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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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Douglas Tierney: Wants you to vote for Dylan Korpita

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: Voters in the 1st Franklin District of Massachusetts have a unique opportunity to elect a talented, intelligent, energetic and experienced person in Dylan Korpita to represent us in Boston. Raised in Deerfield, Dylan has a deep appreciation and understand for the people and the small …

Tom Wallace: Urges ‘yes’ vote on Question 2

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: Oh yeah, here we go again ­— false and deceptive corporate advertising. Yes, I’m talking about the bottle bill. “They” say unclaimed deposits will end up in questionable accounts — that’s false. They go into an environmental fund. “They” say that the first bottle bill …

Thomas F. Plaut: Berwick supporter now voting for Coakley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I am working as hard to elect Martha Coakley as I did to elect Don Berwick. As a physician I am pleased that Dr. Berwick agreed to work with Martha Coakley. He will increase the …

Bill Scher: Reasons why he supports Coakley over Baker

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: A vote for Martha Coakley is a vote to invest in Massachusetts and maintain our high rankings in education, job creation and clean energy. A vote for Charlie Baker is a vote for the end of Massachusetts as a progressive leader. Massachusetts has thrived where …

Vincent O’Connor: Why he’s not voting for Coakley for governor

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: Gov. “Casino” Patrick’s recent one-day taxpayer dollar, money-shoveling tour of Western Mass. and Amherst has helped me decide what to do. I am going to write in Donald Berwick for governor, vote Maura Healey for attorney general and Green-Rainbow further down the line. The Democratic …

Kenneth Dym: Agrees with mayor’s proposal for tree warden

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I am writing in support of the Northampton mayor’s proposal to appoint a “Tree Warden” within the Department of Public Works. The City of Northampton needs to invest in our trees, to maintain them in …

Richard Kofler: Act now to reduce your energy consumption

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: On Oct. 9 the Amherst League of Women Voters sponsored a forum on climate change, moderated by Nancy Eddy with panelists state Sen. Stan Rosenberg, state Reps. Ellen Story and Peter Kocot and a representative …

Edwin D. Driver: Appreciates editorial on Nobel Peace winner

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: Concerning “The youngest Nobelist brings wisest world view” Gazette editorial Oct. 15: thank you for your lucid and thoughtful narrative of Malala’s remarkable courage and talent in opposing social barriers to the education of girls and women In South Asia. She lends credence to a …

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 …