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Jim Oldham: Is Amherst on right side of ‘low pay is not OK’ drive?

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — The title of this column is borrowed from one of the many organizations supporting the national campaign by workers of fast-food chains and big box and convenience stores to win a living wage. I expect many readers support the call for employers to provide fair wages, recognizing the cost to the community and the economy when they fail …

Letters to the editor of the Bulletin

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Public lynching of Bill Cosby hypocritical To the editor: I am disappointed, but not surprised, at the treatment of Bill Cosby in your newspaper. Cosby …

Barbara Benda Jenkins: Amherst’s other parking problem: providing enough of it for handicapped drivers

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — A recent Amherst Bulletin headline asked: “Is Amherst pinched for parking?” For those of us with disabilities who need handicapped parking spaces, we …

Editorial: Barstow farm project rewrites dairying economics in Hadley

Friday, December 19, 2014

Since 1806, members of the Barstow family have risen to long days working land on a rise just east of the Connecticut River in Hadley. In all that time, despite the coming of industry and waves of tech revolutions, one thing remained constant: Milking cows takes people a …

Editorial: Ebola crisis eases but far from over

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Ebola crisis has dropped from the top of the national news broadcasts and fallen off the front pages of newspapers, but the deadly disease is still raging in West Africa with Sierra Leone now the country hardest hit as medical personnel get a handle on the virus …

Sarah la Cour: Downtown Amherst sets the table for holiday shoppers

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AMHERST — It’s that time of year when many people start to panic. What to get everyone? Where should they shop? Online? Boring. The malls? Crowded and noisy. How about a different shopping experience this year? I think …

Richard S. Bogartz: On the ties that bind, here, there and everywhere

Friday, December 5, 2014

AMHERST — Last week’s Steve Randall and Larry Ely commentary, “The Privatization of Everything,” is a gem. Everyone should reread it. Their description of transformation of the commons into profit-generating tools, the goals of seizing or selling public lands, draining public resources because no amount of profit can …

Let’s not build One East Unpleasant St.

Friday, December 5, 2014

AMHERST — In its consideration of the proposal to redevelop the Carriage Shops property, the town of Amherst is heading for disaster and the Planning Board and town government seem to be doing everything possible to insure this happens. We are at a point in the process where …

Editorial: Women’s accounts shatter Bill Cosby’s public image

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A decade ago, Bill Cosby reached an out-of-court settlement with a woman who claimed he sexually assaulted her. That quieted the accuser, but the case raised questions about the conduct and character of one of America’s most respected entertainers and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Today, …

Editorial: Hadley diner accused of sexual harassment should share results of outside review

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Chris Karabetsos and Archie Sideris, owners of the Route 9 Diner in Hadley, have taken steps in eliminate the toxic work environment that allegedly existed in their restaurant for years. Bringing in a sexual harassment trainer from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination to conduct sessions for their workers …

Jim Oldham: All Amherst employees deserve fair pay, benefits

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The vote early this month by Jones Library trustees requesting a change in personnel policies to allow part-time library staff to receive prorated vacation, personal and sick time benefits, contingent on funding from the town budget, was good news. But as the complicated wording suggests, it …

Steve Randall & Larry Ely: The privatization of everything

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Capitalism ... recognizes no limits to its own self-expansion.... — “What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism,” by Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster (2011) [Alan Greenspan] ... spoke passionately about the miracles of the market, the wonders brought by consumer choice. He also gave some examples: …

Amherst Bulletin: Letters to the editor

Monday, November 17, 2014

Projects turn Amherst into annex of UMass To the editor: Archipelago’s One East Pleasant development replacing the Carriage Shops is on “the fast track,” according to an article in Saturday’s Gazette. That was certainly the impression of residents who attended last Wednesday’s public hearing. Many, many letters to …