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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 to farmers. Rep. Kulik has been an advocate for preserving farmland and supporting farm economies. He has voted to fund the Agricultural …

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 rates, and the prevention of countless tons of bottles and cans from entering the waste-stream …

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 to bringing “last mile” broadband to the Hilltowns, preserving our farms, forests and working landscapes …

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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 …

Douglas Tierney: Wants you to vote for Dylan Korpita

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: Voters in the 1st Franklin District of Massachusetts have a unique opportunity to elect a talented, intelligent, energetic and experienced person in Dylan Korpita to represent us in Boston. Raised in Deerfield, Dylan has a deep appreciation and understand for the people and the small …

Tom Wallace: Urges ‘yes’ vote on Question 2

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: Oh yeah, here we go again ­— false and deceptive corporate advertising. Yes, I’m talking about the bottle bill. “They” say unclaimed deposits will end up in questionable accounts — that’s false. They go into an environmental fund. “They” say that the first bottle bill …

Thomas F. Plaut: Berwick supporter now voting for Coakley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I am working as hard to elect Martha Coakley as I did to elect Don Berwick. As a physician I am pleased that Dr. Berwick agreed to work with Martha Coakley. He will increase the effectiveness and decrease the cost of health care in Massachusetts. …

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 …