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Guest columnist Rudy Perkins: Dangerous resolution pins ‘aggression’ on Iran

05-06-2024 5:28 PM

By RUDY PERKINS

 Both the Iranian government’s bombing of Israel and the Israeli government’s bombing of Iran are extremely perilous for the Middle East and the United States. That is why the dangerously one-sided U.S. congressional resolution, H.Res. 1143,...


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Guest columnist Cathy Schoen: Jones Library cuts will come at high cost

06-20-2024 3:42 PM

By CATHY SCHOEN

 When I voted to support the Jones Library expansion project in December 2023, I was assured there was high confidence in the $46 million total estimate and that trustees would be able to close the $7 million gap that remained to pay for their share...


Guest columnists Austin Sarat and Sharon Sharry: Why Jones Library expansion remains best option

06-20-2024 3:42 PM

By AUSTIN SARAT and SHARON SHARRY

 The Jones Library trustees remain convinced that the proposed library renovation and expansion project represents the right vision for Amherst’s main library. This vision has been repeatedly endorsed by town residents and their government. Put...


Ginny Hamilton: Jones Library claims

06-20-2024 3:42 PM

Even with proposed cuts to the Jones Library renovation and expansion plans, the result will be a net-zero ready building. Plans remain in place to eliminate the fossil fuel HVAC system. Solar panels were not in the original bid documents; the...


David Schmidt: The unasked and unanswered question

06-20-2024 3:42 PM

In the ongoing debate about the Amherst Jones Library renovation, the Jones Library director has repeatedly asserted that renovation without expansion will cost more than the proposed expansion plan. This cost anomaly only exists because the town...


Mary Sayer: Library or second Bangs Community Center?

06-20-2024 3:42 PM

When I read about the current plans for the renovation of the Jones library, it sounds more like the description of a second Bangs Community Center, a building with only a nod to history (front façade retained), a massed building at the back with...


Ken Rosenthal: Jones contractor cost considerations

06-20-2024 3:42 PM

 The Jones Library in Amherst received just one unaffordably high bid for its renovation plans. It is now applying “value engineering,” hoping that a redesign and changes in materials will bring more bids at lower prices. That is an expensive effort...


Raymond Mahoney: Library decimates classical CDs

06-13-2024 7:55 PM

The classical music CD collection at the Jones library was one of its treasures as befits a music-loving community. Sadly , it has been culled to the point where it no longer covers basic repertoire items.Each time I look for a CD I borrowed in the...


Guest columnist Marietta Pritchard: Birthdays to remember

06-06-2024 7:32 PM

By MARIETTA PRITCHARD

Nothing surprises me more than the advancing ages of our sons. Your own age is a given, and somehow you get used to it, and in my case at least, tend to anticipate the next annual changeover. I think of myself now as 88, although that won’t officially...


Richard S. Bogartz: Biden v. Trump, the tale of the tape

06-06-2024 7:32 PM

By RICHARD S. BOGARTZ

 I began this series by mistakenly proposing to discuss Joe Biden and omit Donald Trump as a reaction to the abundance of ignorance about Biden. I was wrong. The vital choice we are faced with demands contrasting their views. Here I do that on...


Meg Gage: Pull the plug on the Jones Library plan

06-06-2024 7:31 PM

I have hesitated taking a public position about the expansion of the Jones Library, even though it seems a reach too far, more than we can afford, especially given the branch libraries and top-notch academic libraries to which many of us have access....


Bob Greeney: Suspend spending on Jones Library project

06-06-2024 7:31 PM

Please do not spend more money on a project that no longer has majority community support. At the very least suspend all spending on this project until another town wide referendum is held. If $2 million dollars had been spent on creative and...


Lois Gagnon: Party disenfranchisement is not what democracy looks like

06-06-2024 7:31 PM

Regarding your insulting editorial cartoon on Monday, May 13, how would your readers respond if that trashcan had Democratic Party candidate on it instead of third party? Interesting how those claiming to value democracy have no clue what it is. The...


Brooks Ballenger: Our confused view of immigrants

05-30-2024 5:40 PM

The recent Gazette article on the difficulties immigrant doctors face in getting licensed to practice, reminded me of our national confusion about immigration. There’s a serious shortage of doctors and nurses in the U.S., yet when qualified people...


Paul Siqueira: UMass no confidence vote a ‘shameful proceeding’

05-30-2024 5:40 PM

I was a participating member of the UMass Faculty Senate vote of no-confidence in the Chancellor Javier Reyes on Monday. I entered the meeting with an open mind and a desire to hear from both sides of opinion that would frame the vote. Instead, I have...


Michele Craig: Deerfield church should follow pope’s lead

05-30-2024 5:40 PM

I’m writing in response to the article “Senior Center opts not to renew lease with church,” [Recorder, May 8]. The Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in South Deerfield requested that the Senior Center avoid advertising it’s Rainbow Elders luncheon...


Guest columnist Alexander Taylor: UMass — Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind

05-30-2024 5:40 PM

By ALEXANDER TAYLOR

‘If you build it, they will come,” comes the now famous line from the heartwarming baseball movie “Field of Dreams.” UMass Chancellor Javier Reyes is no Kevin Costner, not just because only Kevin Costner can be Kevin Costner, but also because Reyes...


Guest columnist Rev. Peter Kakos: The saving grace of college protests

05-30-2024 5:40 PM

By THE REV. PETER KAKOS

 What, after all, is the purpose of higher education, if not to debunk hateful myths, that continue, like Furies, to haunt us with debasing beliefs of our fellow human beings?Racism, alive and as ugly as ever, leads the ruthless madness, conjuring up...


Michael DeChiara: Don't ‘Quabbin-ize’ push for clean energy

05-28-2024 10:46 AM

The Quabbin Reservoir is a powerful reminder of towns being steamrolled by state government to get its way. Almost 100 years after construction began, the same dynamic is at play again, this time motivated by a narrow interpretation on how to expedite...


Stephen B. Constant: Applauds UMass response to protests

05-28-2024 10:46 AM

Fortunately for us and the state of Massachusetts, our state has some semblance of law and order. UMass Chancellor Javier Reyes and his team should be rewarded for their response to this chaos and potential destructive behavior on the UMass Amherst...



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