Those who chase the dragon get burned
Last week the Amherst Select Board, acting as liquor commissioners, spent two hours in heated public discussion weighing the problems caused by alcohol in our little college town.
They were trying to decide if a well run small business on the outskirts of downtown should have one of many beer/wine permits still available.
Amherst Center Store located across street from Kendrick Place near UMass
Neighbors were nothing if not united in opposition citing student rowdiness, and the closeness of Amherst Center Store to both the UMass campus and of course the new controversial Kendrick Place apartments which they claim is overly populated by students.
The Select Board narrowly approved the liquor license by a 3-2 vote.
Heroin is of course an illegal drug, and unlike marijuana it will always stay that way. For good reason. It is killing our citizens -- especially our youth -- at an unprecedented rate. More than 1,000 heroin/opioid deaths last year in the progressive state of Massachusetts.
I hope the three heroin overdoses over a very short period of time AFD and APD had to deal with Sunday night serve as a wake up call.
Before it's too late.