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ANALYTICS 
(numbers in parentheses reflect the + or – change compared with the previous week.
Number of Unique Page Views:
Last 30 days: 22,197 (-576)
Last Week: 3836 (-2658).
Number of Unique Sessions
Last 30 Days: 10,277 (+11)
Last Week: 1914 (-1104)

LOOK HERE FOR OUR YEAR-END SUMMARY STATS

TOP FIVE MOST-READ STORIES FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
1. Letter: Amherst Firefighters Union Opposes Extension Of Chief’s Tenure by Ben Graham
2. Letter:  The Attached Image Shows How Proposed Garage Would Overpower Buildings On North Prospect Street by Suzannah Muspratt
3. Planning Board Remains Firmly In The Grips Of Developers by Maura Keene
4.. Zoning Amendments Pass Easily Despite Pleas From Public by Maura Keene
5. Board of Health Hits Pause On Zero Waste Initiative. Notes Uptick In COVID Cases In Amherst by Art Keene

TOP FIVE MOST-READ STORIES FROM LAST WEEK
1. Letter: Amherst Firefighters Union Opposes Extension Of Chief’s Tenure by Ben Graham
2. Zoning Amendments Pass Easily Despite Pleas From Public by Maura Keene
3 Town Of Amherst Currently Hiring Multiple Positions
4. Finance Committee Moves Forward With FY23 Budget Guidelines. Raises Concerns About Funding CRESS And DEI by Kitty Axelson-Berry
5. Opinion: America Is Now In Fascism’s Legal Phase by Jason Stanley (for The Guardian)

WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE?

NEW / BREAKING
COVID-19 Update For The Week Of January 5, 2022 by Art and Maura Keene

Opinion:  A Perplexing Start. With Omicron Peaking, New Council Votes To Resume Face-To-Face Meetings Immediately by Art Keene

UMass Resumes Public COVID Testing

Letter: New Council Must Prioritize Climate Justice And Racial Equity by Sunrise Movement

Letter: The Sounds of Silence by Denise Barberet

Letter: Support Revote On Overlay Zoning For Parking Garage by Sarah McKee

Opinion: Petition Seeks To Force Revote On Parking Lot Rezoning by Ira Bryck

ARTS
Photo Of The Week: A 2021 Gallery by Art Keene

I’m A Climate Scientist. Don’t Look Up Captures The Madness I See Every Day by Peter Kalmus (for The Guardian)

CAMPUS
UMass Resumes Public COVID Testing

New UMass Poll Finds Continued National Political Division Over January 6 Attack On The U.S. Capitol

CLIMATE / ENVIRONMENT / NATURE
Letter: Toward Equitable Building Decarbonization by Laura MacLeod

Opinion: Telling People To ‘Follow The Science’ Won’t Save The Planet. But They Will Fight For Justice by Amy Westervelt (for The Guardian)

Opinion: Love, Justice And Climate Change. Things Worth Remembering From 2021 by Russ Vernon-Jones

DEMOCRACY
New UMass Poll Finds Continued National Political Division Over January 6 Attack On The U.S. Capitol

EVENTS
Amherst Cinema Reduces Theater Capacity To 50% Amid Omicron Variant Concerns

Public Invited To Swearing-in Of New Town Council On January 3

FEATURES
10 Stories That Gave Readers Hope in 2021 by the editors of Yes Magazine

Indy Editors’ Picks: Recommended Good Reads From 2021 by Art Keene

The Indy By The Numbers: Most-Read In 2021 by Art Keene

Photo Of The Week: A 2021 Gallery by Art Keene

HISTORY
Recalling Desmond Tutu’s Visit To Amherst by Jeff Lee

OPINION
Letter: New Council Must Prioritize Climate Justice And Racial Equity by Sunrise Movement

Letter: The Sounds of Silence by Denise Barberet

Letter: Toward Equitable Building Decarbonization by Laura MacLeod

Letter: Support Revote On Overlay Zoning For Parking Garage by Sarah McKee

Opinion: Petition Seeks To Force Revote On Parking Lot Rezoning by Ira Bryck

Opinion: Inaugural Council Concludes With Shameful Vote by Maura Keene

Opinion: Telling People To ‘Follow The Science’ Won’t Save The Planet. But They Will Fight For Justice by Amy Westervelt (for The Guardian)

I’m A Climate Scientist. Don’t Look Up Captures The Madness I See Every Day by Peter Kalmus (for The Guardian)

Opinion: Love, Justice And Climate Change. Things Worth Remembering From 2021 by Russ Vernon-Jones

PARKING
Letter: Support Revote On Overlay Zoning For Parking Garage by Sarah McKee

Opinion: Petition Seeks To Force Revote On Parking Lot Rezoning by Ira Bryck

Opinion: Inaugural Council Concludes With Shameful Vote by Maura Keene

PUBLIC HEALTH
COVID-19 Update For The Week Of January 5, 2022 by Art and Maura Keene

Opinion:  A Perplexing Start. With Omicron Peaking, New Council Votes To Resume Face-To-Face Meetings Immediately by Art Keene

UMass Resumes Public COVID Testing

Board Of Health Hears Wild Claims From Anti-Vaxxers by Maura Keene

Amherst Cinema Reduces Theater Capacity To 50% Amid Omicron Variant Concerns

COVID-19 Update For The Week Of December 29, 2021 by Art and Maura Keene

TOWN GOVERNMENT
Opinion:  A Perplexing Start. With Omicron Peaking, New Council Votes To Resume Face-To-Face Meetings Immediately by Art Keene

Letter: New Council Must Prioritize Climate Justice And Racial Equity by Sunrise Movement

Letter: The Sounds of Silence by Denise Barberet

Board Of Health Hears Wild Claims From Anti-Vaxxers by Maura Keene

Opinion: Inaugural Council Concludes With Shameful Vote by Maura Keene

YEAR IN REVIEW
Opinion: Love, Justice And Climate Change. Things Worth Remembering From 2021 by Russ Vernon-Jones

10 Stories That Gave Readers Hope in 2021 by the editors of Yes Magazine

Indy Editors’ Picks: Recommended Good Reads From 2021 by Art Keene

The Indy By The Numbers: Most-Read In 2021 by Art Keene

Photo Of The Week: A 2021 Gallery by Art Keene

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