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David Gowler: Changes at WMUA will make station much less interesting

Sunday, May 17, 2015

AMHERST — At radio station WMUA, as I understand it, Glenn Siegel has been temporarily re-assigned as student advisor, based on an “investigation.” Program producer Max Shea has been banished from the station, apparently without redress. Both actions have been taken without any charges being filed or any formal statement forthcoming from the current station manager and programmer. As someone …

Jim Oldham: The wisdom of democracy borne out at Amherst’s Annual Town Meeting

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This year’s Annual Town Meeting is a great example of effective democratic government. Despite much polarization of opinion, members have carried on productive debate and …

Editorial: State should join movement to protect pregnant workers

Monday, May 18, 2015

One by one, states across the country are doing the right thing by codifying into law protections for pregnant woman and new mothers in the …

Donald Courtemanche: Amherst doesn’t just need parking spaces, it needs a parking strategy

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

At our storefront office at the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on Amity Street, we hear a lot about parking and ways to improve access in downtown Amherst. The Chamber is actively playing a stewardship role in the …

Veronica Suchodolski: A student’s doubts about ARHS schedule change

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It’s D period at Amherst Regional High School, the fourth class of the day. A teacher rushes around during her 68-minute prep period. She has just taught three classes of the same length in a row and has another one left before the day is out. For most …

Editorial: A quarterback’s legacy tarnished by poor judgment

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Patriots and Tom Brady didn’t leave NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell much choice. By failing to fully cooperate with the league’s independent investigation into whether the team improperly deflated footballs before a January game, the Patriots dared the league’s leaders to make an example of them. And so …

David E. Sullivan & Ruth Ever: Prom and graduation parties that go too far

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Parents play a major role in their child’s decision to drink or not drink alcohol. As we enter prom and graduation season, the Northwestern district attorney’s office is partnering with local substance abuse prevention coalitions, like the Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition, to promote a clear message: Parents Who …

Elizabeth Vierling: Will the fight for GMO labeling get the job done?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

As a career educator, when I hear questions about “genetically engineered” plants (GMOs), I recognize how complex the issues are — and how difficult it is to sort out what our concerns should be. One is labeling. We can go to the grocery store, and increasingly to restaurants, …

Editorial: Amherst’s first economic development director will need room to move

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

It’s quite a job description. Amherst’s town manager says the economic development director the town plans to hire within weeks — now that it has Town Meeting approval — will help shape a vibrant downtown, enliven outlying village centers, encourage creation of affordable housing, bring jobs and expand …

Letters to the editor of the Bulletin

Monday, May 4, 2015

Scraping solar array good for neighborhoods To the editor: Like the successful campaign to Save Historic Cushman, the abandonment of plans to construct a massive solar array in the Amherst Woods neighborhood represents not only a victory for those who wish to preserve Amherst’s neighborhoods, but also a …

Editorial: The solar project in Amherst that could have been

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The town of Amherst has missed an opportunity not only to be a responsible consumer of green energy, but to save taxpayers millions of dollars to power town and school buildings. That was the promise of its plan …

A ‘carrot’ for affordable housing

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

This spring, annual Town Meeting has an opportunity to encourage affordable housing by revamping Amherst’s inclusionary zoning regulations with a new system of “carrots” and “sticks.” The Amherst Housing Market Study, completed last month, confirms what the earlier Housing Production Plan reported: Demand for affordable housing significantly exceeds …

Richard S. Bogartz: Advice on side-stepping those loops of doubt

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Throckmorton stumbled in, looking disheveled and upset. He moaned slightly as he settled into the couch, his eyes and the corners of his mouth reaching for the floor. “Oh Bogie, I am so ashamed. So guilty. I cannot forgive myself. I feel so terrible. I was supposed to …