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Columnist Johanna Neumann: Saying ‘farewell’ to fluorescents

01-25-2023 10:58 AM

How many Americans does it take to change a light bulb? To change one bulb now should only take one of us. However, to change all our bulbs in the coming years will require millions of us — and the best way to initiate that action is through the...


Mary Hayden Hall: People and the planet

01-25-2023 10:56 AM

Every human life is precious. And that is why it is so very tragic that so many people subsist in unbearable conditions. Just yesterday, I listened to a story on public radio about Nigeria, where it seems most everyone is trying to leave the country....


Carol Johnson: Grateful pols support for Jones project

01-20-2023 10:01 AM

In her Jan. 6 letter to the editor, Rita Burke refers to the Jones Library as being the 22nd largest public library in Massachusetts as reason to forego state and federal funding for renovation and expansion. In fact, the Jones Library is not the 22nd...


Columnist Tolley Jones: Claiming ownership

01-19-2023 11:16 AM

Two hundred and twenty-two years, seven months, and seven days ago, my ancestor Lucia, an enslaved woman and mother of two small girls, decided to risk capture, beatings, death, and being sold away from her children to escape her enslaver — her abuser...


Stephen Armstrong: House Speakership

01-16-2023 10:44 AM

Two years ago, a crowd of hysterical insurrectionists stormed the Capitol to block the counting of electoral votes. Taking their cue from Trump, 147 distempered Republicans voted to throw a valid election into Never-Never Land. Five police officers...


Elizabeth Vierling: Consistency needed when vetting development 

01-16-2023 10:44 AM

I would like to compliment the Amherst Planning Board and staff on their discussion at the Jan. 4, 2023 meeting of the development by ServiceNet of transitional housing on Belchertown Road. The staff and board engaged in consideration of landscaping...


Guest columnist Robin Jaffin: Instead of a pavilion, give UMass service workers bonuses

01-16-2023 10:44 AM

By Robin Jaffin

While I was walking with my dog around the property and trails that surround the Arthur F. Kinney Center for Renaissance Studies building on the UMass campus, I noticed a Bobcat tractor ripping out the perennial beds behind the former Dakin home. I...


Local and Green with Darcy Dumont: Climate action in the new year: A tale of two cities

01-12-2023 10:00 AM

There are three things towns need in order to take bold climate action: staff, money and commitment.Adequate staffing is needed in operating budgets to actually implement climate action plans at a meaningful pace. Climate action requires planning,...


Gavin J. Grant: Town needs less armed police 

01-06-2023 12:06 PM

I’m writing in response to Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone’s comment — in reporter Scott Merzbach’s story “Police staffing woes hit department morale” (Gazette, Dec. 26) — that “The most dangerous thing for a community is a police department...


Scottie Faerber: Grateful for Cooley Dickinson Hospital

01-06-2023 12:06 PM

“Kindness is the beginning of healing.” The words of my transport worker at Cooley Dickinson Hospital as he delivered me to my husband’s car after a 3-day stay for treatment and a minor surgical procedure. We are so blessed in the valley to have such...


Amanda Alix: Two sides to Shutesbury Library story

01-06-2023 12:05 PM

I was present at the meeting on which the recent Amherst Bulletin and Gazette article, “Officials may limit access to library site,” is based and find it so full of inaccuracies that it should be retracted. To wit: The subtitle, “Encounter between...


Guest columnist Claire Morenon: Resolutions in the face of climate change

01-06-2023 12:05 PM

By CLAIRE MORENON

Many of us take a break from work and spend time gathering with loved ones at this time of year, providing an opportunity for reflection and contemplation alongside the merriment. As this year closes and we look ahead, we ask: What world will each of...


A Sideways Glance with Richard Bogartz: How’s this for Amherst’s new name? Emily

01-06-2023 12:05 PM

By RICHARD S. BOGARTZ

Happy New Year! For years I’ve quietly favored changing our town’s name. Recently I encountered and signed a petition (https://www.change.org/p/rename-the-town-of-amherst-massachusetts) titled “Rename the town of Amherst Massachusetts” started by...


Michael Diamond: Town needs to finish Amethyst Brook bridge 

01-04-2023 11:33 AM

The rebuilding of the main bridge at Amethyst Brook has been stalled for many months. The main bridge, leading to all paths, was destroyed during an epic storm in 2017, during which trees and 500-pound ice boulders were swept down stream, crushing the...


Columnist Russ Vernon-Jones: A meaningful step in an unfinished journey

01-04-2023 11:32 AM

It’s hard to know what to make of the UN climate conference, COP27, in Egypt last month. Coming into the “conference of the parties,” the delegates found encouragement in the election of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Brazil, who has pledged to...


Guest columnist Gary Bernhard: The spirit of party 

01-04-2023 11:32 AM

By GARY BERNHARD

We live in an age of profound political division. The two major parties are so far apart that they spend most of their time excoriating each other instead of working through their differences to develop legislation that benefits all the people, the...



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