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Michael Seward: Financing of Eric Lesser’s state Senate campaign did not get attention it needed

Sunday, September 21, 2014

To the editor: Eric Lesser’s victory in the Democratic primary for the First Hampden-Hampshire State Senate District was a bad day for democracy and demonstrated the failure of the press to adequately inform the electorate. Despite spending more than three times as much as the candidate he narrowly defeated, Lesser garnered only a couple hundred more votes than his closest opponent. According to The Massachusetts Office of Campaign & Political …

James B. Winston: Memorial a fitting tribute to those who made downtown Northampton strong

Sunday, September 21, 2014

To the editor: The Eva Trager Memorial, located on Main Street in downtown Northampton, recognizes citizens who have made a significant impact on the vitality of downtown Northampton. On a recent Friday, six people — Al August & family, Christina Cavallari, Bill Nagle, Kay Sheehan, Norman Winston and Stanley Zewski — joined the names of the previous honorees, Bashir Ahamed, David Bourbeau, E. …

Tom McBride: Opponents of The Retreat did not serve Amherst’s interests

Sunday, September 21, 2014

To the editor: There was nothing honorable about what those who fought The Retreat development in North Amherst did. I’m a believer in a free-market system which 20th century economist Milton Friedman was an advocate of. You can micromanage economic development, but this is swimming upstream. Friedman believed that commerce was an exchange between parties who had come to a mutual agreement. We’re …

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Steve Abdow: Supports Healey in primary race for attorney general

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor, I encourage my fellow citizens to vote in the Democratic primary for Maura Healey in the attorney general race. Maura impresses me as a courageous, clear thinking and uncompromising leader. She is a fresh, welcome face in the Massachusetts political scene. Her experience as assistant …

Rita Campbell: Vote for Berwick for governor

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: With a 6 percent unemployment rate, Massachusetts has to do better for the sake of our economy and our future. Young people need meaningful employment, those displaced by the Wall Street meltdown need jobs with the same or better rates of pay and any Massachusetts …

Robert N. Brooks: Support for UMass football raises several questions

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: Concerning University of Massachusetts football, a supporter has been quoted as saying that supporting the team “offers opportunity for community bonding” and cites the usual shibboleth that there is a correlation between the academic (or other) quality of a school and the performance of its … 2

Ben Hellerstein: Three towns deserve a lot of solar credit

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: Chesterfield, Williamsburg and Whately deserve a lot of credit for their successful participation in the Solarize Massachusetts program (“Hilltown Voices: Solar signups deemed success,” Aug. 23). These communities are helping to lead the way towards a clean energy future in Massachusetts. Since 2008, Massachusetts’ solar …

Ryan O’Donnell: Northampton councilor urges citizen input on zoning issue

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: I hope Northampton residents will attend the zoning forum on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Recently, the City Council voted to extend a moratorium on building projects of seven or more units until the end of the year. I believe this was the …

Patty Kimura: Disagrees with columnist on Gov. Perry case

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: I must respond to the guest column by Jay Ambrose (Gazette, Aug. 22), who suggests there is something noble and worthy in the defense of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is charged with two felonies by a Texas grand jury. I found his claim stunning. …

Bernadette and Emlen Jones: They’re voting for Berwick for governor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: We met Don Berwick recently at a gathering in Amherst. He is running along with Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman for governor in the Democratic primary Sept. 9. We were so impressed we wanted to contact our friends and neighbors and encourage them to check …

Sidney Moss: Wants Berwick to be next governor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: I want a governor who has a populist approach emphasizing social justice, equality and compassion. I believe that Dr. Don Berwick will be that governor. His strong stance for single-payer medical care for Massachusetts can be a reality, reflecting his administrative leadership of the U.S. …

Mayor David J. Narkewicz: Northampton mayor will be voting for Grossman

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: On Tuesday, I will proudly cast my vote in the Democratic primary for Steve Grossman to be our next governor. Steve has a proven record as a progressive leader and job creator, whether as CEO of his successful family business or as our state treasurer. …

Kathleen Daly & Julie Kurose: Northampton should extend moratorium on certain development

Friday, August 29, 2014

To the editor: We are a group of concerned neighbors residing in Wards 3 and 4 of Northampton who have formed an ad hoc committee to build awareness on a zoning issue mentioned in the Gazette this past spring (“As moratorium nears end, Northampton eyes new residential zoning …