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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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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. …

J.M. Sorrell: Finds practitioners’ paternalistic, ,moralistic approaches troubling

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

To the editor: With great interest, both personally and professionally, I read the three-part series on Lee Hawkins and her planned death. Laurie Loisel did a beautiful job of capturing salient points and providing readers with a clear …

Susan Triolo: Thanks family for opening doors to their home

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

To the editor: I didn’t know Lee Hawkins. I don’t know her children. But I have now shared their journey to the end of their mother’s life. Thank you Lee. Thank you Becky, Sue and Jerry. Thank you for opening the doors of your home and your lives …

Noreen Beebe: Gazette glorifies suicide by its coverage

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

To the editor: When the country is facing an epidemic of young people committing suicide, the Gazette is glorifying it. Elderly people may wish to call it end-of-life decisions. When you end your life it’s suicide. Whether you …

Dade Singapuri: Let Sen. Rosenberg know you oppose proposed pipeline

Thursday, October 2, 2014

To the editor: As we know, there is a fracked gas pipeline planned to cross Massachusetts. This, of course, is a dangerous and foolish course to follow. Since the year 2000 over 990 natural gas transmission line accidents with 137 injuries and 34 fatalities have occurred. Please let …

Christine and Jon Sass: Thanks Gazette, Loisel for inspiring 'Dignity Project' coverage

Thursday, October 2, 2014

To the editor: We want to thank the Gazette and Laurie Loisel for “The Dignity Project” — the difficult, important and touching focus on the many decisions surrounding death. Most recently the honest and sometimes difficult coverage of Lee Hawkins and her decisions around her death encouraged many …

James Perkins: Suspicious of latest utility rate hike

Thursday, October 2, 2014

To the editor: Is it coincidental that, as a public campaign to stop the Kinder Morgan fracked gas pipeline catches fire, the utility companies announce plans for a 37-percent rate increase? I’ll wager they might be counting on …