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11/29/2013 @ 01:33 PM EST
Having sent children to both schools, I'm glad they're finally starting to correct the damage from this 1970s educational whim. As a teacher, I wish we as a country weren't still making decisions about education based on whims and political fancies. ...(full comment)
Check out the petition opposing the nut ban:
This issue is much more complicated than Ms. Geryk implies in the article. ...(full comment)
Jim Oldham's solution is too much of an egghead response. Construction and development are not four letter words. Construction and development won't solve all housing problem, but they certainly won't hurt. Why is it in Amherst that we have to over analyze a problem? We're not royalty. ...(full comment)
This is exactly what is wrong with Amherst. Can't fly an American flag in an American town on a day when thousands of Americans were killed? This really makes my blood boil. We are American citizens. Yes, evil, unspeakable things have been down under the watch of our flag, but Amherst's solution is to pretend it doesn't exist and didn't happen. Own your history, Amherst. You claim that our flag offends? Why? It offends because we've done wrong, so fly the flag and do right, don't hide your history under the rug like a sheepish child hiding a broken lamp in the closet; And be proud of the good parts of your heritage. This is such an embarrassment. I now always make it a point to tell visitors that Amherst won't allow American flags to be flown downtown (though other flags are fine, it seems) except a handful of times a year. Universally, and I mean _universally_--I've never had a different response than complete incredulity. ...(full comment)
I just love the way you wrap yourself in the flag with that whole "good governance" closing. Yikes!
Here is my brief response:
Since this is the final print issue of the Bulletin prior to that awful anniversary, it would have been nice if I was afforded the opportunity to write a counterpoint column to appear along side yours. ...(full comment)
I am so proud of the work being accomplished by the people mentioned in this article: the families, students, staff and faculty, and administration directly involved. My daughter Emelia, 14, attended the 4-day inter-generational equity group conference this summer at Hampshire College, led by Mr. Calvin Terrell, and I am very proud of the focus and interests she is exhibiting. To all of you: Thank You and Keep "Walking the Walk"! ...(full comment)
Stupid is as stupid does. Classic Amherst. How is it everything they want to control is under the old "we don't want children to buy them". Show me anywhere that children can buy cigarettes or a blunt. Just plain stupid. Sure smoking might not be great but that is a choice. ...(full comment)
What is the advantage of not letting someone buy cigarettes at CVS and instead making them walk down the street to a Cumby's? Do we like Cumby's better than CVS? It's not like they were selling the cigarettes from the pharmacy counter. ...(full comment)
This is a wonderfully clear column which I fully support. Any discussion of the " Retreat issue", without fully comprehending the factual content of this commentary is finished before it begins.
Amherst's housing issue cannot be effectively fixed without Umass being allowed to house many more of it's students, on its own land. It's a fixable issue if Umass, the town of Amherst and the State legislature make it a priority and sit together around a table for a day.
There is no redeeming value to the Retreat, it fixes nothing and destroys much and is wholly contradictory to Amherst master plan. ...(full comment)
I'd like to commend Helmi A. Pucino for the letter about serving pastries and donuts at the Amherst Survival Center. I had the exact same response to the article that used the word "Healthy" and then went on to say they are now providing pastries and donuts for breakfast. (oh and fruit. which is great.)
Thank you for writing the letter !
Ava Fradkin ...(full comment)
I watched all of Ms Chamuel's performances and they were stellar and exciting as exemplified by her signature 'squats' for example. She outran her coverage so-to-speak by singing some material the audiences weren't necessarily familiar with but recognized as having been well performed. Hope she'll be signed for national musical exposure. ...(full comment)