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Amherst Bulletin: Letters to the editor

Monday, November 17, 2014

Projects turn Amherst into annex of UMass To the editor: Archipelago’s One East Pleasant development replacing the Carriage Shops is on “the fast track,” according to an article in Saturday’s Gazette. That was certainly the impression of residents who attended last Wednesday’s public hearing. Many, many letters to the Select Board from concerned abutters and Amherst citizens detailed serious questions …

John O. Fox: Trust shaken in Amherst town government

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — Kendrick Place — with 104 beds — and One East Pleasant — with 182 — have been marketed by Archipelago Investments, the developer, …

Editorial: Open minds key to Amherst development

Friday, November 21, 2014

In town-gown relations, as in real estate, three factors matter most: location, location and — you guessed it — location. Nowhere is that more evident …

Don Courtemanche: The view from Amity Street

Thursday, November 13, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Bulletin today introduces a regular column by Don Courtemanche, executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. It will appear in this space every other month, rotating with a column by Sarah la Cour …

Stephanie O’Keeffe: A walker’s worthwhile destination: UMass campus

Thursday, November 13, 2014

AMHERST — Is anything better than a great walk? One of the best-kept secrets for prime walking locations in our area is the University of Massachusetts campus. It has miles of wide sidewalks, well-lit in the evenings and scrupulously maintained in the winter months. It has benches, bathrooms …

Editorial: FCC nears decision at heart of Internet access

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

As consumers of democracy, American voters showed considerable apathy about last week’s mid-term elections, with two-thirds staying home. That won’t be the case if regulators allow another thing they consume — streaming video — to be messed up …

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 …

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 a message of hate. But it is also a place, it is important …

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 of students, faculty and staff donned purple T-shirts and took pledges to make personal efforts to stop these assaults. Amherst College, the University …

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 …