[Hidden-tech] Very nice gathering at GoNomad tonight

Rich Roth webmaster at hidden-tech.net
Fri Jun 25 14:10:23 EDT 2010

It appears we have list member who insists on adding obnioxus comments
to many postings - first a rather obnoxious response to a request for help
from Dave Farka and now link with a rather extensive slam about Amherst,
added to a very reasonable comment.

In both cases, I missed reading the post deep enough or followed the
links to
determine this -- the need to do this is unacceptable. Myself and moderator
assistants already must scan all messages to prevent spam or marketing UCE
from around the world from reaching the list.

The list member in question is being given a serious warning and I
apologize to any
list members offended on behalf of the HT board.

This is a mutual help group -- it is no place for such flames or snide
remarks.  Please keep it civil -- if you have some nasty to say, email
directly or better, keep it to yourself.

Your list/webmaster

On 6/25/2010 1:31 PM, Chris Hoogendyk wrote:
> Phil wrote:
>> Hi Maria:
>> If you must do business in Amherst I recommend checking out the 
>> Creamery Building on Fearing Street.
>> For any location you try to meet near the center parking is a disaster.
>> http://www.amherstparkingtrap.com/
>> Regards, Phil
> Having lived in Amherst for 17 years (and in Easthampton before that), I 
> find that website to be a highly offensive diatribe that launches into 
> extremely negative opinions of every aspect of Amherst. While people may 
> have legitimate differences of opinion about how to run a town 
> (Northampton, Hadley, Amherst and Easthampton all being Highly different 
> from one another), I don't think it is appropriate to launch into 
> blanket complaints, accusations and opinions about everything related to 
> a particular town.
> I enjoy living in Amherst. I'm comfortable negotiating parking when I 
> drive, although I travel on foot, by bike, or by bus more than 90% of 
> the time. Contrary to the statements on that web site, we have a 
> substantial number of local businesses. Just to mentions some, we have a 
> few good local book stores and a library, a few good local restaurants, 
> a good local office and school supplies store, a worker owned copy shop, 
> an excellent local bakery, ice cream shop, coffee shops, local clothing 
> stores, a dry cleaners, a local shoe repair shop, bicycle shop, flower 
> store, and more that are not chains. In fact, the chains are a very 
> distinct minority, and some that tried to move in have gone. I would 
> also note that the chains mentioned on that web page also exist in 
> Northampton. Amherst doesn't have as lively a downtown as Northampton, 
> nor does it have the parking facilities of Northampton necessitated by 
> that lively downtown. It also doesn't have the commercial sprawl of King 
> Street or route 9 through Hadley, although it abuts the Hadley sprawl.
> There are quite a few restaurant/bar combos that cater to the UMass 
> student crowd, and I still mourn the closing of the Seasons Restaurant 
> out on the edge of town -- the owners decided they wanted to focus their 
> attention on their "more profitable" locations that catered to students. 
> But there are plenty of other restaurants and businesses. If you want to 
> avoid the likes of Starbucks, we have at least 5 other locations where 
> you can get specialty coffees and baked goods that are all local businesses.

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