Friday, September 16, 2016

Drought Dilemma

Amherst Regional High School late this afternoon

Water to drink, flush toilets and fight fires ... or water to keep athletic fields green and soft?

With the water crisis getting anything but better, and with the current concern being a closure of our #1 employer, UMass/AMHERST, do we really want to relax water protocols now in favor of athletics?

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26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why not haul it from the Connecticut River?

Nina Koch said...

Looks like Principal Mark Jackson is asking for community input. Did you write him and tell him your opinion?

Larry Kelley said...

No, I did not.

I'm a journalist so I'm not supposed to have an opinion.

Nina Koch said...

So there's no opinion in this sentence?

"With the water crisis getting anything but better, and with the current concern being a closure of our #1 employer, UMass/AMHERST, do we really want to relax water protocols now in favor of athletics?"

It is possible to communicate with people directly. Just send it to him. And be sure to notice the time stamp on the reply he sends you. It will be somewhere between 4am and 6am.

Anonymous said...

Larry with no opinion? NOW THAT'S FUNNY!

Larry Kelley said...

Well, that was sarcasm.

But of course I still have not found a special sarcasm font.

Anonymous said...

What great sacrilege - wasting water for sports - and endless sinkhole - like the regional schools financials- truck in treated effluent - maybe that $309 k Maria embezzled would have been " greener pastures " for the schools - think about that ??!!!

Anonymous said...

Personally, I'm hoping there is some way that they can all lose.

5-3-03, the Town of Amherst deserves to burn in Hell.

Or at least be very thirsty.

Anonymous said...

Time to install turf fields, for just this eventuality. The fields were bad to start with. This drought only makes them worse.

Anonymous said...

Ed, the Town of Amherst didn't do anything to you. Why are you staying up all night cooking up revenge fantasies? Every time you state one of them, you are demonstrating your mental instability.

Anonymous said...

get the clean water that's discharged down at the treatment plant

Anonymous said...

Ed, mentally ill people can't fool us into thinking they're sane. We know you are bonkers.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed that the fields were in crummy shape before the drought? It's not like they were seeded and watered well before the ban.

Anonymous said...

My sense is that senseless gladiators can play in the dirt and mud. The grass is going to die back in a few weeks anyway. You can also buy water from other sources by the truck if you want it, not that costly, esp at low evap rates of fall.

Anonymous said...

Ed, the Town of Amherst didn't do anything to you.
On & after May 3, 2003, it very much did.

Why are you staying up all night
Who says I was/am?
(Notwithstanding the underlying logical fallacies involved in the allegation.)

cooking up revenge fantasies?

Schadenfreude is not a revenge fantasy.

Anonymous said...

There's our Eddie!

Anonymous said...

Why are you so paranoid about "our Eddie"?

Has it occurred to you what that says about you?

Anonymous said...

It says I love you Edward!

Nina Koch said...

People like to grouse and grumble about school administrators, but here you have one asking for your recommendations on this issue. I wonder how many people have taken him up on it. Some folks would rather complain on a blog than participate in solving a problem.

Larry Kelley said...

Said the woman who just complained on a blog.

Nina Koch said...

I'm not complaining. I'm urging people to communicate in a way that might actually be effective. You're just too embarrassed to write to Mark directly.

Larry Kelley said...

Oh, I think he got the message.

Anonymous said...

Nina, what if we don't like either option?

Anonymous said...

Are UMasss and Amherst and Hampshire Colleges watering their athletic fields?

Anonymous said...

Senseless?

Anonymous said...

Yeah Larry, why not ask UMass why they are watering the practice fields down at McGuirk? Because I just walked by at 2:30 and there was a ridiculous amount of water being sprayed on the practice field from two difference directions.