Guest Column: Massachusetts Stands For Civil Rights, Civil Liberties

Over the last week, I have heard many heart-wrenching stories about children and adults expressing their sadness and fear based on the results of the national election. It is natural to feel sad and disappointed when your candidate doesn't win. It is not typical, though, in our country, to feel fearful at the end of an election. But because of the repeated expression of bigoted views about women, racial minorities, people of both the Jewish and Muslim faiths, immigrants, members of the LGBT...

Letter: Negative Campaigning Is Not a Treat

When one of the authors of this letter went to a friend's party after trick-or-treating, he found a pack of M&Ms in his candy bag with a little note that stated: "Hillary for Prison 2016." It was outrageous. Halloween is for kids, not for campaigning. We feel that expressing your views about the election through children is inappropriate; if you want to express your feelings you should find a more reasonable way. The person was irresponsible when they did that.

Letter: Check Hinds on Tuesday

As we look out to next Tuesday, there is a wide breadth of questions and various positions both national and local that every eligible voter has the right and responsibility to vote on. No matter what side you take on any of these decisions, they will not only affect our lives, but the lives of future generations in the commonwealth, our nation, and our world.

Letter: Vote Yes on Pittsfield's Question 5

I'm a local real estate broker/owner of Gile Real Estate. As a broker, I see the money that we've given to other [Community Preservation Act] communities for the past 16 years in real estate document recording fees ($170 every time a property is purchased.)

Letter: Pittsfield Giving Away Money to Wealthy Mass Cities

I have been hearing from a lot of Pittsfield residents about things that are wrong in Pittsfield. Surely, no city is perfect, but we have our golden opportunity to correct at least one of the "wrongs" simply by voting yes on Question 5 on Nov. 8 to adopt the Community Preservation Act.

Letter: Question 2 Contrary to the Commonwealth

Charter schools are an expensive proposition in the commonwealth of Massachusetts with no oversight from our locally elected officials. This year, over $400 million will be diverted from local school districts to fund these privately managed schools.

Letter: Support CPA Question

The Community Preservation Act would support everything I love about living in Pittsfield: its proud and fascinating heritage, picturesque historic architecture, creative economy, and the natural beauty of its outdoor spaces.

Letter: Time for Pittsfield to Say Yes to CPA

I'm writing to urge Pittsfield citizens to vote yes on Question 5. When we are open minded, study the facts, figures and multiple examples of success stories, it is a natural conclusion that Pittsfield would benefit immensely from [Community Preservation Act's] adoption. It is time to say yes.

Letter: Support Community Preservation Act

There are many reasons for a town to adopt the CPA law. Most importantly it is a totally and completely a democratic process, as the projects must be approved by the town after vetting by the CPA committee. Sometimes overlooked is the fact that having funds to help complete projects, keeps those hard-working volunteers active in protecting the historic resources we all cherish.

Letter: David vs Goliath

As a treasurer for a candidate many years ago, I know how to peek at the campaign finance reports (Everyone can: check OCPF for MA, next report 10/31). As of the end of August, Adam Hinds' campaign had reported $75,067 in donations and spent $54,681 vs Christine Canning-Wilson reporting $3,185 [in donations] and spending $2,922.

Letter: How Should I Vote On Prop 2?

This was the question I was asked by a friend because they knew I had taught in both regular and charter public schools. For those who don't know, a yes vote on Prop 2 [Question 2 on the general election ballot] will expand the charter school program in Massachusetts and a no vote will keep charters at current levels.

Letter: Ballot Question 2

There are good educational arguments for both sides of Question 2 on increasing the number of charter schools. However one claim by the proponents of this issue is misleading.

Letter: Thank You From the Gaspardi Family

The family of Bryan Gaspardi, who recently passed away, would like to extend our deepest appreciation to everyone who supported us during this difficult time with your thoughts, prayers, gifts and love. We feel truly blessed to be surrounded by so many special people.

Letter: Flavored Tobacco Products and Children

The tobacco industry has been producing these tobacco products using the same flavor chemicals found in candy and soft drink products like Life Savers, Jolly Ranchers, and Kool-Aid. Yet they are NOT harmless. The tobacco industry is using these flavors to attract youth to products that are highly addictive because they contain nicotine.

Letter: One Real Option for State Senator

Versus the actual records and proposed ideas of the other state Senate candidates, Rinaldo Del Gallo is remarkable in that his words and actions are the same, and progressive. He has put his money where his mouth is and that's remarkable for a politician. Rinaldo Del Gallo is the only worthy candidate for state senate.

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