Clare Bertrand: Time to upgrade the ‘Living Room’

Thursday, September 30, 2021

The Jones Library, conceived as “Amherst’s Living Room,” is ready for a makeover, and none too soon as we crawl our way out of this pandemic.

We need more space, not less, in all of our public settings. More space for distancing, for good air ventilation and also to welcome all our neighbors whether they are taking English language classes or rolling into the building in a wheelchair or a stroller.

My wheelchair-bound friend has found the Jones off-limits for her for years. Let’s change that. Oh, and this upgrade won’t increase our taxes because the state is paying half and we have room in our debt load for the rest. We have a chance to vote “Yes” for this upgrade. Please join me.

Clare Bertrand