I have lived in an apartment complex in Sunderland for six years and I do not have a car. I meet the students who live around me and I spend a lot of time on buses full of students. I think this generation of students is by far the most intelligent and courteous generation of students ever. Far better than my own generation was.
Maybe the administration and students could team up to produce a weekly column for area newspapers highlighting the positive things that students do.
Also, if he want to have any credibility, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan should tone down his inflammatory language. ...(full comment)
Thanks Max for the opportunity to recall summer camp at Big Bear in the early 60's when my family lived in Long Beach. Long hikes in amazing surroundings. Throw in a rattlesnake and scorpions and what more could a boy ask for. ...(full comment)
Everyone working in the store treats customers in a similar, kind, and thoughtful way. Gary and Chris have been supporting Northampton H.S. sports teams and other community events for years. They've given a first job to many local high school kids. Supporting their local business by shopping there is a great way to show your appreciation. ...(full comment)
I am a retired WSU professor. The state appropriates $225 million of taxpayers' money to UMass Amherst, out of a $1 billion budget. That amounts to $10,000 per full-time student. I would love to see the top administrators on that campus tell those drunks that they haven't earned it, they don't deserve it, and load them on buses taking them home to Mom and Dad (who will no doubt defend their precious alcoholic offspring). When that happens, this behavior will stop. But I won't hold my breath. ...(full comment)
Of course it isn't. But this is the Gazette, and they are clearly trying to evoke some emotions or bias with the choice of facts and wording they used in this article.
For anyone who is interested, here is Mayor Morse's entire statement that goes beyond what this paper chose to publish:
"I wish to address an incident that happened last night. I was at an event in Northampton with some friends and my cousin Nick Duclos. As I left the event I realized that my car keys were not in my coat and the car was missing, so was Nick. I immediately tried calling him and then called the Northampton Police Department to report my car was missing. I was informed the car had been impounded and that Nick was arrested for OUI. At this point I took a taxi to the towing company, retrieved the car, and returned to my home.
"This situation has left me feeling betrayed and disappointed. Nick made a stupid decision and he should have known there was absolutely no reason for him to have taken the car.
"I want to be clear that at no point have I sought any favorable treatment for my cousin and am making this statement in order to be completely transparent. I am fully cooperating with the Northampton Police Department and have asked that all appropriate charges be filed. There may be those who will try to use this to attack me and score political points. I understand that reaction, and due to the nature of my position, know that I am open to such criticism. However, to the extent possible, please respect Nick's privacy while he comes to terms with his actions. What he did was unacceptable, he is family and I still love him and hope he can take time to reflect and learn from this." ...(full comment)
It behooves me as to how walking in a drunken crown of 1,000s, leaving trash behind along with vehicle and light pole damage all the while blocking traffic could be described as "fun". If they were younger, they would be described as juvenile delinquents. And the young adults giving statements to the press have no idea...... ...(full comment)
Amherst has about 1,800 students. Hampshire has about 1,400. Both of those schools together- their entire student body, combined- are smaller than the crowd at Brandywine. Any students showing up from other area colleges would be just a drop in the vomity, drunken ocean of UMass students. We don't talk about the others, because the others aren't capable of causing the kind of disturbance UMass does- they simply don't have the numbers. ...(full comment)
I was on that ship. The people who are suing are just looking for a payout. It was not the "floating misery" they claim. Here's my photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/82933936@N00/sets/72157632798182700/ ...(full comment)
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