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Alex Kent: Let a purple dinosaur lead us to better times

To the editor:

A printer’s devil crept into an article about the troubled relations between students and homeowners in Amherst and added an unexpected but refreshing note of editorial truth: “a drunken crowd of students wearing Irish-themed clothing ... on the weekend of the Barney Blowout.”

Yes: Barney, that irrepressible purple dinosaur beloved by small children everywhere. Can you imagine a “Barney Blowout” in Amherst, with crowds of wholesome students on a sugar high singing, “I love you, you love me, we’re a hap-py fam-i-leee ...” as they strut down the streets in Barney costumes?

We need a counterweight to the awful Blarney Blowout beer blast. Although I have no roots in Ireland myself, I am offended for all people of Irish descent by the notion that Ireland’s signal contribution to the world is the excessive drinking of cheap beer, raucous parties and students urinating and vomiting in the streets.

A full-scale Barney Blowout might be just the ticket in Amherst: Such an event would be entirely appropriate for college undergraduates, given their apparent developmental age. I don’t know what it would do for real estate values, but it just might persuade more people that Amherst really is a good place to raise a family.

Alex Kent

Amherst

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