Local and Mass State Police form a gauntlet at Townhouse Apartments North Amherst
The Monday morning quarterbacking over Blarney Blowout was indeed as different as beer and water this time around. The main complaint seems to be the financial cost to UMass of squelching the dangerous, reputation besmirching rowdiness that garnered international attention last year.
A good thing of course, considering Amherst had 225 police officers -- 60 them Massachusetts State Police -- in town most of the day into the night to ensure peace and quiet.
And in a anti-authoritarian aging-Hippie town like Amherst, you would expect more comparisons to North Korea or some other despotic nation de jour.
Some amateur spinmeisters tried to save face by proclaiming the partying still occurred all over town only it was just not as noticeable as last year. Well if that's the case then it only proves that it is possible to party without bothering the neighborhood.
Memo to party boys: that's the idea!
The Civil War was the most costly conflict in American history. The turning point was a not so strategically located Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was the kind of battle neither side could afford to routinely engage in.
Yes the cost of killing the Blarney Blowout this year was high, but if you consider it a turning point in the war on rowdyism, a price worth paying.
Maybe next year we can get by with a few less police officers.
And yes, it's exceedingly stupid for the Gazette to include the $160,000 cost of last year's Davis Report in the above headline in order to artificially drive up the price of Saturday's successful operation.
Since peace will be restored for the next 100 years, the Davis Report only cost $1,600 per year.
Gotta be worth at least a $1 to have these party hardy boys gone