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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 Act surcharge in Amherst from 1.5% to 3%, like most of the neighboring towns. The surcharge is based on property values, with …

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 just a limited number of casino resorts that will create over 6,000 jobs to …

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 farmers in this area, and state agriculture in general, since he has been in office …

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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 …

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 …