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Richard S. Bogartz: Gender identity just isn’t my call

11-22-2023 6:06 PM

By RICHARD S. BOGARTZ

 The person I’m writing about, who is very close to me, has read this and given permission to publish it.I’ll call him Guy. Guy has the body of a 20-year-old woman. He knows himself to be a 20-year-old man.We talk weekly. It’s a great privilege. Guy...


Judy Franklin: Let’s be open-minded and take care of our students

09-14-2023 11:08 AM

My mother bought me the book “Our Bodies, Ourselves” by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective in 1976 or so. I discovered that Massachusetts women are strong. And I knew people who had gone to college in Massachusetts, so in 1980 I moved here to...


Clement Seldin: A rush to judgment on Morris

09-14-2023 11:08 AM

I read with interest the sensible and heartfelt perspective expressed by parent Lisa Cain regarding the resignation of Amherst Regional Schools Superintendent Michael Morris (“Morris deserved benefit of the doubt,” Gazette Aug. 23). It’s fair to say...


Pat Ononibaku: Demling’s blame misplaced

09-14-2023 11:08 AM

The Progressive Coalition of Amherst (PCA) rejects recent false assertions that Peter Demling makes in his letter of resignation from the School Committee, particularly that PCA is in any way responsible for the so-called climate of “vitriol,”...


Columnist Darcy Dumont: Hear about California energy democracy in action Sept. 19

09-14-2023 11:08 AM

By DARCY DUMONT

Local Energy Advocates of Western MA is excited to be hosting a Zoom meeting on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. with Jessica Guadalupe Tovar, who will be presenting on cutting-edge California climate justice work. Jessica is an energy democracy organizer for the...


Ira Bryck: Suggestions for downtown parking in Amherst 

09-14-2023 11:07 AM

As Amherst tries to figure out the problem of parking downtown, may I suggest the following:■Instead of paying millions of dollars to either expand the Boltwood parking structure, or build a new garage on North Prospect Street, might we first...


Guest columnist Ilana Redstone: Trapped by our certainty

09-14-2023 11:06 AM

By ILANA REDSTONE

I haven’t lived in Amherst in many years, but the crisis with the School Committee has drawn me back in.I grew up in Amherst. This was in the 1980s (ARHS class of 1990) so a few things have changed since then, of course. Mr. Saulsberry doesn’t teach...


Judy Franklin: Let’s be open-minded and take care of our students

09-06-2023 7:21 PM

My mother bought me the book “Our Bodies, Ourselves” by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective in 1976 or so. I discovered that Massachusetts women are strong. And I knew people who had gone to college in Massachusetts, so in 1980 I moved here to...


David Farnham: Time for critics to join the School Committee

09-06-2023 7:20 PM

It is hard to watch well-qualified volunteers leaving the School Committee in Amherst. This is now the opportunity for the vocal critics to join the committee and make a positive difference. It is easy to criticize from the sideline, but not so easy...


John Varner: Our duty to get past toxic divisions

09-06-2023 7:19 PM

By JOHN VARNER

Amherst has never been short on opinionated, vocal people, but lately the tone of debate on issues has gone from spirited to dispiriting. This is a sad reflection of the trajectory of politics nationally, and it is a deeply troubling development for...


Guest columnist Richard S. Bogartz: ‘Certain inalienable rights’

09-06-2023 7:18 PM

By RICHARD S. BOGARTZ

On July 4, 1776, the 13 United States of America unanimously declared that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,...


Peggy Matthews-Nilsen: Legitimate disagreements

08-31-2023 5:44 PM

Once again Amherst is in the news for public leaders resigning and once again the explanation is that politics in Amherst is too “vitriolic.” What appears to pass unnoticed is that vitriol as an explanation places blame only on the aggrieved, glossing...


Martha Hanner: Urges more respectful dialogue

08-31-2023 5:44 PM

We have now lost four talented, dedicated members of our local school committees, because they could no longer tolerate the ugly personal attacks as they worked to find the right path forward to deal with a very complex situation. To these four...


Jena Schwartz: The public is not the problem

08-31-2023 5:43 PM

By JENA SCHWARTZ

As a writer, I pay attention to the way words are used, sometimes unknowingly but often with intention, to create narratives that support a given perspective. One could argue that is both the magic and the danger of language: It creates worlds. It can...


Peter Demling: The poisoning of the public square

08-31-2023 5:42 PM

By PETER DEMLING

I have resigned from the Amherst and Amherst-Pelham Regional School committees because I can no longer endure the constant stream of bullying and personal attacks from those who disagree with me.The cumulative and sustained stress has taken a...


Tommy Filiault: Amherst College can do more to support town

08-28-2023 2:56 PM

I agree 100% with John Varner’s column about UMass supporting the town with funding [“Amherst deal with UMass a good start, more needed,” Gazette, July 14]. Now I would like to see Amherst College double or triple that effort from UMass.Being the home...


Philip Korman: Local farmers need our continued support

08-28-2023 2:56 PM

The widespread flooding that hit our region in mid-July illuminates many truths: the vulnerability of many local farms, the hard reality of climate change, and the amazing response that is possible when the community, non-profit and foundation...


Erin Jacque: Weakened conservation commissions put cities and towns at risk 

08-28-2023 2:56 PM

This summer the Pioneer Valley has seen the impacts of climate change in the form of significant amounts of precipitation. Wet conditions have impacted infrastructure like roads, and culverts, and has overwhelmed stormwater systems causing flooding in...


D. Felton: UMass Classics Dept. had role in movie, too

08-28-2023 2:56 PM

UMass Classics Dept. had role in movie, tooI enjoyed the article about “The Holdovers” in the Aug. 18 Amherst Bulletin. It was great to see so many local institutions get shoutouts — Deerfield Academy, Northfield Mount Hermon, the Bridge of Flowers,...


Columnist Russ Vernon-Jones: Bright spots — Celebrate local progress on climate change

08-25-2023 7:13 PM

By RUSS VERNON-JONES

The climate news has been especially brutal recently — both locally and globally. While it’s important to face how bad things are, I think it is wise to also put our attention on good climate news wherever we can find it. Here are some of the local...



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