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Letters to the editor of the Bulletin

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Takes issue with la Cour column To the editor: I write in response to Sara la Cour’s column in the Feb. 13 Bulletin. I take issue with several comments by the executive director of the Amherst Business Improvement District. “Amherst has been ... agonizing over ... parking for six decades.” No, business interests have tried to ram through “parking solutions” …

Jim Oldham: Missteps on Amherst Regional Middle School schedule change

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The introduction of a new Amherst Regional Middle School schedule repeats a too-frequent pattern in our schools: a questionable ruling has been hurriedly handed down …

Time to solve Amherst’s parking problem

Friday, February 13, 2015

Amherst has been studying, constructing and agonizing over downtown parking for over six decades. Sadly, we still seem to have a problem. Millions of dollars …

Editorial: Northampton VA district shows big improvement in reducing patient wait times

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New figures show that area veterans are getting in to see doctors in days not weeks. Apparently, even a lumbering bureaucracy like the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can make things happen, especially when the public demands change. Last spring, the federal agency and many of its regional …

CDH benefits from new collaboration

Friday, February 6, 2015

With the construction of a $9.3 million cancer care center in Northampton, the collaboration between Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Massachusetts General is paying off in a big way for local consumers. Crews have begun work on the 15,600-square-foot structure that is expected to open in the fall. Not …

Richard S. Bogartz: Case is clear for universal health care

Friday, February 6, 2015

The U.S. is exceptional. Every developed country in the world requires paid maternity leave. Except: Swaziland, Lesotho, Papua New Guinea and the United States of America! When it comes to universal health care, again we excel among the …

Mark Zinan: The lighter side of a personal darkness

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Anxiety, biologists inform us, is the human evolutionary psyche on super alert to the physical dangers of the pre historic world. Beware the leopard, tiger and shark. For millions of people, in our relatively physically safe environment, anxiety …

Editorial: Super Bowl deflated by NFL’s lengthy probe

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The National Football League’s prolonged investigation of under-inflated footballs allegedly used by the New England Patriots in their 45-7 AFC championship victory has cast an unnecessary cloud over this year’s Super Bowl. The delay in resolving the controversy, which has come to be known as “Deflategate,” is disappointing. …

Julie Johnson: Hitchcock Center embraces the ‘living’ building challenge

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To get local readers to address climate change, the Pioneer Valley Relocalization Project produces this monthly Bulletin and Gazette column to spark radical planning to densify downtowns, develop bike paths and shared transportation, lower consumption, strengthen conservation, and relocalize agriculture. This month, we introduce new member Julie Johnson, …

Letters to the editor of the Amherst Bulletin

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

School’s schedule shift needs closer look To the editor: A proposal to change significantly the curriculum and schedule of the Amherst Regional Middle School is being rushed to the superintendent to meet a deadline mandated by the teachers’ union. A laudable desire to improve students’ learning motivates the …

Editorial: A new leader for Hadley’s police department

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Michael Mason, Hadley’s new police chief, knows his department well. He joined the force as a rookie in 2000. Over the last 15 years Mason, who is 36, worked his way up from dispatcher to sergeant while getting to know what it takes to keep Hadley safe, and …

Editorial: Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s time

Thursday, January 15, 2015

After a last-minute blip on the screen involving alleged boasting by his domestic partner — a “kerfuffle” as he put it — Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst has been elected to one of the most powerful positions in Massachusetts, president of the state Senate. Given his record over …

Jim Oldham: When the ‘haves’ get help from us all

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I’ve been pleased to read recent columns in these pages critiquing the privatization of public resources and the impact that greed and monopolization of wealth by a small minority has on our society and communities. However, I wish my fellow columnists hadn’t shied away from addressing more explicitly …