Editorial: Cast Aside Politics and Fear, Vote Yes for the Override

Photo: The Yes campaigners.  The Belmontonian endorses a “yes” vote on Question 1, the Proposition 2 1/2 override measure on the ballot to be decided on Tuesday, April 7.  This question allows residents the opportunity to follow “the better angels of our nature,” when we can set aside manufactured tension and fear and replace it […]

Letter to the Editor: Lessons on Democracy from Kids in Starbucks

To the editor:  Yesterday [Sunday, April 5] after our Easter brunch was over and my uncle had gone, the kids had tired of playing both indoors and out, so we made our way to the town-center Starbucks for a change of scenery. Grouped around a table were five teenagers studying AP biology.  My six-year-old pointed […]

Opinion: Vote ‘Yes’ Tuesday to End Cycle of Underfunding Education

Photo: Campaigners at a recent Precinct Meeting. What are the schools our students deserve? That is the question facing our community next Tuesday.   As an educator, union member, taxpayer and resident of Belmont all my life, I have seen a cycle of underfunding education that has brought us to this point.  The response now from […]

Letter to the Editor: The Steak and Potatoes of Voting ‘Yes’ for the Override

Photo: Young “Yes” campaigners in Cushing Square on Saturday, March 28. To the editor: To the “distinguished” gentleman in the Lexus who gave me a thumbs down this morning [Saturday, March 28] when I was holding a YES for Belmont sign in Cushing Square: Congratulations on your success.  I’m sure you worked hard for it.  As my […]

Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes on April 7

To the editor: Vote “YES” on April 7th The need is clear: rising enrollment and costly mandates necessitate additional funding if we are to continue to offer our children a quality K-12 education. The statistics are compelling:  the total number of students has risen by 317 in the last five years. Belmont High’s Class of 2014 […]

Letter: Will Uplands Development Lead To More Scenes Like This?

Photo: A photo by Stephanie Liu of a suspected coyote roaming in her backyard.  To the Editor: [This letter was a comment on the town issuing a building permit for the 299-unit apartment complex in Belmont Uplands] A couple of days ago, I saw this very emaciated coyote walking in my backyard and then turned to […]

Letter to the Editor: Lobby to Preserve Tennis Courts in Belmont

To the editor: Our town once had three tennis courts at Town Field, ten at Belmont High School and four at Chenery Middle School. We have lost two at the Middle School when they rebuilt it for parking. Six-to-eight courts at the High School leaving two to dilapidate. There are two tennis teams at the High School which need to practice from March to the end of […]

Brownsberger: The ‘Sad’ End to Silver Maple Forest

As the Philadelphia-based commercial real estate firm O’Neill Properties continues to clear an eight-acre portion of the Belmont Uplands for the construction of a 299-unit apartment complex off of Route 2, the hindsight analysis has begun of what many believe is the destruction of the Silver Maple Forest situated on the border of Arlington, Belmont and […]