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Ella Smolenski: Voting for Coakley in November election

Friday, October 17, 2014

To the editor: What an exciting opportunity we have to elect Martha Coakley as our next governor. I will be coming out to vote for Martha because I am very impressed with her mental health care plan. Please take the time to go to her website and read it. Martha really understands that mental health is a public health concern and that it affects millions of people yearly. Her brother …

Lois Ahrens: Protests over Ferguson outrage have not abated

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I support the conclusion of your Oct. 13 editorial, “The people are not the enemy.” However, I question certain statements you make including this one: “While the Ferguson protests have quieted ...” As your editorial was being written thousands of people — the majority of whom are young African-American women and men — were in Ferguson in a three-day “weekend …

Albert Tencate: Nation should demand better roads

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I read the AP article in the Gazette of Oct. 13 concerning the gasoline tax. The people who drive cars in the U.S. don’t realize how little they pay to keep their cars rolling. In the Netherlands, where I come from, the price of gasoline is around $ 8.37 per gallon. (In Germany it’s $7.86) This price includes 21 percent …

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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 …

Lynn Barclay: Agrees with Higgins to vote no on casinos

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for printing the recent anti-casino column by Clare Higgins. As usual, she has hit the nail on the head. If you didn’t read it, or you need more reasons to vote yes to …

David Roitman: Connect the proper dots over utility rate hike

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: The Gazette recently reported National Grid’s 37 percent rate hike, likely to be followed by WMECO’s same action. The analysis used quotes from Dan Dolan, president of the New England Power Generators Association. It raises four important questions: (1) Do the rate hikes take into …

Carmen Junno: Questions Gazette coverage choices

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: On Saturday, the Western Massachusetts Coalition for Palestine held a rally on the steps of Northampton’s City Hall to raise awareness about the oppression of the Palestinian people. Among many topics, speakers addressed issues including the similarity between this oppression and apartheid in South Africa …

Jeanne Ryan: Thanks Gazette for Lee Hawkins coverage

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for the series documenting Lee Hawkins’ end of life in such a meaningful and heartfelt way. We were not surprised when we learned of Ms. Hawkins’ decision to determine how and when she would die. We read the story the Gazette published last …

Dorothy Hurley: Doesn’t need more sadness in the world

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: Please, please, please, what are you doing to us 90-year-olds? I have things to do like make afghans for the Boys and Girls Clubs, more eyes to put on my son’s fishing lures, more books …

Mikki Nevins: Heartfelt thanks for sharing Lee’s story

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: I recently finished reading the Lee Hawkins series. I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to Lee’s daughters, Becky and Sue, and her son Jerry for sharing their mom’s very personal journey. What a courageous thing for all of them to do, but especially Lee. …

Penny Johnson: Thanks to Loisel, Lollis and Gazette for coverage

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: My thanks and admiration go to Laurie Loisel and Carol Lollis for creating the series on Lee Hawkins’ death as well as to the Gazette for publishing it. I appreciate the opportunity to share in the dying of this extraordinary woman and to feel her …

Mike Cocco: Disturbed by Gazette’s graphic coverage

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: I saw the articles on Lee Hawkins, the woman who died by starving herself. The prominence that the Gazette placed on this article disturbed me as well as some of the pictures included with the article. I have a mother who is 92. She needs …

Craig Dreeszen: Deeply moved by thoughtful, in-depth coverage

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

To the editor: I expect my local newspaper to keep me informed about community news and events. Until the Dignity Project I had not expected to be deeply moved by thoughtful, in-depth consideration of life and death matters. I am especially grateful for the recent Lee Hawkins series. …