Let me count the things wrong with this picture: • The Haymarket Cafe is just a few doors down. They make incredible sandwiches and they are a …

Paul Slater: Sights of peaceful, generous co-existence in Northampton

Friday, October 10, 2014

To the editor: I would like to share some pleasant, heartwarming stories to offset a bit of what we see too often in recent headlines. Some time ago in honor of my 90th birthday my Canadian in-laws made a generous donation to the Soldier On program here in …

Gavin Andresen: Let’s prepare in Amherst for future parking needs, not only current

Thursday, October 9, 2014

To the editor: I’d like to encourage newspaper editors and Amherst residents to consider more creative solutions to a downtown parking “crunch” than building expensive parking structures. One goal of mixed-use, dense development is to move away from the automobile-focused culture to a more enlightened and environmentally friendly …

Jonah Keane: Don’t let big-money opponents win Nov. 4 on bottle bill expansion

Thursday, October 9, 2014

To the editor: At Massachusetts Audubon’s Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, we clean up trash all year from the banks of the Mill River and out in the Meadows. Ballot Question 2 in November will remove many littered bottles from our beautiful natural areas and get them into …

Stefan Petrucha: An Amherst theater experiment offers delight

Thursday, October 9, 2014

To the editor: I want to extend my kudos to all involved in “Before You Became Improbable,” billed as “an interactive theatrical adventure” and sponsored by the Emily Dickinson museum, directed by John Bechtold. It’s difficult to give an accurate sense of this unique experience, but, basically, after …

Editorial: Luck, timing help prevent a tragedy in Easthampton

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The column of wind that barreled across the west side of Mount Tom early Wednesday wasn’t a tornado, but these winds, known as microbursts, can be just as destructive. No one who lives near Mountain Road needs to be told that. Bryan Lamore, who was motoring up the …