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Larry Ely & Steve Randall: Finding important answers together, here in the Valley

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Last month Kristin DeBoer’s In Close Proximity column was headlined “Preserving lands that sustain us.” We thought we’d follow with “It is the region that sustains us.” While land is fundamental to sustainability, how towns, communities and individuals organize politically and socially to use the land sustains us also. For us in the Valley, relocalization calls for acting regionally and …

Editorial: The Big Data moment at UMass

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Within just a week, the University of Massachusetts went big on Big Data. It outlined plans to create a Center for Data Science, raising $100 …

Letters to the editor of the Amherst Bulletin

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Closing transfer station would be community loss To the editor: The Leverett Select Board recently suggested the idea of closing the Leverett transfer station and …

Roads to better reading skills at Fort River

Thursday, April 16, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fifth in a series of guest columns by educators in the Amherst school system. AMHERST — In September of this school year, Maria was reading 56 works per minute with an average of …

Editorial: Hadley video archive of public meetings must be preserved

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hadley is rightly proud of its history. Hopkins Academy, the town’s public school, celebrated its 350th anniversary last year. Some of the best alluvial soils known to agriculture are warming for a new growing season. Off a busy commercial strip, common spaces on West Street sweep with a …

Jim Oldham: Amherst’s part-time employees deserve more

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Too many workers in this wealthy country lack even the most basic employment benefits. Nationally, only one third of those in the bottom quarter of the wage scale receive paid sick leave, forcing them to choose between lost wages or working when ill, potentially endangering themselves and those …

Monica Hall: Reaching for true equity in our schools

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the seventh and final commentary in a series about school issues in Amherst. AMHERST — Over the years, the Amherst Regional public schools have strived to provide all students with an equitable learning experience. In 2010, the school district completed an equity audit to …

Letters to the editor of the Bulletin

Monday, April 13, 2015

Complete act of earth kindness for Earth Day To the editor: The snow has finally melted and spring bulbs are emerging. Alongside this beauty, we begin to notice the extensive roadside trash, once hidden under snow cover. This trash in not only an eyesore, but it attracts more …

Alexandria Ziomek: After graduating from Amherst Regional, I realized how extraordinary it is

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Over the past few years, the Amherst regional public schools developed a negative reputation. I had a positive experience in my four years at Amherst Regional High School, but I did not realize how lucky I was to …

Editorial: Making cultural connections in downtown Amherst

Thursday, April 9, 2015

C reative thinkers in Amherst have come up with a plan that could prove mutually beneficial to two beloved institutions in town: the Jones Library and the Amherst History Museum. The two, located side-by-side downtown, are considering joining forces. It’s a natural partnership that could be a home …

Sarah la Cour: Ah, the season of possibilities arrives in Amherst

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Guess what? We don’t have to scale 10-foot snowbanks in order to get to downtown Amherst anymore! We can finally “think spring” with signs that it actually might come after all. With spring comes a renewed vibrancy in …

Marisa Mendonsa: The ‘restorative justice’ approach to troubling student behavior

Thursday, April 9, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the sixth in a series of seven guest columns by Amherst educators. AMHERST — Across the country, school districts are taking a closer look at the culture of discipline within their schools. This culture includes the expectations for student behaviors and the way in …

Letters to the editor of the Bulletin

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hadley diner closing devastating to employees To the editor: The Route 9 Diner in Hadley was hit by an Internet tsunami. No recovery was possible and the diner is closed. Clearly, a huge Internet factor propelled this. But at what cost today? Current workers lose their jobs and …