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Sarah la Cour: Our very cultured, and historic, downtown in Amherst

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Frederick Law Olmstead-designed landscapes, Revolutionary and Civil War grave sites, rare books and a famous poet. What do these things have in common? They are located in downtown Amherst. They are just a few of the wide array of historic and cultural resources that contribute to the rich fabric that underlies Amherst’s commercial and civic core. They represent a collective …

Editorial: Protecting biodiversity makes no exceptions, even for rattlesnakes

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Since Colonial times, it’s been people versus timber rattlesnakes in Massachusetts. Today, as the state moves anew to preserve this endangered species in the face …

Letters to the editor of the Amherst Bulletin

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Amherst went overboard on Storm Jonas prep To the editor: Winter Storm Jonas was a blockbuster of a storm for much of the east coast. …

Editorial: Rosenberg sets down marker on improved higher ed funding

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In all his years representing Amherst, a call to do right by public higher education has always ranked high for Stanley C. Rosenberg. This week, he recommitted to the cause. In perhaps his strongest criticism yet of Gov. Charlie Baker, Rosenberg declared he will fight as Senate president …

Richard S. Bogartz: Yet another catastrophe in the making

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I don’t remember permitting Throckmorton to enter my house without even a door knock but in he staggered, frazzled and dismayed. “Did you know,” he gasped, “there are 80 million stray or feral cats roaming the U. S., killing 500 million birds and 3.5 billion other animals including …

Katherine Appy & Mike Morris: Advancing equity and excellence in Amherst elementary schools

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Last week the Amherst School Committee voted 4-1 to reconfigure our schools. The plan is for Crocker Farm to become an early childhood center, pre-kindergarten through first grade, and to construct a new building housing two co-located schools, second through sixth grade. This vote came after much public …

Phil Jackson: Good faith should guide charter process

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The prospect of a Charter Commission being formed is cause for suspicion among a small contingent of Town Meeting supporters. They are questioning the motives of Amherst for All, the citizens’ group that successfully petitioned for a ballot question asking if this commission should be formed. Amherst voters …

Letters to the editor of the Amherst Bulletin

Thursday, January 28, 2016

‘Massaging numbers,’ not problem solving To the editor: The Amherst School Committee’s decision to support grade redistricting has nothing to do with equity. Do not accept the slight of hand. The Amherst public schools are unequal. However, the treatment of putting all children in the same building will …

Editorial: Retiring state Rep. Ellen Story has been principled role model in politics

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Veteran Congressman Silvio O. Conte’s death in February 1991 triggered a series of special elections that elevated two veteran Amherst legislators to bigger stages and propelled an unlikely candidate to the state House of Representatives. When the political dominoes stopped falling, John W. Olver succeeded Conte in Congress …

Adam Lussier, Jerry Guidera & Clare Bertrand: Facing up to Amherst’s challenges

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Over the past few months, you may have talked to one of our dozens of Amherst for All volunteers gathering signatures in support of creating a Charter Commission to look at ways to improve the town’s governance structure. Nearly 3,500 town residents agree with us that it’s time …

Editorial: Skating on region’s ponds is a hazardous business

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A University of Massachusetts student is lucky to have crawled away from disaster while skating on Puffers Pond in Amherst this week. The unidentified man fell into frigid water after a hockey game with friends when he strayed onto thin ice. Venturing out onto pond ice in New …

Steve Randall: Seeking harmony on local farm fields

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Seven billion humans are supported by a variety of agricultural regimes — some using technologies based on little or no use of fossil fuels and some wholly dependent on them. The continuum from little to total dependence on carbon-based sources of energy straddles the divide between the poorest …

Letters to the editor of the Amherst Bulletin

Thursday, January 21, 2016

UMass fails to see how WMUA ‘in all of our lives’ To the editor: I am writing in response to the Gazette’s coverage of the continuing involuntary meltdown of community programming on WMUA radio. I moved here from another state in 1982 for graduate school at the University …