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Lily Wallace: Radio station WMUA should recommit itself to benefiting students

Monday, July 27, 2015

Tensions between the students who run WMUA, the student radio station of the University of Massachusetts, and members of both the non-student volunteer DJ and listener community exploded in April when student leadership voted to dismiss longtime host Max Shea for violating the station’s anti-harassment and discrimination policies. Since then, elected student leaders of WMUA have faced intense criticism from …

Lissa Pierce Bonifaz: A pox on both of your standardized tests

Thursday, July 23, 2015

When it comes to the question of standardized testing in our schools, we should listen to the educators. At a recent forum in Springfield, the …

Editorial: Old Hadley buildings raise question about need for bylaw

Monday, July 27, 2015

Derelict properties on Route 9 in Hadley may finally find new uses, but real change hinges on the ability of property owners to make commercial …

Lorna Ritz: Why has Amherst let Mt. Pollux go to seed?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Neighbors, students, community members and tourists regularly used to visit Mt. Pollux Conservation Area in South Amherst more often than not for its beauty and solitude, but now have remorse for what once had been the “jewel of the town.” Mt. Pollux has steadily gone wild; drug paraphernalia …

Alan Peterfreund: Better timing of Route 9 traffic lights would aid vehicle flow

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What whites can do to oppose racism in US To the editor: As a woman who calls myself “white,” I do not know, firsthand, racial violence. I am lucky enough that I don’t know domestic violence firsthand either, but I do have a clear, instinctual understanding of it. …

Jason Johnson:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NOTE: To avert impacts of climate change, the Pioneer Valley Relocalization Project (http://pvrp.weebly.com/) seeks to highlight the need to transform the consumer lifestyle and the built environment. This month’s commentary is by professional ecologist Jason Johnson. Lake Warner is approximately a quarter mile from the Connecticut River in …

Editorial: Applause for Amherst’s move to enhance public arts

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

People entering the repurposed police headquarters in Cambridge, which houses a variety of social service groups, can look up and see stunning stained-glass panels at the top of the walls shimmering with hand-blown glass roundels wrapped around found objects. The artwork is called “A Long Story.” In the …

Donald Courtemanche: Agriculture is back for real in the Amherst area

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

One of the things that I enjoy the most about Amherst is how agrarian our roots are and how farming is making a comeback, in a big way. A drive through the area takes one through just about …

Thondup Tsering: A global leader for peace, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, turns 80

Sunday, July 5, 2015

This past Monday was the 80th birth anniversary of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Tibetans and their supporters will be celebrating and rejoicing this special occasion with great fervor. Already we have seen several mega-celebrations in India. Even Tibetans in occupied Tibet, despite the Chinese ban, are …

Letters to the editor of the Amherst Bulletin 7/10

Monday, July 6, 2015

When civil rights extend, what’s there to lose? To the editor: Same-sex marriage is protested by some heterosexuals with the argument, whether based upon religious conviction or anything else, that their own rights are diminished by its legality, that they are losing a privilege they have enjoyed. This …

Letters to the editor of the Amherst Bulletin

Thursday, July 2, 2015

With GMO, judge trait, not the process of creating To the editor: Professor Richard Bogartz misses the point about GMO labeling in his June 5 column. Such labels would be inconsistent, and do not inform the consumer. Why lump all GMOs together under the same label? His argument …

Richard S. Bogartz: Clearing away the delusion of ‘race’

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What an amazing previous week. The ACA was left unscathed by the SCOTUS. Marriage equality is now the law of the land. State governments are backing away from authorizing display of the Confederate flag, finally seemingly appreciating how wrong it is to memorialize secession in defense of slavery. …

Editorial: Baker sets right tone on addictions fight

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker during his first six months in office has declared war on the scourge of opioid and opiate addiction in Massachusetts, and reducing the epidemic of related deaths is a top priority for his administration. The recommendations issued last week by the governor are a forward-looking, …