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.

Letter: Adam Hinds Embraces The Details

This September 8, I am driving from school to cast a vote for Adam Hinds for state Senate because I know who he is, and I believe that he is uniquely qualified to represent our entire community in Boston, alongside the rest of our tireless Berkshire delegation.

Letter: Adam Hinds: Our Next Step Forward

As a North Adams city councilor, I firmly believe we need Adam Hinds for both the good days and the bad, the challenges and the opportunities. He is someone with the skills, experiences, passion, and drive to be our next step towards a bright future as a region, and he is the person I believe should be our next state senator.

Letter: Mike Bloomberg, An Active Voice for Pittsfield

We don't need clever ways to add taxes to existing citizens and businesses (like the proposed mileage tax and discussions on taxing non-profits the incumbent has been supporting). Pittsfield needs to increase revenue by growing the tax base.

Letter: Our Future Is in Good Hands

As we all grow a little bit older and maybe a little bit wiser, we often wonder "What has happened to our world?" We say things like "These kids today are lazy and spend all their time playing with that 'thing.' " Sometimes I would worry myself as to what kind of world my grandchildren would live in.

Letter: Blue Star Parents Group Forming

Berkshire County has many residents serving in the military active, Reserves and Guard. Each military individual represents an entire family who is also sacrificing and supporting them. To help these families, Berkshire County Chapter for Blue Star Parents will hold its first gathering, Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. at the North Adams American Legion.

Letter: Support a Pittsfield Ban on Exotic Circus Animals

We as people wouldn't like to be subjected to the type of treatment that they have to endure just because they can't speak. These animals are children or parents of others herds and packs in some cases. These animals show love and understanding just like we do. They don't deserve to be locked away or chained up to be brought into an arena for everyone to see. Would we like that? Not at all.

Del Gallo Challenges Democratic Candidates to Spending Limits

The following is an open letter from Rinaldo Del Gallo III, candidate for the Democratic nomination for state Senate: During the first week of April, I sent my fellow candidates an email asking them to agree to voluntary spending limits. Many progressives I have spoken to feel it is an excellent idea. I herein resubmit an open letter on the subject of spending limits, debates, and columns in local papers. This offer, previously submitted in early April, I offer for 10 days after publication...

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