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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 to agencies that oversee the everyday lives of these individuals …

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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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 …

Michael Eagan: Why does law let casinos serve free alcohol?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

To the editor: The expanded gaming act which was passed three years ago in Massachusetts has been called the best piece of casino legislation in the country by our legislators, some news media and of course the casino …

Chris Crane: Part-time Jones Library workers deserve benefits, respect

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

To the editor: As I peruse the list of Jones Library staff, I am surprised to see that part-time, non-benefitted staff members make up about half of the library employees as a whole. This means that the library …

Karin Olsson: Respect final wishes of those with terminal illnesses

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

To the editor: Bravo to all who contributed to the Dignity Project 2014 series in the Gazette. You have my deepest appreciation and support for shining a light on this subject. Special kudos to Laurie Loisel and Carol Lollis for their incredibly sensitive articles and photos on Lee …

Ellenor M. Rennell: Forbes Library fan praises outreach program

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

To the editor: I would like to thank the anonymous donor for providing the grant so the Outreach Program of Forbes Library can be continued to provide materials to people who cannot come to the Northampton institution. I have used the program for almost nine years and was …

Joe Curran: Northampton BID supporters are missing the point

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

To the editor: I can understand how Northampton residents would see the Business Improvement District organization (BID) as a wonderful thing for everyone. Only crazy “obstructionists” could be against local businesses chipping in “paltry sums” to make Northampton a more beautiful place, right? Well, here are a few …