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Editorial: North Hadley dam repair plan best bet for community

Friday, April 18, 2014

A long-range plan to repair and save the Lake Warner Dam has come to the fore and it appears the best way forward to preserve the historic structure and the popular 70-acre mill pond it retains. Located in North Hadley near the intersection of River Drive and Mount Warner Road, the dam on the Mill River was deemed structurally deficient … 0

Jim Oldham: With Town Meeting housing votes, the devil is in the details

Friday, April 18, 2014

The annual Town Meeting warrant contains 42 articles —a lot of business. Aside from budgets, some of the most significant proposals address the challenge of … 0

Robin Morris: ‘Mountaintop removal’ underway beside Puffer’s Pond in Amherst

Friday, April 18, 2014

AMHERST — While the inhabitants of North Amherst were looking fearfully to the east, where the threat of the Retreat loomed, we were blind-sided by … 0

Richard S. Bogartz: Selling safety to the masses

Thursday, April 3, 2014

I have developed a new-to-me insight into getting rich. This is no scheme so it cannot be considered a get-rich-quick ploy. It is certainly not secret or underhanded. I am sharing it here, transparently, for all to see, the kernel of what will work. Here’s the idea. First, … 0

Ali Wicks-Lim: It is adults who need a ‘teachable moment’ on ‘Tintin’ books and racism

Thursday, April 3, 2014

In the recent debate about the placement of “Tintin” books in the Jones Library, I’m afraid many of the comments about “teachable moments” are missing the point. Should we talk to our kids about race? Yes. But when we talk to our son about disabilities we don’t do … 0

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Retreat a mismatch for Amherst zoning To the editor: The damage that would be done were a high-density student housing project to be built in any Amherst neighborhood zoned Outlying Residence — such as the Bay Road and Pondview areas, Southeast Street, much of Northeast Street, Cushman, parts … 0

LETTERS

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Public art panel recruiting members To the editor: The Amherst Public Art Commission is looking for artists and those interested in public art to join the commission. There are two openings on the commission. Applicants must be residents of Amherst. The purpose of the commission is to foster … 0

Steve Randall, Rob Crowner, & Larry Ely: In close proximity

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Look! You fools! You’re in danger! Can’t you see? They’re after you! They’re after all of us! Our wives … our children … they’re here already! You’re next! — Dr. Miles Bennell (“Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” 1956) Interestingly, in the land of individualism and liberty, the theme … 0

Statement on incidents by school panel member

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Rick Hood, a member of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, read the following statement at Tuesday’s board meeting: “I attended the high school student assembly last Friday morning. Mark Jackson began that meeting with a description of exactly what had occurred the previous day. When he mentioned the … 0

Mark Jackson: Why a whole community must own any racist act

Monday, March 24, 2014

Last Thursday, an Amherst Regional High School math teacher, Carolyn Gardner, who is African-American, was the target of hostile or racist messages for the third time this school year. On Friday, when I spoke to the ARHS faculty, staff and students about the incident, I described Gardner as … 0

Denise Pinardi: Driver caught in ‘Blarney Blowout’ mourns state of higher ed

Monday, March 10, 2014

I was one of about 10 drivers attempting to drive past the Hillel Tower just off the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday when we were enveloped in a huge group of young people, … 0

Robert Abel: Where does all that ‘Blowout’ fuel come from?

Friday, March 14, 2014

In the commentary I’ve read about the Blarney Blowout so far, I have not heard anyone mention what I think is a fundamental question: where does the alcohol come from in such amounts that it can get 4,000 students drunk on their kiesters before noon? This so-called event … 1

Editorial: Ending ‘Blarney Blowout’ mayhem in Amherst demands tougher sanctions

Sunday, March 9, 2014

“We need to be very clear about the consequences for any disruptive behavior that may occur this weekend.” That was the preamble to a letter sent last week to all undergraduates by a University of Massachusetts Amherst official. … 0