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Dan Conlon: Please return Kulik to the state House

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I support Steve Kulik for re-election as state representative for the 1st Franklin District. His strong work ethic in the Legislature, accessibility to constituents and 21 years of delivering for Western Mass. residents should make it an easy decision for voters. He is a friend to farmers. Rep. Kulik has been an advocate for preserving farmland and supporting farm economies. He has voted to fund the Agricultural …

Tim Austin: Upset by misleading ads opposing Question 2

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I was dismayed recently when I was confronted with a “No on Question 2” display at the Big Y grocery store in South Hadley. A “Yes” vote on Question 2, supporting the expansion of the Massachusetts bottle bill, is a vote for dramatically increased recycling rates, and the prevention of countless tons of bottles and cans from entering the waste-stream …

Matt L. Barron: Coakley will not forget rural Massachusetts

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I’ve known Martha Coakley for 16 years and have been proud to support her campaigns for attorney general, U.S. Senate and now governor. As a North Adams native, I know that Martha does not need a road map to find western Massachusetts. She is committed to bringing “last mile” broadband to the Hilltowns, preserving our farms, forests and working landscapes …

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Theodore K. Selkirk, Jr.: Texas hospital did not make decision to release patient

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: An AP article published in the Gazette on Oct. 2 spoke of “The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to release the Ebola patient.” The same implication appeared in the headline of an article on Oct. 11 in the Gazette and was heard repeatedly on …

Kathy Conrad: Time to pay library workers more money

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: Where is the place if you have nowhere to go they have to take you in? Where is the place where the amount of money in your pockets doesn’t count, nor the color of your skin or your first language? Where is the place that …

Karen M. Cardozo: ‘Before You Became Improbable’ praised

Monday, October 13, 2014

To the editor: If you were in downtown Amherst between 6:30 and 8 p.m., Sept. 25-27, you may have noticed some odd goings-on: people in pairs, carrying flashlights and listening to headphones while interacting randomly with others who emerged toward them off the street. This was “Before You …

Paul M. Craig: Wall Street caps and trades while Rome burns

Monday, October 13, 2014

To the editor: The more things Wall Street can turn into tradable securities, the richer Wall Street and its minions become. First, there’s the arithmetic of privileged greed; the higher mathematics of avarice is still to be developed. The Wall Street solution to reducing global warming is the …

Jovanna Robinson-Hidas: Supports assembly in Amherst on bullying

Monday, October 13, 2014

To the editor: In response to “Violent images at assemblies on bullying in Amherst secondary schools prompt apology by administrators” by Debra Scherban: As a recent alum from Amherst Regional High School, in 2012, and someone who has …

Richard Brunswick: Question 3 can stop casino mess before it starts

Friday, October 10, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to express my agreement with columnist Clare Higgins and a letter-writer in encouraging voters to vote yes on Question 3 to stop casinos in Massachusetts. TV airwaves are being flooded with ads promising many new jobs due to casino construction and employment. …

Daniel Wininger: Do we want downtown Northampton to look like strip mall?

Friday, October 10, 2014

To the editor: A Subway sandwich shop is opening up Main Street in Northampton. My heart sank when I saw this. Let me count the things wrong with this picture: • The Haymarket Cafe is just a few doors down. They make incredible sandwiches and they are a …

Paul Slater: Sights of peaceful, generous co-existence in Northampton

Friday, October 10, 2014

To the editor: I would like to share some pleasant, heartwarming stories to offset a bit of what we see too often in recent headlines. Some time ago in honor of my 90th birthday my Canadian in-laws made a generous donation to the Soldier On program here in …

Gavin Andresen: Let’s prepare in Amherst for future parking needs, not only current

Thursday, October 9, 2014

To the editor: I’d like to encourage newspaper editors and Amherst residents to consider more creative solutions to a downtown parking “crunch” than building expensive parking structures. One goal of mixed-use, dense development is to move away from the automobile-focused culture to a more enlightened and environmentally friendly …

Jonah Keane: Don’t let big-money opponents win Nov. 4 on bottle bill expansion

Thursday, October 9, 2014

To the editor: At Massachusetts Audubon’s Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, we clean up trash all year from the banks of the Mill River and out in the Meadows. Ballot Question 2 in November will remove many littered bottles from our beautiful natural areas and get them into …