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Richard S. Bogartz: A bit of metaphysics as the ants go marching

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I came home from shopping for borax to treat ants that have been colonizing my kitchen. Immediately Throckmorton came banging at my front door, shouting, “Now I’ve got you, Bogie, now I’ve got you!” Knowing these claims rarely amounted to anything, I opened the door, feeling frustrated at making the ants wait. In marched Throckmorton, rubbing his hands, urging me … 0

Dr. Ira Addes: My questions about the Retreat project proposed for Amherst’s Cushman section

Thursday, July 10, 2014

How can a proposed project with no numbers to substantiate the claim that it will generate cash for the town, or alleviate to any substantial … 0

Editorial: Unanswered questions in Amherst school attack

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Even close readers of the news are likely puzzled by a reported setback — yes, another one — in race relations in the Amherst schools. … 0

Betsy K. Mathews: How is Retreat wrong choice for Amherst? Let me count the ways

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AMHERST — At a recent trade show in Las Vegas, Landmark Properties’ Senior Vice President Jason Doornbos asserted that its Retreat brand student housing developments go for the “wow factor in its amenity packages.” Although no amenity package has been specified for the proposed Cushman Retreat, there are … 0

Lilly Lombard & Bill Dwight: Northampton should take page from Amherst playbook on shade trees

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The monthly Pioneer Valley Relocalization Project column discusses the interrelated regional aspects of sustainable land use, urbanization, transportation, conservation, and agriculture that facilitate carbon reduction and ecological preservation. This month, our contributors Lilly Lombard and Bill Dwight discuss one example of relocalization. Almost everyone can list ways that … 0

Editorial: JFK had it right: ‘It is their war’

Sunday, June 22, 2014

‘In the final analysis it is their war. We can help them, we can give them our equipment, we can send our men out there as advisers, but they have to win it. ...” Those words were spoken … 0

Jim Oldham: Amherst Town Meeting is independent, not unrepresentative

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Around Town column in the June 13 Bulletin reported on the Select Board discussion of concerns about the length of time Town Meeting took this year and the supposed “level of incivility.” They seem to have overlooked that they themselves instigated the most inefficient use of time … 0

Faculty, staff offer commentary on high school’s ‘tumultuous’ year

Thursday, June 12, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following commentary was prepared by faculty and staff of the Amherst Regional High School in Amherst and circulated within the school. The names of all those who endorsed its message appear at the end. AMHERST — During this tumultuous year at Amherst Regional High School, … 0

Editorial: Food for Thought ends 37-year run

Thursday, June 12, 2014

They gave it their best shot. Sadly, they came up short. Members of the Food for Thought Books Collective cut costs, reduced space, diversified offerings, imposed event fees and sought help from financial experts, lawyers and supporters. But despite waves of love from the community — including $40,000 … 0

Editorial: Why drivers must respect rail crossings

Monday, May 26, 2014

Collisions involving cars and trains are rare in the Valley, but given the number of unguarded crossings and the public’s daredevil ways, they do happen. A driver was lucky last week to walk away from a crash in … 0

Rob Crowner, Steve Randall & Larry Ely: Don’t agonize, solarize

Friday, May 30, 2014

Readers of this column know we’re very concerned about our society’s ravenous appetite for energy, because of the inevitably diminishing supply of easily available fossil fuels and because of the effect of its consumption on the climate. We’d like to see more reliance on renewal energy from the … 0

‘Inclusionary zoning’ needs closer look

Friday, May 30, 2014

As we’ve noted before, the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce supports one of the most important goals of the Amherst Master Plan, “to provide housing that meets the needs of all residents while minimizing impacts on the environment.” We are also strong supporters of the Amherst Planning Board’s … 0

Planning Board moving too fast

Friday, May 23, 2014

This spring, the Amherst Planning Board put five zoning changes on the annual Town Meeting warrant. In addition to rezoning Atkins Corner, the board proposed four major changes to the zoning bylaw, all complex. Each involved amending several pages of the bylaw and each significantly lengthened the relevant … 0