The Northampton City Council voted on Sept. 16 on a “Bring The War Dollars Home” resolution that would provide additional programs for returning soldiers. Plagued by the $128 million dollar spending on the war effort over the last nine years, Northampton and Amherst want the war to end, and the funding to terminate. The resolution will oppose increased troop levels in Afghanistan and additional funding for Military campaigns.
While President Obama declared an end to U.S. combat in Iraq. Concern of the integrity of public service has spiked. Ruth Hooke, an Amherst resident is concerned by department cuts and a less than spectacular infrastructure energized by a lack of state funding
A second vote on the warrant article is scheduled for Oct. 7. Followed by an Amherst Town Meeting on Nov. 8.