The fog will lift for sure next year
I'm a little ahead of my bricks and mortar media friends with that traditional year end list culminating with the top story of the year. In fact I'm w-a-y ahead since this is my prediction for the biggest story of 2016.
Amherst has not seen a Charter change battle in over ten years, and this upcoming one is shaping up to be even more epic since this time around it stands a better chance of passing. And the previous one narrowly came up short out of 4,814 votes cast losing by only 14 -- less than 1%.
Amherst For All members gather at Kendrick Park Saturday for final push
In fact the monumental effort to collect a whopping 3,215 signatures has only been aided by the (over) reaction of Town Meeting cheerleaders thus far:
The threat to challenge "every signature" certified by the Town Clerk for instance underscores their unAmerican desperate way of trying to prevent voters from having a say over the way they are governed.
Or the video upload to YouTube suggesting "conflict of interest" with Amherst For All Steering Committee members, while failing to acknowledge Town Meeting members are exempt from state conflict of interest law (unlike a Mayor or Council).
Talk about throwing stones while living in a Tiffany stained glass teepee.
Amherst For All is more than just a name; it represents something hardpressed taxpayers have not seen in too long a time: hope.