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This is absolutely ridiculous. It calls into question the whole legitimacy of town meeting as a serious public forum too. ...(full comment)

Town Meetings in Amherst, Leverett to vote on resolutions restricting drones

This is an exciting project and a very workable idea. ...(full comment)

Four young farmers start Stone Soup Farm Co-op, on front of worker-owned farm trend

The Carriage Shops always had a funky (in a good way), hometown feel, and I liked supporting several of the businesses there. This change feels like one I can also support (as opposed to the Retreat, or Retreat-like, party animal housing downtown). But it seems that a deal this large could build in some costs for both buyer and seller, funding the moves and renovation for the very small businesses that will be seriously burdened. That would be a win/win that would make Archipelago and Jerald Gates real local heroes. ...(full comment)

Amherst Music House joins other businesses leaving Carriage Shops with building’s sale pending

They may be a hate group or not but it is protected free speech (they claim they are just invoking their religous beliefs so who knows if its hate speech or their religous faith that compels their viewpoint). I do know we will never get anywhere without free speech (hate or otherwise). Let the light of day shine on these people for everybody to evaluate their message and reject it or not. The answer to bad speech is more speech, not censorship. Also I would ask people to refrain from the homophobic term tea bagger when referring to the tea partiers. Its negative connotation comes from homophobia. Some people still throw that word around as an insult with impugnity. ...(full comment)

Photos, videos, live updates from today's #UMassUnited demonstration in support of the LGBTQ community

Thank you, I did read Mr. DiBartolo's column (this is Steve Herrell responding), and I think he nit-picks at just one of hundreds of studies concluding an early start time is detrimental. For example, the Minnesota study looks at grades from different courses by different teachers, but the study at the U.S. Air Force Academy involves the same courses taught by the same professors, and therefore has much more credence about very significantly higher grades from students who start their day later with later first classes. Why didn't he mention that study? There are similar studies right here in Massachusetts. I was glad to read that you were an advocate for a later start time. Sometimes it takes a very long time to effectuate an important change. Thomas Edison said, "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up." ...(full comment)

Steve Herrell: School start-time issue in Northampton will not just fade away

Mixed feelings. Proud of the UMass community for standing strong in support of the LGBTQ community! But really, WBC is allowed to park at the side of the road (which usually is not allowed in that area) under police protection and protesters are not even allowed to block their hate speech from plain view??? The blocking tactic worked in many other places but it looks like the UMass administration purposefully channeled the LGBTQ support rally as far away as possible from the hate group to avoid any confrontation. Is this how the administration shows support for the LGBTQ community? ...(full comment)

Photos, videos, live updates from today's #UMassUnited demonstration in support of the LGBTQ community

It seems like another reporter would do more good than another editor. ...(full comment)

Pulitzer Prize winner Jeff Good to join Gazette, Recorder in new executive editor position

It's very nice that the Lutheran Church supports the Survival Center and it's very nice that Rev. Steve Wilco took the time during Holy Week when he is especially busy, to write in support of the Survival Center bus stop. I would like to mention a proposed bus change that is in even more urgent need of attention. The proposal calls for the elimination of the #37 Amity shuttle bus and replacing it with a bus that will only run during daytime hours and only on weekdays. Even worse, the new bus, the proposed #33 bus will not service East Pleasant Street below Eastman Lane. That will leave two low income, elderly and disabled apartment complexes unserved. (Currently the campus shuttle, the #34 bus goes up East Pleasant Street, but only when UMass is in session). The people residing on East Pleasant Street are not as well organized as the Survival Center is, but they need our help just as much. Please call the PVTA at (413) 732-6248x242 to leave a comment up to 3 minutes long, or email comments@pvta.com. You might also want to write to Town Manager John Musante at Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave. Amherst, Ma 01002, or email townmanager@amherstma.gov. ...(full comment)

Steven Wilco: Urges PVTA to add Survival Center stop

EVERY YEAR, gary, this country loses 400 BILLION dollars to tax evasion by billionaires like the ones you claim to work for. Why don't you remember THAT the next time you are so quick to blame someone who spent their time doing their job and are collecting the benefits they bargained for instead of the ones who are robbing us blind? You wanna complain about pennies and nickels while the oligarchs in charge of the corporatocracy have stolen the entire store out from under your nose! ...(full comment)

Bruce Laurie: Confused by Supreme Court campaign contribution ruling

" If he keeps his taxes down, he helps his business and I don't have my job moved to Chindia." HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! OMG! That is the FUNNIEST bunch of b.s. I've read all week! Man, gary, you've swallowed the FOX propaganda hook, line, and sinker! ...(full comment)

Bruce Laurie: Confused by Supreme Court campaign contribution ruling

Great letter, thanks. ...(full comment)

John P. DiBartolo Jr.: Finding shades of grey in a recent school late-start study

Turn off the electronics and social media and go to bed. That's the rule in my house. The wifi router gets unplugged at 9 or 10. Cell phones have parental controls. Parents must use them. Parents must raise their kids. Parents must do their jobs. Be a parent. It takes a village to raise an idiot - you can see that whenever the state takes over parenting responsibilities. ...(full comment)

John P. DiBartolo Jr.: Finding shades of grey in a recent school late-start study