The Fourth of July parade controversy is taking us down a strange path. Do we really want to go there? And would we recognize it, if all the current persons and passions were removed?
If the Budget Coordinating Group shouldn’t try to identify and advocate for whatever it believes is the best course of action for Amherst, then what is the point?
The October 15th Select Board meeting keeps the topic of that body’s role front and center.
The arrangement of the Lincoln Ave. traffic cushions isn’t the problem – it is a symptom of a larger problem. The Select Board does not recognize its proper role, and the Town Manager isn’t helping.
The Select Board is seeking public comment for the Town Manager’s evaluation. Here is one submission.
Town Meeting needs to become more relevant in order to be more effective. But how?
Here's a collection of thoughts on local current events.
The override finances a three-year plan, and that plan is an important opportunity for Amherst.
Critics of a new web site that endorses candidates based on their Town Meeting voting records are misdirecting their energies – unless their real preference is that voters be kept in the dark.
The Select Board thought an override vote should be held later than the March 27th election to provide time to educate the public. The public isn’t the only body needing some education.
A recurring element in the discussion of school budgets is selfish and short-sighted.
There is plenty of talk about a possible local option meals tax. It would probably work, but is it fair?
The growth rate of Amherst's commercial tax base is among the lowest in the state, and this has been a major contributing factor in the budget crisis currently facing the town.
Shifting the burden of property taxation sounds like a good idea. But it only barely helps those it is intended to assist and it creates a host of new problems.
This time of year reminds us to be thankful and to appreciate all that’s good in our lives. Here’s an appreciation of some details that make life good in Amherst.
Before getting all grateful and gushy next week, we need to deal with some petty annoyances first.
What if the biggest potential for election fraud is simple, low-tech and right under our very noses?
The debate over whether or not to extend Special Municipal Employee status to town boards and committees continues. But if diversifying committee membership is the issue, this isn't the way to accomplish that.
The announcement of the marriage of Anne Awad and Robie Hubley put an end to a lot of questions – and raised a few more.
You may have overlooked some of these important reasons to attend one of the upcoming Master Plan "Idea Gatherings."
Even those we don't know well can be important in our lives.