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Mary Russo: It’s a question of social justice

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: Given the negative emotions associated with abortion in the media (guilt, anger, shame, fear, etc.) it was heartening to read Emma Ayres’ clear and brave account of her own experience in guest column in the Gazette Nov. 15. It meant that she was free to make her own decision, but not in isolation or poverty. As a volunteer for the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts, I …

Richard Suchocki: Praises Cinemark, Applebees for honoring veterans

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: I would like to give kudos to Cinemark at Hampshire Mall and Applebees for the way they honored veterans on Veterans Day. Veterans were able to see the movie “Fury” with Brad Pitt for free and Applebees, decorated with red, white and blue balloons and thank-you notes obviously drawn by young children, were on the tables addressed to the veteran. …

Rich Feldman: Challenges ahead for those on BOTH sides of BID

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: As those of us who endorsed the BID recover from the horrible shocks of the past few weeks, and those who brought it to an end contemplate next moves, I pose these challenges to all: ■ Care about and work for something larger than yourself, that has broad public benefit even if it required delayed individual gain. ■ Do something …

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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 …

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 …

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, …

Peter Vickery: Editorial failed to note other Blarney Blowout failures

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: After reading your Oct. 13 editorial (“Find right tone, tactics for policing in our times”), a reasonable reader could be forgiven for thinking that the sole focus of ex-commissioner Ed Davis’ Blarney Blowout report was …

David Greenbaum: Deer hunting needed but make sure you eat the meat

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: When I read the article “Hunters help wildlife numbers” Oct. 15 I had a strong feeling. I think that it is important for hunters to hunt deer because the population is too large. The real problem is that deer are herbivores so they are eating …

Molly Turner: MassWorks grant smacks of political cronyism

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: Last week at Kendrick Park in Amherst, State Sen. Stan Rosenberg and Gov. Deval Patrick made public comments after the Amherst Planning Department receiving $1.5 million for development projects “downtown.” The Gazette reported that the governor joked that the “The principals with Archipelago Investments, Kyle …

Sid Moss: Makes case for Martha Coakley

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: I am impressed by Martha Coakley’s concern for justice, not only for those with legal problems but for those whom a compassionate governor would intercede to ensure policies that provide universal pre-kindergarten for all our children, would fight for working women to receive equal pay …

Reed Schimmelfing: Don’t ignore ballot question on corruption

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

To the editor: In an Oct. 10 letter, the writer informed Amherst voters about ballot questions that will appear on their ballots. In fact, the question seeking Sen. Stan Rosenberg to support legislation advancing anti-corruption and election campaign reform will appear on the ballots in all of the …

Jennifer Schmittlein: Says Gazette use of “kill” in dog story sensationalistic

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To the editor: I have worked in the veterinary field for more than 30 years and have been closely following the articles regarding the pit bull biting incident in Amherst which involved two children. I am not opposed to the decision to humanely euthanize the pit bull involved …

John McVeigh: Re-elect Kulik despite his role in Worthington withdrawal

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To the editor: A vote for Steve Kulik is an important one to all of us, especially in the Gateway Regional District. Stephen will be a critical person to re-elect to the House with the withdrawal of Worthington. It comes down to the value of his seniority and …