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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, our champion for a renewable energy future. …

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 …

David Greenbaum: Deer hunting needed but make sure you eat the meat

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: When I read the “Hunters Help Wildlife Numbers” on Oct. 15 I had a strong feeling about the article. I think that it is important for hunters to hunt deer because the population is too large. The real problem a is that deer are herbivores so they are eating all of the plants including shrubs, young plants and seedlings. If …

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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 …

Carl Delta: Questions utility rate hike amid pipeline proposal

Monday, October 27, 2014

To the editor: In reading about the proposed 37-percent hike in electric rates by Northeast Utilities, this seems suspicious to me in light of their push to develop a new and controversial gas pipeline. However, also interesting in …

Ed Olmstead: Chastises Gazette for headline that supports fear of change

Monday, October 27, 2014

To the editor: I appreciate that the Gazette has been covering environmental issues and providing an environmental section each week in the paper. We need to make significantly more personal changes and demand that our government and industries …

Karen Ribeiro: Praises entire staff at CDH during her operation there

Monday, October 27, 2014

To the editor: I would like to submit to you the following glowing review of the service I received at Cooley Dickinson Hospital Friday: One does not look forward to surgery. I had already been putting off a …

Barbara Considine: Doesn’t agree with opposition to Subway on Main Street

Sunday, October 26, 2014

To the editor: A recent letter writer bemoaned the new Subway sandwich shop on Main Street in Northampton. After going on about the evils of chain stores and the sanctity of locally owned businesses, the writer asks: “Is there anyone who actually approves of this? Is there any …

Deidre Muccio: BID has helped make downtown Northampton

Sunday, October 26, 2014

To the editor: I’m not a business person or a property owner — I am a citizen of Northampton and a consumer. Recently I heard radio coverage against the BID and others around town pointing out “unfairness” in the system. I first became aware of what I’m calling …