Editorials

Why does it even matter that Selectmen deliberated a permit fee reduction for the Indian Hill building project in secret? If the result would have been the same even with public input, even with a fair hearing, even with opposition voices duly heard and acknowledged?    Because this is supposed to...
As part of the Special Permit issued to Indian Hill Music Center by the Groton Planning Board, Indian Hill agreed to make changes to the intersection of Route 119 and Old Ayer Road. Indian Hill Music Center values the work to be done there at between $390,000 and $500,000.    Now, some Selectmen...
A supportable argument can be made that it is in the best interest of the town to grant Indian Hill Music Center a reduction in their Building Permit fee. However, the purpose of this editorial is not to argue the merit or lack-of-merit of such a permit reduction, but whether the process Selectmen...
*/ [Editor: Last week we published an excerpt from Arizona Senator Jeff Flake’s October address to the United States Senate. This week, we print the concluding portion of his address.      Even though Senator Flake’s address concerns our national political discourse, there can be little doubt...
*/ [Editor:The following is an excerpt from Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake’s Address to the U.S. Senate in October. The points he makes in this address are rightly and justly directed at the highest level of our national political behavior but also could a reminder for us at the local...
A friend and neighbor is 65. His mother is 88. Both are retired and both are senior citizens. But, the needs, concerns and outlooks of these two seniors are very different. How can we design senior citizen programs to bridge such a wide divide?     Despite the Council On Aging and the Senior Center...
We support and encourage prudent increases in programming for Senior Citizens. As the elderly population grows, there is no doubt that some seniors will need robust services and support, especially as they reach their late 70s and 80s. COA Director Kathy Shelp has forcefully advocated for increased...
*/ [Farewell Remarks by Amherst Town Meeting Moderator Harrison Gregg’s on his retirement November 28, 2012]     Like most of you, I love Town Meeting. I love the ideal of participatory democracy, the right to speak one’s mind, the right to petition one’s government for redress of grievances or...
*/ [Generally, the ‘Reflection Connection’ section is our ‘catch-all’ for short pieces of wisdom, observations and comments that have no other obvious home in the newspaper. Here we make an exception and reprint a longer piece, a letter sent by Selectman Jack Petroploulos to the BoS, meant to be...
*/ Elea Kemler, Minister First Parish Church, led the Community Vigil For Healing on September 10, 2017 for healing, recognition and remembrance of four victims murdered at 80 Common Street on Friday. Below are excerpts from the Rev. Kemler’s comments. Shua Arshad, President of the Interfaith...

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