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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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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 …

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 …