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 […]

Letter to the Editor: Dash’s Experience, Temperament Ensures Strong Selectman

Photo: Adam Dash To the editor: I am writing to urge you to vote for Adam Dash for Selectman on Tuesday, April 4. The combination of Adam’s skills, experience, and temperament will ensure that he is a strong and effective selectman.  As the senior governing body for the town, the Board of Selectmen should reflect […]

Letter to the Editor: Dash’s Experience, Ideas Make Him Ideal Selectman

Photo: Adam Dash To the Editor: I write in support of Adam Dash for Selectman and hope that you will support him, too. I’ve heard Adam speak a couple of times about how he sees the role of Selectman and have been impressed on several levels. First, I am struck by his extensive experience on the […]

Letter To The Editor: Liquor, Money, and Politics in Belmont

Photo: The September meeting between the Selectmen and Star Market and the Loading Dock. To the editor: Belmont was a “dry” town until about 2000. Over several years, we carefully authorized and licensed restaurants and retail stores. Elected officials spent hours developing rules to ensure that when we went from “dry” to “wet” we wouldn’t end […]

Letter to the Editor: Vote No On The Charter Schools Ballot Question

Photo: credit Portside To the editor: In the spring of 2015, Belmont residents voted for an override to better fund our schools and town infrastructure. Faced with rising budgets and kids with varied needs, we voted to increase our taxes. Other communities across the state have done the same. Massachusetts public schools remain the best […]

To the Globe: Paolillo Responds to Columnist Minuteman Op-Ed

Photo: [Editor’s note: The article below is a letter to the editor in the Boston Sunday Globe, Sept. 18] DANTE RAMOS missed the point of Belmont’s opposition to the Minuteman High School referendum (“Oh, Belmont! Local control fetish hurts vocational schools,” Opinion, Sept. 11). The Minuteman district is broken. A substantial percentage of the approximately 600 students […]

Letter to the Editor: Let’s Stand by Our Word – Vote “Yes” on Minuteman

Photo: The new Minuteman Tech High School To the editor: In the spring Belmont town meeting voted overwhelmingly to adopt the new Minuteman Regional Agreement and remain in the district. Now that it comes to paying our fair share for a new school building, the same people want to “chicken out” and reverse course to […]

Letter to the Editor: Vote ‘No’ to Preserve the Override Funds

Photo: Supporter of the schools override. To the editor: How do we want to spend the 2015 override funds? Next Tuesday, Belmont voters will decide whether to spend $335,000 to $500,000 per year (or more) to fund the $144 million new Minuteman debt. I am a school advocate. I strongly support vocational education. But this […]