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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 First 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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James Drawe: Urges returning Steve Kulik to House

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: There is real progress being made to bring high-speed Internet service to unserved towns in western Massachusetts. A key reason for that is the work and advocacy of State Rep. Steve Kulik. Efforts to solve this problem culminated in 2008 with the creation of the …

Timothy M. Nourse: Please keep Steve Kulik as state representative

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I support Steve Kulik, our state representative for the First Franklin District, for re-election to the Massachusetts House. Steve has served with distinction. I have known Steve for more than 20 years in that position and experienced firsthand his support for agriculture and our rural …

Lois Barber: We need alternatives to current action against Islamic State

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: President Obama and too many others believe that U. S. military power will succeed against the Islamic State. We should know better after the continuing misery and destruction our wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan have caused in those countries and here at home. The …

Andrew Morehouse: Wants Senate to pass America Gives More Act

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: The U.S. Senate has the opportunity to provide a powerful boost to charitable organizations like The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts working to improve lives and strengthen communities here in western Massachusetts and across the country. In July 2014 the House of Representatives approved the …

Jim Cutler: Kulik an unwavering voice as representative

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: In January, some residents of Ashfield were notified of a large gas transmission pipeline construction project targeting their town and their properties. I am one of the many impacted landowners in that town and I along with many of my neighbors formed Hilltown Community Rights …

Janet E. Aalfs: Thanks Gazette for uplifting editorial on Yousafzai

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for your uplifting editorial Oct. 15 about Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, who continues to show the world how one courageous voice can affect widespread collective action and accomplish positive change. As the author Toni Morrison has said, “The function of freedom …

Robert Greeney: It’s time for Amherst to create ‘pedestrian spaces’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: A recent public forum on parking in Amherst elicited a variety of opinions and comments. I would like to offer two items for consideration in our planning for future parking options for Amherst, parking sprawl and pedestrian spaces. In Amherst the term sprawl is often …

Mike Galusza: Saddened by the loss of Dan Yacuzzo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: Dan Yacuzzo was the best man at my wedding. Dan handled that challenge like I know he handled so many others: with passion, creativity and enthusiasm. Dan and I worked together and were the best …

Alice Swift: Wants Amherst voters to approve two local questions

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: Many voters in Amherst are probably not aware of two local questions on the ballot on Nov. 4 in addition to the four statewide questions described in the red booklet sent to voters by the Secretary of State. Question 5 would raise the Community Preservation …

Joe Leahy: Setting the record straight on gaming law

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: In response to the anti-casino letter published Oct. 11, I am adding a few facts that were missing. Question 3 on the ballot is an attempt to repeal the state gaming law. Repealing a job-creating law makes no sense to me. The gaming law allows …