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Phil Crafts: Writer sees irony in football story, ad in same paper

To the editor:

What a banner day for irony in the Gazette and Amherst Bulletin on Sept. 26. First there’s the UMass football coach, exposed for his use of fistfights and takedowns on frozen ground to teach his players to overcome fear and self-doubt, concluding by saying that his “No. 1 priority ... is to make each one of these young men better husbands, better fathers, better community leaders.” A lofty goal, this, and who knew it could be achieved by brutalizing athletes and encouraging razzing from the “combatants” on deck?

And then, on the full-page, full-color real estate ad of the Jones Group, the same group involved in the planned multi-unit housing development that would change the very nature of Cushman Village forever and has evoked the ire of townspeople far and wide, we see their listing for a house in Cushman. “Your opportunity to live the simple, easy life in quaint Cushman Village!” The exclamation point is particularly poignant.

I can just see those better hubbies and dads handling the rush-hour traffic gridlock of the new Cushman Village with the admirable self-assurance learned in Bullying 101 with Professor Molnar.

Phil Crafts

Leverett

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