Letter: Anthony Birthplace Museum Supports Scenic Rail

I understand the Scenic Railway in the Berkshires is nearly complete. Only one mile needs to be laid in order to access North Adams and the town of Adams. The cost still needed is for the labor, not the materials.

Letter: Support Hogeland for Planning Board

Anne Hogeland is running for the two-year slot on the Williamstown Planning Board, and there hasn't been a more opportune time than next Tuesday's town election, to vote her on it.

Letter: Gardner Well-Qualified for Planning Board

The Williamstown Planning Board has the broadest role of any town committee, and we are fortunate this year to have a candidate running for a five-year seat who is superbly qualified to fill that role Sarah Gardner.

Letter: Gardner Saddened by Failure to Reach Waubeeka Compromise

I was saddened that the Williamstown Planning Board, of which I am a member, could not reach consensus on the language for a commercial overlay district at Waubeeka Golf Links at the May 4 meeting.

Letter: Support Puddester for Planning Board

Susan would bring no agenda with her to the Planning Board other than a desire to make the best decisions on behalf of all Williamstown residents. I wholeheartedly endorse her candidacy and recommend that you vote for her on May 10.

Letter: Moving Forward on Full Day Side-By-Side

The following are some thoughts on the recent Williamstown Elementary School Committee meeting on April 28. While I am on the High School committee, my comments are those of an individual.

Letter: Answers Needed on North Adams Health Department Backlog

The recent revelation that the City of North Adams has fallen behind in its responsibility to provide its citizens of the most basic legally required Health Inspections demands a community announcement as compelling as Mayor Alcombright announcing his recision of the Winter Parking Ban sent to all citizens.

Letter: Support Waubeeka Compromise & Sarah Gardner

I plan to vote for the Waubeeka petition at our Williamstown town meeting as amendments are worked out on the floor. It is the best way to actually preserve open space possibilities as well as perhaps "banking" the land for the future as climate change brings more challenges to food production. It certainly would not hurt to realize the revenue off of the planned proposal if it could find a responsible developer.

Letter: Senate Candidate Strongly Against Pipeline

Why do I oppose both pipelines? For starters, they transport fracked gas. Fracked gas has wreaked havoc on the environment because of all the chemicals injected into the groundwater and can ruin a water supply. Pipelines can be dangerous. In Sandisfield in 1981, they had to evacuate large parts of Sandisfield due to a leak. And they leak methane, which traps 84 more times more heat than carbon dioxide, increasing global warming. This is not to mention the disruption of the ecosystem upon...

Letter: Transparency Critical in Preschool Discussions

Seeing these two meetings unfold at the nearly the same time, (1 hour or so at the Planning Board, 45 minutes at School Committee meeting, and then back to Planning Board for another hour) I was struck by their similarities and their startling differences.

Letter: Support Puddester & Kapiloff for Planning Board

This letter is in support of Susan Puddester and Chris Kapiloff for positions on the Williamstown Planning Board. As long-time residents of Williamstown experienced in town governance, we are very concerned about the future of our community. We are confronted with a declining population, and without growth in our tax base, it will be increasingly difficult to meet the financial needs of our schools and other critical municipal operations.

Letter: Milne Friends Thankful for Book Sale Support

Eight months of planning and sorting, countless donations of quality used books and thousands of volunteer hours added up to two successful days at the Friends of Milne Public Library Used Book Sale this month.

Letter: MCLA Campus Garden Gone Without Explanation

Spring is here. Sadly, the MCLA Campus Garden, formerly located next to Smith House, is gone. In late August of 2015, the vegetables and flowers were pulled out, the native perennial shrubs and ancient flowering cherry dug up, the bird bath and stone bench memorials removed, and the entire area planted with grass seed. What was once a diverse ecosystem is now just a lawn.

Letter: Write-In Candidate for Adams-Cheshire School Committee

I would like to announce that I am a write-in candidate for a seat on the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District Committee. With all the budget cuts over the years and the possibility of school consolidation within the district, I know decisions will be difficult unless state aid increases. Otherwise the district will continue to see more decreases in funding. The loss of revenue has me concerned for the future of our children, our teachers and our communities.

Campaign Statement: Addressing the Heroin Crisis in Western Mass

Getting ahead of this epidemic requires addressing it as a major public health crisis. We need a comprehensive, community approach that links law enforcement and the medical community with mental health professionals and accessible treatment. Our communities depend on it.

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