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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 Act surcharge in Amherst from 1.5% to 3%, like most of the neighboring towns. The surcharge is based on property values, with …

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 just a limited number of casino resorts that will create over 6,000 jobs to …

Carter Wall: Lists just some of Kulik’s accomplishments

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: Rep. Steve Kulik is running for re-election to the First Franklin district, and this is a good time to reflect on his accomplishments in office, and thank him for everything he’s done for agriculture and our local economy. He has been a good friend to farmers in this area, and state agriculture in general, since he has been in office …

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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 …

Caroline Drew: UMass failed student, parents in drug overdose case

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

To the editor: As the parent of a daughter who graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst this past spring, I was saddened to learn that if my daughter were the one that the Boston Globe referred to as “Logan,” who was recruited into a confidential police informant …

Montserrat Archbald: Time to update state’s bottle bill

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

To the editor: On Nov. 4, Massachusetts voters have an opportunity to reduce litter, increase recycling, save energy, create jobs and save money for their communities by voting yes on Question 2. If Question 2 passes, the Updated Bottle Bill will put a 5-cent deposit on non-carbonated beverages …

Richard & Floralee Newman: A layer of pavement on Pelham Road restores family’s peace

Monday, October 6, 2014

To the editor: We have to extend a giant thanks to the Department of Public Works. For the past few years, the road in front of our house has been riddled with potholes, cracks and bumpy attempts at patching. As more and more truly huge tractor-trailer trucks use …

Bud Stockwell: Northampton BID opponents short-sighted

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: As a downtown businessman, I am confounded by the shortsightedness of the Business Improvement District (BID) opponents. Since opening Cornucopia over 34 years ago, I have witnessed the city go from a boarded-up mill town to an exciting and fabulous place to live. Property values …

Charles Schmid: Sometimes the world seems off its rails

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: We all have phones, or cell phones. We have certain phone companies like AT&T and so on. We may also have our phone service through cable. These companies promise that people will not have harassing phone calls every day. They say that sales calls can …