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Editorial: The Retreat arrives at end of the road

Thursday, September 11, 2014

People in the Cushman section of North Amherst celebrated Tuesday night on their village common, high-fiving near the salamander sculpture. On Monday, they learned that The Retreat, the large-scale development many worked 19 months to rebuff, was dead. Over that time, Save Historic Cushman ran a disciplined, detailed and level-headed campaign to convince Amherst officials that The Retreat was a …

Alex Kent: The case for a cooperative food market in Amherst

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I’ve lived in downtown Amherst for the past 13 years. I love this town: its surrounding natural setting, its strong emphasis on intellectual inquiry and …

Letters

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ross needs support in bid to ease racial tension To the editor: I was disappointed upon reading the Aug. 29 editorial, “Amherst Together stance creates …

Richard S. Bogartz: Let’s not be so quick to label a town like Amherst racist

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Is Amherst Regional High School racist? Is Amherst? Rick Hood declares we are all racist! When I was in eighth grade, a student named Mejia asked to borrow a pencil. I replied I only had the one …

Editorial: As a new school year starts, UMass consultant still labors

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Spirits were high as University of Massachusetts students flooded back into town last weekend and dug into a colossal clambake on campus, chanted the UMass cheer with the chancellor, joined a mass shopping trip downtown and took in an outdoor concert. Mixed into the fun were serious messages. …

Michael Shandler: No dialogue on Gaza possible if story only half told

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — In his Aug. 15 Bulletin column, “U.S. support for Israel condemns Gazans to suffer,” Jim Oldham says “like most Americans, I’ve been silent for too long, complicit in the continued crimes against humanity that play out daily in Gaza and the West Bank.” But Oldham only …

Steve Bloom: Columnist glosses over Hamas violence

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — How do the lyrics of that old Cole Porter song go? The world has gone mad today / And good’s bad today / And day’s night today ... That pretty much sums up my reaction when I read Jim Oldham’s column in the Amherst Bulletin condemning …

Antonina Griecci Woodsum: Earlier Israeli violence provides context for current conflict

Thursday, August 28, 2014

US aid to Israel given for right reasons To the editor: Jim Oldham’s column, “US support for Israel condems Gazan’s to suffer,” has prompted me to write. Oldham is correct that the United States has supported Israel with military aid for many years. But what he neglects to …

Editorial: Amherst Together stance creates divide

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The woman hired to help Amherst heal its racial wounds said she and other school and town leaders pulled out of last week’s radio forum on the issue for fear that the gathering would feature “race-baiting,” fuel “sensationalism” and foster “insensitivity to the variety of voices and needs …

In Close Proximity: In praise of a brilliant machine, the bicycle

Friday, August 22, 2014

NOTE FROM THE Pioneer Valley Relocalization Project: Acknowledging our serious climate change situation, we create this monthly column to spark necessary, radical adaptive planning in population centering, transportation, conservation and agriculture. This month, our contributing associate James Lowenthal discusses a facet of this. Perhaps you are counting on …

Editorial: A life lived fully is worth emulating

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tini Sawicki, who died at age 72 last week, left a rich legacy — for her business associates, her family and all who appreciate wringing the most out of life. Sawicki, whose given name was Ernestine, was the longtime owner of Sawicki Real Estate, a business she built …

Mindy Domb: Community made the case for expanded PVTA service

Friday, August 22, 2014

AMHERST — As we prepare for the start of the new PVTA bus to the Amherst Survival Center on Sept. 2, we want to reaffirm our gratitude to the community for rallying in support of public transportation service to our building. We’re grateful that so many agree that …

Jim Oldham: U.S. support for Israel condemns Gazans to suffer

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Although this column usually addresses local matters, occasionally the urgency of wider issues justifies a change of focus. I am compelled to write about Israel and Palestine not just because of the devastating violence visited upon the people of Gaza, and not just because our tax dollars and …