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John Berkowitz: Time to end huge fuel consumption by military

Friday, October 31, 2014

To the editor: Every day, fighter jets based at nearby air bases fly low over us, and those giant lumbering transport planes make a lot of noise too. I believe they must stop, and not just because of the noise. We simply can’t keep making war half-way around the world — with all the fuel it takes to run the ships, planes, troops, and vehicles — and expect to reduce …

Yvonne Freccero: Homeless shelter seeks volunteers to help

Friday, October 31, 2014

To the editor: Today the Interfaith Emergency Homeless Shelter on Center Street in Northampton will be open for the winter season and many homeless people have been waiting eagerly. Volunteers have been busy making preparations, buying supplies, checking the bed linen, making the beds and teams have been signing up to serve a meal once a month. This is a very caring community …

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, …

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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 …

Tobi Sznajderman: Protect our planet, vote yes on Question 2

Sunday, October 26, 2014

To the editor: For the good of our planet, please vote yes on ballot Question 2 to expand the bottle bill. Deposit bottles are recycled 80 percent of the time. Non-deposit bottles are recycled only 23 percent of the time. The rest end up in our landfills. Forever. …

John Hornik: Vote yes in Amherst on Question 5

Sunday, October 26, 2014

To the editor: Community Preservation Act Committee (CPAC) resources have been and will continue to be an important source of funding for affordable housing in Amherst. The largest single commitment this year or any year has been to support the purchase of Rolling Green apartments in order to …

Jim Brissette: Wants Amherst voters to approve Question 5

Sunday, October 26, 2014

To the editor: Please join me in Amherst in voting yes on Question 5 to support an increase in the CPA rate from 1.5 to 3 percent. If this increase passes, Amherst will see its share of state matching dollars also increase, allowing the town to greatly leverage …

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 …