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Dick Stein, Larry Ely and Steve Randall: Alarming sea level rise predicted

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On July 23 James Hansen and 16 leading climatologists, employing innovative new climate models, published a bombshell paper: “Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise and Superstorms.” Published on an international climatologist discussion web forum, their paper provoked immediate, extensive debate in newspapers and among climatologists before its peer review commencing Sept. 18. In the draft sent to Andrew Revkin, author of …

Editorial: Independent review makes sense on Berkshire Gas moratorium

Friday, August 21, 2015

If you find yourself questioning the moratorium Berkshire Gas has in place forbidding new customers or expanded uses in parts of Franklin and Hampshire counties, …

Letters to the editor of the Amherst Bulletin

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Speed bumps not solution to traffic problems To the editor: Got a real or imagined traffic problem in Amherst? Circle or lights can’t solve it? …

Jim Oldham: The etiquette of the left-hand turn

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sometimes one needs to step back from discussing local government, affordable housing, schools, budgets, or zoning, to address issues that never get enough attention. Left turns, for example. J. Edgar Hoover is famously said to have demanded that his chauffeurs never make left turns when he was in …

Jonathan Klate: A presidential litmus test: Is that glass half full, or half empty?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Here’s a debate question for all the presidential aspirants, from both major parties: “Do you have any comment on the half full or half empty glass controversy?” • Hillary Rodham Clinton: My position on the water in the glass is well known so what difference does it make? …

Editorial: Two Amherst leaders get a bit of homework

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Though schools don’t open until Sept. 2 in Amherst, two in the community are already getting their grades. While both did well, they have some homework ahead of them. The town’s manager and school superintendent this month received evaluations from the boards that oversee their performance, the Select …

Alex Kent: Cars and downtown Amherst

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The perennial question in Amherst is, Where will we put all the cars? Although I use and frequently depend on cars, I increasingly dislike them. While cleaner than they used to be, cars still belch toxic fumes. They have an insatiable appetite for a fuel that is both …

Editorial: Proposed college library annex must not overwhelm Hadley

Thursday, August 13, 2015

It’s understandable why many people who live in the vicinity of a proposed big box book warehouse in Hadley are concerned about their prospective new neighbor. The library annex plan being floated by the Five College Consortium on old farmland between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill Road …

Sarah la Cour: Amherst needs college students as much as they need us

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

We were all a student at some point in our lives. Many of us were college students. We were young, idealistic and enthusiastic participants in a new life away from home. The broader world of a college campus …

Letters to the editor of the Amherst Bulletin Aug. 14

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Radio station will bounce back and thrive again To the editor: In response to Lily Wallace’s opinion piece, the first important fact to note is that Wallace is not a member of WMUA. I am a community member of WMUA, earning my disc jockey certification in 2004 and …

Editorial: Heavy use, behavior test summer refuge

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It’s not quite Coney Island, but when hot weather comes, Puffer’s Pond in North Amherst is a top summer refuge in the region. It’s big enough to absorb lots of visitors. But like all natural places, there’s a …

David O. Stowell: Kicking tires on an Amherst Town Meeting critique (with response from original authors)

Monday, August 10, 2015

In the June 3 online edition and the June 5 print edition of the Amherst Bulletin, University of Massachusetts Associate Professor of Political Science Ray La Raja and graduate student Wouter Van Erve assert Amherst Town Meeting lacks several key ingredients necessary for it to qualify as representative …

Richard S. Bogartz: Bernie Sanders is the actual centrist

Monday, August 10, 2015

Throckmorton bopped in, grinning, proclaiming how delighted he was to live in a country with such a balanced political spectrum. “We have the Democrats on the left, the Republicans on the right. Greens and Occupies on the left. Libertarians and Tea Partiers on the right. True balance.” Brynhildr …