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As far as Retreat goes,  we reap what we sow

To the editor:

It’s not too late for the public to change its plan.

In a letter to the editor, Cowls is criticized for their “cold blooded” efforts in developing their land holdings in North Amherst. The writer also describes the once-crowded Cowls parking lot as starting to resemble a ghost town. In the meantime, I wonder how many former Cowls customers have left our town and are contributing to the thriving parking lots of Lowes and Home Depot in Hadley?

I admit I do not know enough about the Retreat plan to comment on its merits or shortcomings but I do know something about the delicate balance between business and agriculture in Amherst. Whether we are farmers, business people, students or academics, we reap what we sow.

Until now I haven’t heard that Cowls has been a bad neighbor to the town. Have we been good neighbors to Cowls?

Alice Morse



Phil Crafts: It’s not too late for Cowls to change its plan

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

To the editor: I suppose there’s a measure of inevitability in the decision by W.D.Cowls Inc., to make a killing by selling its woodlot in Cushman to a housing developer. An old friend of mine, a carpenter and contractor with long ties to Cowls Building Supply, pretty much predicted it a while back. Hadley, already home to a Walmart, had …

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