Today's Gazette above the fold story (at least they used a question mark)
Well I guess now I know why the Gazette sent a photographer (but not a reporter) to the Amherst Regional School Committee meeting on Tuesday: Today's whiny front page soap opera piece about the supposed poisoned political climate in town.
Had the reporter attended the Regional School Committee meeting readers could have been informed about the one-hour discussion that took place concerning expanded Regionalization -- the most important educational decision facing the four towns in more than a generation.
All the more important for print coverage since Amherst Media, although contractually obligated to, failed to cover it (too busy covering the town sponsored 3rd annual parking forum I suppose).
And where was the Gazette when former School Committee member Catherine Sanderson was being raked over the coals five years ago for telling it like it is on her blog?
The establishment went so far as to file a letter of complaint with the District Attorney about her outspokenness -- a clear violation of the First Amendment. Thus sending the unmistakable message that if you question authority, you will be crushed.
Seemingly every year someone dies horribly while hiking in the White Mountains because they choose to set off ill-prepared for the journey.
Amherst politics is not a casual stroll along the bike path, but neither is it an ascent up Mt. Washington.
I would not have it any other way.