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In Close Proximity: To frack or not to frack?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Sept. 27/28 Daily Hampshire Gazette story “Rate shock” reported that our greater region’s supplier of gas and electricity, National Grid, would increase its electricity rates “by 37 percent over last winter’s rates starting in November....” The story explains that: “The spike is a result of the region’s increasing reliance on natural gas as a source for both heating homes …

Editorial: Ugly messages on UMass campus reveal an everyday racism

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Last Wednesday, everyone connected with the University of Massachusetts Amherst had to accept that it is a place where a student can come home to …

Editorial: Amherst College digs in to fight campus sexual assault

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amherst College made a visible statement last week that it is onboard with President Barack Obama’s push to curb sexual assaults on college campuses. Hundreds …

Jim Oldham: Three ways to make Amherst a better place for all

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Three actions to improve Amherst this fall Many social problems seem distant or beyond our control, so when there are opportunities to act locally with immediate positive impact, we should. Three small opportunities are available to us this fall. Increase CPA surcharge On Nov. 4, election day, Amherst …

Editorial: Police informant program gets needed review at UMass

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A tragedy befell the University of Massachusetts Amherst community last Oct. 4. That is when Eric L. Sinacori, 20, a UMass junior who aspired to be a physical therapist, died of acute heroin poisoning, according to his death …

Dade Singapuri: Let Sen. Rosenberg know you oppose proposed pipeline

Thursday, October 2, 2014

UMass failed student, parents in overdose case To the editor: As the parent of a daughter who graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst this past spring, I was saddened to learn that if my daughter were the one that the Boston Globe referred to as “Logan,” who …

Alan Root: Taking stock of homelessness in Amherst

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: Alan Root of Amherst has created an exhibit, “Amherst Homeless,” on view in the atrium of Jones Library on Amity Street through October. The exhibit pairs comments about the town’s homeless population with remarks gathered by Root from both those who are homeless as well as …

Sarah la Cour: Amherst needs to get growing

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Bulletin today welcomes Sarah la Cour, executive director of the Business Improvement District, as a regular columnist. Her essays will appear every other month. What do you think of when you think of downtown Amherst? …

Letters

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Retreat opponents did not serve Amherst’s interests 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, …

Richard S. Bogartz: The war behind the scenes

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Throckmorton comes over to berate me for my anti-football position. Before he completes a thought, a knock at the door, Brynhildr hurling the door open, gliding over to Throckmorton, grabbing him by the scruff of the neck, dragging him to the door, throwing him out. Whirling, she delivers …

Editorial: Amherst confronts a parking crisis

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Amherst is facing a serious parking squeeze downtown and town officials are right to begin taking a hard look at what the construction of two projects with 114 housing units — but few parking spaces — in the northern end of the town center will mean. A short …

Letters

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Officials must help stop harassing phone calls To the editor: What ever happened to “Do Not Call” registries? For years I have been on the federal and state registries to prevent commercial enterprises from trying to sell their unwanted wares to me on the telephone. Charities, political parties …

Editorial: Fix for ‘Blowout’ demands determined follow-through

Friday, September 19, 2014

Driven by memories of mayhem, a special report ordered up by the University of Massachusetts calls on the school to confront its failure to control student alcohol abuse. UMass must move swiftly on multiple fronts, it says, including …