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Columnist Razvan Sibii: Either respect U.S. immigration law or admit you don’t really care
06-17-2024 6:05 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

Earlier this month, the White House put out a “Fact Sheet” meant to explain President Biden’s latest immigration-related executive action, which orders American authorities to drastically limit many immigrants’ ability to make their case for asylum...

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Patricia Ramsey: What does a recession look like?
06-17-2024 6:04 PM

According to polls, the majority of Americans believe we are in a deep recession. Huh? What are they seeing?Do they personally know many people actively seeking employment and coming up empty? Do they see long lines at hiring events? Are they looking...


UMass launches task force in wake of spring protests, will also review police activity
06-17-2024 4:33 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — UMass Amherst Chancellor Javier Reyes has announced the creation of a Campus Demonstration Policy Task Force and an independent review of police activity on campus following events this spring that lead to more than 100 arrests on campus...


Janine Roberts: Unraveling my white supremacist history
06-16-2024 8:56 PM

By JANINE ROBERTS

There were rumors that my Roberts great-grandparents were enslavers in Culpeper County, Virginia. I began researching them before a 2023 southern road trip with a friend of 50 years, Delores Brown. Exploring Georgia, where she lived as a child with...


David Sloviter: Jones Library board must go
06-16-2024 8:54 PM

The board of the Jones Library must step down and take the director and the inept over-compensated fundraisers with them. The newest decision to use endowment funds money to make the proposed expansion work is irresponsible and inappropriate in the...


Guest columnists Austin Sarat and Sharon Sharry: Why Jones Library expansion remains best option
06-14-2024 3:52 PM

By AUSTIN SARAT and SHARON SHARRY

 The Jones Library trustees remain convinced that the proposed library renovation and expansion project represents the right vision for Amherst’s main library. This vision has been repeatedly endorsed by town residents and their government. Put...


Ginny Hamilton: Jones Library claims
06-14-2024 3:49 PM

Even with proposed cuts to the Jones Library renovation and expansion plans, the result will be a net-zero ready building. Plans remain in place to eliminate the fossil fuel HVAC system. Solar panels were not in the original bid documents; the...


Mary Sayer: Library or second Bangs Community Center?
06-14-2024 3:49 PM

When I read about the current plans for the renovation of the Jones library, it sounds more like the description of a second Bangs Community Center, a building with only a nod to history (front façade retained), a massed building at the back with...


Around Amherst: Plans to ‘art up’ utility boxes part of Electrify Amherst
06-14-2024 11:58 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — At a downtown intersection, portraits of and quotes by poets Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost are on a utility box, and in East Amherst center a Black Lives Matter theme is on a similar box.With the artwork done by artists in previous years...


Book Bag: ‘Sandwich’ by Catherine Newman; ‘The Man Who Loved Trees’ by Annaliese Bischoff
06-14-2024 11:28 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

SandwichBy Catherine NewmanHarperCollins In late 2022, Amherst writer Catherine Newman released her first adult novel, “We All Want Impossible Things,” after previously publishing a number of nonfiction titles, a middle grade novel, and quite a bit of...


The Beat Goes On: Jazz manouche and choro in Northampton, Pride music celebrations in Greenfield, and jazz in Amherst
06-13-2024 2:03 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It was 20 years ago today … Well, maybe not exactly to the day, but Django in June, the annual Northampton celebration of the music created by the legendary Belgian-French guitarist Django Reinhardt, is marking its 20th anniversary this year.That’s no...


State auditor: UMass violated law in axing Advancement office last year
06-12-2024 4:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts officials violated provisions of the state’s Taxpayer Protection Act law when moving fundraising operations from the Advancement office to the private University Amherst Foundation, according to a final...


Juneteenth celebrations animate Amherst on Saturday, Wednesday
06-12-2024 4:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Celebrations to mark Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when the last American citizens in Galveston, Texas were informed that slavery was abolished, are scheduled for both Saturday and on the federal holiday itself.Three years after June 19, also...


Nine people recommended to Amherst council for town charter review
06-12-2024 4:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A committee to review Amherst’s home-rule charter and propose possible adjustments to the 37-page document, based on feedback it receives from the public over the next year, could be formed by the Town Council next week.The charter,...


A ‘Refuse to Lose’ reunion: UMass stars gather to talk about Final Four run for new documentary
06-11-2024 6:10 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A Final Four run for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team and its “Refuse to Lose” mantra that defined the program’s most successful era continues to provide fond memories for the players and coaches involved nearly 30 years...


Review sought of 41-acre solar/battery project on Amherst’s eastern edge
06-11-2024 12:09 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A controversial large-scale solar and battery development planned for a portion of a mostly wooded 102-acre site on the eastern edge of town is continuing to make its way through municipal permitting, with a private consultant to review...


Guest columnist Cathy Schoen: Jones Library cuts will come at high cost
06-10-2024 6:25 PM

By CATHY SCHOEN

 When I voted to support the Jones Library expansion project in December 2023, I was assured there was high confidence in the $46 million total estimate and that trustees would be able to close the $7 million gap that remained to pay for their share...


David Schmidt: The unasked and unanswered question
06-10-2024 6:24 PM

In the ongoing debate about the Amherst Jones Library renovation, the Jones Library director has repeatedly asserted that renovation without expansion will cost more than the proposed expansion plan. This cost anomaly only exists because the town...


Amherst library dips into endowment to pay architects up to $551K to pare Jones project cost
06-10-2024 4:02 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More than $500,000 from the Jones Inc. endowment will be used to pay Finegold Alexander Architects for an additional 12 weeks of work, during which its team will aim to reduce the costs of the proposed expansion and renovation of the Jones...


Amherst planners ready to move ahead on University Drive overlay district
06-10-2024 3:15 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An overlay district along a section of University Drive, to encourage construction of more apartments and mixed-use buildings, as well as social dormitories for college students, is awaiting a recommendation from the Planning Board.Senior...


Amherst College committed to partnership with schools, though talks ongoing
06-09-2024 3:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Despite a number of appeals and meetings seeking financial support from Amherst College for the Amherst and Regional public schools, both through official and unofficial channels, no arrangement has yet been reached.Even so, both college and...

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