Should You Vote for the Amherst Town Charter?

Has the time finally come to scrap Town Meeting? Should you vote for the proposed charter, endorsing a town council system to replace it? You’ve heard the debates. You’ve argued with friends. You’ve frowned at your neighbors. Now it’s time to get real. Tune in for some next level hemming and hawing as Mandi Jo Hanneke, from Amherst for All, Maria Kopicki, from Not This Charter, together with our bewildered host, try to make sense of the decision that could change Amherst forever!

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What the heck is Solomon thinking??

Hampshire 3rd District State Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose explains why he left the democratic party, how nuclear power can save us, and what the anti-charter movement gets wrong.

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What Is the Future of the Hampshire Gazette?

In a world where attention spans are shrinking, fake news is proliferating, and Facebook and Google are eating up 60% of online ad dollars, newspapers everywhere are struggling to survive. How is the Hampshire Gazette, a mainstay of local democracy and community building, handling this crisis? Will they prevail? Or will they be ground into the dust like so many of their competitors?

Find out on the latest episode of Let’s Be Reasonable!

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I can’t go on. I’ll go on.

In episode 6 of Let’s Be Reasonable, Amherst town manager Paul Bockelman, UMass architecture professor and public school advocate Max Page, and recent Amherst school committee candidate Jennifer Page discuss the defeat of the $66 million Wildwood school building proposal, and what it means for the future.

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(Thanks Sean!)

Can the Valley Survive Trump?

In episode 5 of Let’s Be Reasonable, a veteran political strategist, a black feminist archaeologist, and a rabbi discuss the implications of the Trump ascendency for Amherst and the Valley.

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BOLD v SASS

Fire up the wonkmobile and grab the popcorn, because it is officially ON. Table-thumpin’ Irv Rhodes and number-crunchin’ Maria Kopicki go head to head in the fourth episode of Let’s Be Reasonable. At issue: the Wildwood School Building Project, aka Question 5.

Irv: “Moving from certainty to uncertainty is irresponsible.”

Maria: “We’ve been having buyer’s remorse since the 70s. Let’s not do it again.”

Tune in for the issues. Stay for the fireworks. Subscribe to Let’s Be Reasonable through iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play. Or stream it online here.

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Local Architect John Kuhn Defends His New Amherst Office Building In the Third Episode of LBR

Discussed in this episode of LBR: What is the fate of Amherst’s downtown? Can architecture help us imagine our future? How was the design for the first new office building to be built in Amherst in 30 years arrived at?

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Below, buildings mentioned in the podcast:

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Gazette version of the new Kuhn-Riddle office building.

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Original version of the new Kuhn-Riddle office building.

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Alternative view of the new Kuhn-Riddle office building.

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The Kendrick Place building, designed by Archipelago.

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Rendering of 1 East Pleasant, designed by Archipelago.

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Pompidou, a spanking new building in the middle of Paris, cited by Kuhn.

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Table-top cathedral, designed by a six-year-old.

Second episode of Let’s Be Reasonable now online!

Be advised: the powerful second episode of the Amherst Live-sponsored podcast Let’s Be Reasonable is now online. In this episode, Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee member Vira Douangmany-Cage provides an after action report on the precipitous departure of ARSS superintendent Maria Geryk, and discusses the challenges of building trust on a deeply divided school committee.

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Amherst Live Launches New Podcast

We are very pleased to announce a new, Amherst Live-sponsored podcast called “Let’s Be Reasonable,” a hyperlocal podcast dedicated to one of the greatest challenges facing the people of the Pioneer Valley. Because let’s face it. Despite the Valley’s reputation as a bastion of enlightenment, it’s not easy being reasonable these days.

The first episode of Let’s Be Reasonable, available today, features an in-depth interview with Amherst-Pelham School Committee member Trevor Baptiste on the controversial departure of Maria Geryk from her role as superintendent of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School district. Check it out! And don’t forget to subscribe to be notified of future episodes! Or else “like” us on Facebook!