Letter To The Editor: A Better Diehl For Massachusetts

Photo: Geoff Diehl on the campaign trail. To the editor: Our community is a special place. We deserve a senator who cares. I have been disappointed over the past 6 years with Senator Elizabeth Warren. Putting politics aside, she really hasn’t done her job. She has written books and gone on all the shows, but […]

Letter To The Editor: Until There Is Accountability, A ‘No’ Vote On New High School

Photo: A No until accountability To The Editor: I am not going to argue whether we need a new school. I am concerned about the people on the committee and our past debacles. Wellington Elementary School 1. full before it was finished being built. 2. Neighbor Noise issues (as a side the building committee rolled […]

Letter To The Editor: Where You Learn Matters

Photo: The proposed 7-12 High School. To the editor: As a teacher, I’d like to believe that I’m equally effective in every classroom. In reality, the space I teach in matters a lot, and my students don’t have the same quality of experience in a cramped classroom as they do in an airy one. Over […]

Letter To The Editor: Belmont Should Not Place Fear-Based Regs On Burgeoning Industry

Photo: Sample jars at an existing retail operation. To the editor: The debate surrounding retail marijuana arises fears of the “undesirable people” that would be brought into town, fear of kids having access to marijuana, and scares about kids seeing marijuana in the window of a store (despite the fact that retailers are not allowed […]

Letter To The Editor: Planning Board’s Meeting Date Is Quite Shocking

Photo: Yom Kippur begins at sunset on Tuesday. Dear Planning Board, As you probably know by now, the League of Women Voters of Belmont has been studying Marijuana in Belmont since September 2017. We, as a committee, try to stay involved and aware in all aspects of planning for Marijuana in Belmont. We happened to […]

Letter To The Editor: Norton’s Collaborative, Inclusive Style A Great Fit For School Committee

Photo: Jill Norton (Norton’s campaign Facebook site) To the editor: Jill Norton is passionate about education and would be a superb member of the School Committee. Besides her excellent credentials, Jill is smart, authentic, has good communication skills and has demonstrated leadership both professionally and in her personal activities.  I know Jill from Trinity Church […]

Town Election 2018: Town Meeting Needs Diversity At The Table

Photo: Belmont Town Meeting 2017 [Editor’s note: The Belmontonian encourages all candidates for Town Meeting and Town-wide office to submit a letter on their platform or motivation for running.] My name is Dovie Yoana King and I’m a candidate for Belmont Town Meeting in Precinct 7. I live on Oxford Avenue with my son, Noah, […]

Letter to the Editor: Help Keep Teens Safe This Holiday Season

Photo: Wayside Youth & Family Support Network logo. You might know me as the “Slices of Life” columnist, or as Minutes Recorder for various Belmont committees, but I’m also a Public Health Educator, now working with Wayside Youth & Family Support Network to oversee Belmont’s implementation of grants focused on drug/alcohol use and mental health disorders. […]

Letter to the Editor: Selectmen Personal Preferences Sunk Pay As You Throw

Photo: Logo for pay as you throw trash collection. To the editor: In a Nov. 16th public pronouncement, Jim Williams provided his reasoning as Chair of the Board of Selectmen on their recent trash decision. I appreciate his clarifying the factors that informed the decision to pursue only one option for the trash and recycling Request […]

Letter to the Editor: Include Four Trash Options In RFP, Not Just One

Photo: Waste contract in Bemont. To the editor: I am writing to express my concern and disappointment that Belmont’s Board of Selectmen has issued only a very limited RFP for Belmont’s new trash contract. Belmont’s Board of Selectmen has asked for quotes only for 65-gallon barrel pickup and has ignored the more environmentally-friendly 35-gallon barrel […]