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Why the hatred of five-story buildings?

Amherst residents who complain about the new five-story buildings downtown could gain some perspective by considering their benefits. Then, if they still don’t like the appearance of these buildings, or what they represent, that’s OK. But they should balance these criticisms with an awareness of the positive impact of these buildings. And if this issue is going to be a part of the campaign for Town Council, let’s try to understand all the facts, and the alternatives. These buildings bring in lots of property taxes. Kendrick Place and Boltwood Place, the only two of these buildings that’ are currently open, …

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Deciding among Town Council candidates

How should voters decide which five candidates for Town Council to support on Sept. 4? Should the key factor be whether or not they favored the new form of government? Whether they backed the proposal for new elementary schools? On Tuesday night, lots of voters showed up to listen to the candidates for district council. I attended three of the five simultaneous district meetings, and there were about 150 people in attendance, an impressive turnout for an August night. An excellent format devised by the League of Women Voters provided for both debate and informal contact with voters, and lots …

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Q&A on preliminary election Sept. 4

The first election for Amherst’s new Town Council is coming up in a little over two weeks, on Sept. 4. Here are some questions and answers about this “preliminary” election. Q. Now that the town is divided into five districts instead of 10 precincts, where will I vote? A. You will vote in the same place you have always voted. Click here for the locations. The precinct lines still exist with respect to polling places. Here’s a map of the district and precinct lines and polling places. Q. Will there be a preliminary election for Town Council members in all …

One endorsement for Town Council

There are many excellent candidates for Amherst’s new Town Council, but only one I feel qualified to endorse. If you have met Mandi Jo Hanneke, or heard her speak, you may not need me to tell you why she should be part of the Town Council. But if you’ve seen her lawn signs and said “Mandi Jo?” let me tell you about my two years of working closely with her. Here’s a link to her video statement, and here’s a link to her campaign web site. I have never worked with anyone who possessed such a combination of brainpower, industriousness, …