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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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Lois Barber: We need alternatives to current action against Islamic State

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: President Obama and too many others believe that U. S. military power will succeed against the Islamic State. We should know better after the continuing misery and destruction our wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan …

Andrew Morehouse: Wants Senate to pass America Gives More Act

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: The U.S. Senate has the opportunity to provide a powerful boost to charitable organizations like The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts working to improve lives and strengthen communities here in western Massachusetts and across the country. In July 2014 the House of Representatives approved the …

Jim Cutler: Kulik an unwavering voice as representative

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: In January, some residents of Ashfield were notified of a large gas transmission pipeline construction project targeting their town and their properties. I am one of the many impacted landowners in that town and I along with many of my neighbors formed Hilltown Community Rights …

Janet E. Aalfs: Thanks Gazette for uplifting editorial on Yousafzai

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for your uplifting editorial Oct. 15 about Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, who continues to show the world how one courageous voice can affect widespread collective action and accomplish positive change. As the author Toni Morrison has said, “The function of freedom …

Robert Greeney: It’s time for Amherst to create ‘pedestrian spaces’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: A recent public forum on parking in Amherst elicited a variety of opinions and comments. I would like to offer two items for consideration in our planning for future parking options for Amherst, parking sprawl and pedestrian spaces. In Amherst the term sprawl is often …

Mike Galusza: Saddened by the loss of Dan Yacuzzo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: Dan Yacuzzo was the best man at my wedding. Dan handled that challenge like I know he handled so many others: with passion, creativity and enthusiasm. Dan and I worked together and were the best …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Mary Olberding: Says Coakley has right leadership qualities

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: Martha Coakley has the demonstrated leadership we need in our next governor. Coakley was the first state attorney general in the country to challenge DOMA before the Supreme Court. In 2009, she recognized that hundreds of federal benefits were still out of reach, including Social …