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Letters to the editor of the Amherst Bulletin

Monday, November 23, 2015

Preserve prime agricultural land for farming, not commercial use To the editor: I often travel Meadow Street in North Amherst. Recently I have been very bothered by signs on parcels of land on the east side of the street, between Route 116 and the Waskiewicz family’s J & J Farms, offering the land for sale for commercial or industrial use. …

Editorial: Holiday gift programs rely on community generosity

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Amherst Bulletin and Daily Hampshire Gazette this week opened the 83rd annual appeal for community support of the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund which …

Jim Oldham: On school issues in Amherst, too much change, too little consultation

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The district gets really involved in making a lot of changes at the same time, beyond what staff, and students and community can bear… I’m …

Editorial: Tradition no reason to preserve misguided honor for Lord Jeffery Amherst

Thursday, November 19, 2015

History will sit heavily on the agenda when Amherst College trustees next meet. Nearly two centuries after the school took the name of Lord Jeffery Amherst, its students are renewing arguments that this 18th century English military leader should be repudiated for his attitudes toward native people. In …

Donald A. Courtemanche: Hampshire County is great place to get healthy — together

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Let’s call the summer of 2015 my summer of self-reflection. Earlier this year, in this very column, I made a New Year’s resolution to get back into shape. As winter became spring, and spring was headed toward summer, …

Editorial: Patients need to sift advice on breast cancer screening

Friday, November 6, 2015

Know your own body, your risks, your anxiety level — and talk to your doctor. That’s the advice area physicians have for women in light of conflicting guidelines about the age at which they should start getting mammograms to screen for breast cancer. If they want to follow …

Richard S. Bogartz: Life and death questions on my mind

Saturday, November 7, 2015

So what about this death business? Did the Creator blow it? Death seems like such a blunder. People almost never live long enough to figure out how to live. Making matters worse, the illusion of time subjectively accelerates so that the closer we get to “the end” the …

Editorial: Extravaganja must find own future away from Amherst Town Common

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Organizers of Extravaganja are preparing for a 25th anniversary of the marijuana love-in next spring. That milestone could coincide with a big change in recreational drug use in Massachusetts, since groups are working to get a full legalization …

Peter Demling: Amherst Regional Middle School’s ‘workshop’ model not right way forward

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Should administrators mandate new teaching models at will, without faculty evaluation and approval? Or should teachers drive the selection of shared classroom practices, with the freedom to apply such practices in the ways they see fit? This is the fundamental question at the heart of a silent battle …

Letters to the Editor

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Editor’s Note: The following letters to the editor concern a vote in Amherst to reconfigure the elementary school grades. The School Committee Tuesday night delayed a decision until the end of January. Advantages to elementary school consolidation To the editor: I found the Oct. 26 evening forum on …

Tsultrim Dolman: My nation, my people’s oppression in Tibet

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

AMHERST — My name is Tsultrim Dolman and I was born in east Tibet in 1968. I was put in prison when I was teenager and after my release, I escaped by walking to India. I was able …

Jim Lescault: Amherst Media’s dream not dead, but poor fundraising climate proving barrier

Friday, October 30, 2015

Many probably read recent articles on Amherst Media and the land we purchased. Let me fill you in on the details of what has been an exciting and challenging year for Amherst Media. In 2010 Western Mass Electric Co. (now Eversource) did not renew our lease for 246 …

Letters to the Editor

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Too much haste involved in school changes To the editor: I do not believe that the administration has made a convincing case for the educational benefit for changing our entire elementary school system. It seems to me the administration is more concerned with the budget and the facilities …