Opinion: Criminal Justice Reform Lightens Up On The Little Guy

Last week, the legislature sent a broad reform of the criminal justice system to Gov. Baker with a unanimous vote in the Massachusetts State Senate and a near-unanimous vote in the House of Representatives. The bill is about lightening up on the little guy – the person who has made some mistakes but wants to […]

Opinion: Belmont’s #MeToo Problem

  By Wendy Murphy In the throes of relentless news stories about the #MeToo movement, Larry Nassar’s sexual victimization of more than 250 girls, and widespread abuse of women by celebrities, businessmen, lawmakers, etc, it seemed an appropriate time to examine the status of females in Belmont. So I asked several young people to comment […]

Letter to the Editor: Planning Board Chaos Underscores Need for Accountability

Photo: The Planning Board To the editor: And then there were three. With the unexpected resignations this week of former Planning Board Chairwoman Liz Allison and Board member Barbara Fiacco, Belmont’s Planning Board has been reduced to just three members, having lost half its members to resignation in the past month – all three under […]

West Nile Virus Found In Belmont and Cambridge

Photo: West Nile virus back in Belmont. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced today, Thursday, July 13 that West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitos recently collected from Belmont and Cambridge.  WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. While WNV can infect people of all […]

Letter to the Editor: Belmont Day School Expansion A Traffic Problem

Photo: Belmont Day School. To the editor: I sent a letter to the Belmont Planning Board yesterday (April 4, 2017) from my neighbors and my wife and me. [See letter below] As you can see from the letter, we only learned last week that the Belmont Day School is proposing adding a 25,000 square feet buildings on […]

Letter to the Editor: For Belmont’s Children, Vote Adam Dash

Photo: Adam Dash To the editor: Two years ago, I was inspired by kids studying in Starbucks to share my opinion that passing the override was crucial to our children’s future, and that of subsequent generations. While those specific kids may have graduated by now, Belmont’s children haven’t gone away. In fact, there are only more of […]

Letter to the Editor: OPEB — Complex Issue, Complex Discussion

Photo: Guy Carbone To the editor: A one minute answer during an important debate is not the best way to discuss a complex issue.  OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits) and how Belmont should pay for these retiree obligations is an exceedingly complex subject and deserves a complete discussion than it was possible to provide at […]

Letter To The Editor: Adam Dash, An Experienced Leader

Photo: Adam Dash To the editor: I am writing this letter in support of Adam Dash for Selectmen. During my time on the Belmont School Committee, I appreciated the thorough review, thoughtful questions and action-based thinking that Adam brought to the budget process, especially during joint meetings of the Board of Selectmen, Warrant and School […]

Letter to the Editor: Carbone No Stranger to Smart Governance

Photo: Guy Carbone To the editor: I urge you to vote for Guy Carbone for Selectman on April 4.      Guy is a former Watertown resident who served two terms as Selectman and three terms as School Committee member. Because of this, he is no stranger to what it takes to have smart and […]