January 12th

The local paper reports on last night's debate over the new governance plan for Amherst. Over 100 people packed the standing-room basement of the main library.
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Big crowd last night. Lots of folks on both sides. Many seemed genuinely there for the debate and were taking notes and learning about the work of the Amherst Charter Commission. I was disappointed - but not surprised - by the tone of many of the anti-Charter people at the debate last night. People snickered, mocked, taunted and generally disrespected the speakers. (Sounds like Town Meeting.) At one point, Johanna Neumann had to wait for people to finish teasing her before she continued with a point. If the governance debate is won by class, we've got this one made!